Peggy Jo Minner
Born August 28, 1926, in Oklahoma City, OK, passed peacefully at home on June 6, 2015. Peggy was the last of 10 children of Elsie Loretta Pees and Thomas Edward Collier. She was baptized ‘Margaret Joan’ by a bullheaded priest who insisted ‘Peggy’ and ‘Jo’ were nicknames, and he refused to baptize a nickname.
Peggy Jo Collier grew up in Oklahoma City, attending parochial schools until she transferred to Classen High School to receive secretarial training. After graduating from Classen at age 16, she worked several secretarial jobs in OKC and—toward the end of WWII—at The Presidio of San Francisco. When she was 22, 5’10” Peggy ‘helped out’ her best girlfriend, Mary Jo Fowler, by agreeing to a blind double date with a couple of soldiers from Fort Sill…so long as the fellow was tall enough.
In 1950, Peggy wed 6’1” John Roger Minner (Roger) in OKC and followed him to various army postings in the United States. Following Roger’s graduation from the University of Oklahoma, she went wherever in the world his job took him. She was a strong, resourceful woman, taking her first commercial airplane trip from OKC to Tripoli in order to join her husband at his first overseas assignment…7 months pregnant and with a 4- and 6-year-old in tow. Peggy set a fine example for her children on how to fix anything should the need arise as Roger was away in the oilfields every other month for the better part of seven years. Over the course of Roger’s career, Peggy’s sense of humor, adaptability and perseverance helped her make homes for the family in places as diverse and as unpredictable as Morgan City, LA; Tripoli, Libya; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Ankara, Turkey; Lagos, Nigeria; and Ahwaz, Iran, before returning stateside to Odessa, TX and Bakersfield, CA.
Upon Roger’s retirement in 1983, the couple ‘settled’ into their former vacation home in Forest Lakes, Bayfield, CO and continued to find new adventures by traveling via RV all over the North American continent: all 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico, enjoying the sights and visiting relatives and long-time friends who had also returned to the U.S. from overseas assignments.
Peggy made many new friends by actively participating in two RV groups: the Narrow Gauge Good Sams of Durango/Bayfield (of which she was a charter member) and the Cuatro Estados chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association. When not traveling, she put her can-do attitude to use by volunteering with the Mercy Auxiliary and sustained her quest for knowledge as a member of the Bayfield Study Club. Peggy and Roger celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an extended family gathering in Durango; their 60th with a Caribbean cruise accompanied by their children (their only cruise). They were looking forward to celebrating 65 years of marriage in August.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her nine siblings, and her eldest son Charles Ben Minner II. She is survived by her husband and three children: Laura McGill (Ben) of Durango, CO; Roger E. Minner of Midland, TX; and Margaret (Maggy) Croxville (David) of Prosper, TX; 5 grandsons, J. Kirk McGill, Will Croxville, Zack McGill, Conor Croxville, and Patric Croxville as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family will announce a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Peggy Jo Minner