Margaret "Peggy" Ann Stripe passed away peacefully Sunday, March 29, 2015, the morning after reaching her 84th birthday at the Gold Country Retirement Center in Placerville, Calif. She was born March 28, 1931, in Denver, Colo., to Lester E. and Mary Isabel (White) Carlson. She grew up and attended school in Denver, graduating from South High School in June of 1949. Peggy left Colorado for a higher education at Monmouth College in Illinois, where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in 1953. While at college, she met the first of her lifelong friends and her future husband. On Aug. 21, 1954, she married James T. Stripe. She and Tom moved to Chicago, where she began her long career in education and a family with the birth of her first of three sons. Returning to Colorado in 1959, her husband becoming a doctor and having her second son, Peggy found herself a full-time mother raising two sons and having the time to visit regularly with her parents. The next big move was to California in 1964; they were now a family of five. The family eventually settled in El Dorado Hills in 1966, where she lived the remainder of her active life. While raising her three sons, Peggy became very active in the local community and El Dorado County. She again became very involved with education when she was appointed to the El Dorado Unified School Board in April 1969. She was elected for three more terms, allowing her to personally hand her sons their high school diplomas. During her last term she returned to teaching and went back to school, earning an administrative credential from California State University, Sacramento. With her sons at college and she divorced, Peggy began teaching full time at Camerado Springs Middle School. Two years later she became the Assistant Principal for five years before she took over as the Principal of William Brooks Elementary School in 1986. She returned to Camerado Springs Middle School in 1990 as its Principal, where she retired in June of 1995. Though retired, she continued her love for kids of all ages. She was always interested in her grandchildren's endeavors and future aspirations. Being a very independent woman, she always encouraged those she met to pursue their interests and goals in education and in life. She even inspired those who took care of her during her last days of life. Peggy led an active and full life supporting her sons in their numerous sports and activities. She looked forward to the yearly family vacation at Dillon Beach, where her sons and their invited friends could expend their energy each day while she relaxed reading or working on puzzles. Those vacations became even more enjoyable when she was able to share them with her daughters-in-law and grandchildren. She loved her daughters-in-law for their individual commitments in life and especially seeing the love and happiness each of them brought to her sons' lives. Apart from family, she found enjoyment playing golf, playing and organizing bridge with her many close friends, gardening in her yard and always looking forward to sharing coffee or lunch with her lifelong friends, whom she loved dearly. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Les and Isabel; and her brother, Jack. She is survived by son, Jim, daughter-in-law, Sara, and granddaughter, Miranda; son, John, daughter-in-law, Cindy, and granddaughters, Jennifer and Heather; son, Steve, daughter-in-law, Gaby, and grandson, Ian; and ex-spouse, Tom. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Gold Country for all the support you granted us and for the attentiveness and loving care provided during our mother's final days. Knowing a familiar voice sat with her keeping her comfortable and her last moments peaceful will forever be special to her family and dearest lifelong friends. Peggy will be remembered as a loving mother, devoted educator, an independent woman willing to meet any challenge and a valued friend to many.