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Margaret (Cunningham) Myers Peterson, 93, passed away Aug. 7, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Bloomington, Ind., to Edwin and Gladys Cunningham.
She served as a WAVE during World War II, studied engineering at Penn State and taught night-flight to airmen. After graduating from Indiana University with a journalism degree, she worked as the night editor of the Pharos-Tribune in Logansport, Ind. She received her master's in education from Notre Dame and spent most of her life as an English and creative writing teacher. While her husband was stationed overseas she taught English to Japanese students. While working at Dean Witter Reynolds, she was a stock broker sales trainer. In retirement, she volunteered as a guest teacher at a juvenile detention center and taught classes on how to write your memoir.
Margaret was a watercolor artist, a pianist, a singer and a gifted writer. She was a lifelong learner. She attended Indiana University's Mini University for 15 years and even late in her 80s took piano arranging classes. She had many humorous articles published in local papers and spent time as a movie reviewer. She performed in a barbershop quartet with her husband, Jack Peterson, in Lafayette, Calif. The legacy to her family was her vast collection of writings of her life and travels, her sense of adventure and the immense joy she found in life.
Survivors include her three children, Connie (John) Kanable, Carol (Mr. Lynn Swearingen) Myers and Richard Myers; grandchildren, Kristen (Matt) Hough, Kelsey (Jonathan) Cunningham; great-grandchildren, Louis and Veronica Hough; her brother, Joe (Cher) Cunningham; and sister, Carrie (Dr. Jack) Elleman.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Mark Kanable; her husband, Jack Peterson; her sisters, Mary Dollens and Nancy Elleman; and her former husband, Robert Myers.
A private memorial was held on Aug. 13, 2017.
Published on August 24, 2017
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