Longtime Lovell resident Peggy Rohrer passed away on April 14, 2021 following a courageous, gritty and determined 4-year battle with cancer.
Peggy was born May 28, 1948 in Powell, the oldest child of Gerald and Dorothy Brinkerhoff. The family lived in Lovell, Worland and North Dakota before permanently settling in Lovell.
While in high school, Peggy met Frankie Rohrer, who had moved to Lovell for work. They secretly eloped to Idaho with their friends Gary and Judy and were married in June of 1964. After their wedding, the couple lived in Douglas for a time, where their oldest son, Greg, was born. Their second son, Frankie, was born after the family moved back to Lovell. Their third son, Thomas, surprised the family when he was born over 9 years later. The family was sealed in the Vernal Utah Temple in 1998.
Peggy was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She served as the Sunday School teacher for the 16-18-year-olds in the Lovell 1st Ward for 20 years. She later served in the Young Women’s and Primary organizations, as well. After the wards were changed, she was privileged to serve as the Relief Society President and the Primary President of the 5th Ward for a time. She also had the joy of serving in the Nursery while in the 5th Ward. For many years, she also served as an ordinance worker in the Billings Temple.
In the early years of her marriage and family, Peggy worked as a flagger for various road construction projects. She was instrumental in the fight to gain flaggers a higher wage. She even received a letter from the governor for her efforts.
Later, Peggy spent nearly 30 years as “The Home Interiors Lady”, traveling throughout the Big Horn Basin helping women decorate and beautify their homes. She was also an avid crafter, creating and selling home décor items at craft fairs in Cody, Worland and Powell, where she was one of the more popular vendors. Her items found place in hundreds of homes in the area.
Additionally, Peggy was also active in the community as a member of the Lovell Women’s Club for over 40 years. She was honored to serve as the Club’s president on two occasions. One of her main duties was to produce the Mustang Follies each summer. For a few years, she even produced a Christmas-time version called the Winter Follies. She was also the chair of the Rosa Vida Black Scholarship Fund, granting scholarships to Lovell students attending various colleges or universities in Wyoming.
In her later years, she found the most joy having summer get-togethers with her “Grandma’s Girls”, an exclusive club for her grand-daughters and great-grand-daughters.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Frankie; their sons Greg, Frankie and Thomas; daughter-in-law Rebekah; grandchildren David, Megan, Tanner, Nathan, Amy, Sophie and Maddie; great-grandchildren Zaylee, Roxyn, Neveah and Roselena; siblings Barbara, Jay and Jack; as well as many aunts and uncles and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Scott, and an infant sister.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 22, 2021, 2:00 PM at the Lovell Stake Center followed by burial in the Lovell Cemetery.
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at North Big Horn Hospital who cared for Peggy during her final days.
Services can be watched on the Haskell Funeral Home Page on Facebook.
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