Nov. 8, 1936 - Jan. 31, 3013
ELKHART — Peggy J. Trimmer, 76, of Elkhart, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Greenleaf Living Center after a long and brave struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Pinson, Tenn., to Inez and Thomas Burl Orr. In 1973, she moved to Elkhart and married Terry Trimmer on May 17, 1986.
He survives along with her three children, Carol (Scott) Paine of Tampa, and Geneele (Phil Campagnoli) Crump and Larry Crump of Elkhart; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Carol Orr of Georgia.
Preceding her in death were her brother, Charles Orr; a granddaughter, Bakhita Paine; and both of her parents.
Peggy was raised in Tennessee, graduated from Jackson High School and attended business school in Nashville. She worked as an administrative secretary at Miles Laboratory and then at Bayer for 23 years. She retired from Bayer in 1997.
Peggy had a strong and loving interest in her family, especially the grandchildren. She said, “They are so much fun I would have liked to have had them first.” Her interests and volunteering varied over a broad range of interests. She volunteered for Hospice and Reach to Recovery. She was active in Elkhart Civic Theatre, Matinee Musicale, the Notre Dame University Club, was an officer in the League of Women Voters, chairman of her church Altar Guild and belonged to her church’s Esther Circle. She was an amazing seamstress and a gourmet cook.
A funeral service celebrating Peggy’s life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior the service. Peggy has donated her body as an anatomical gift to Indiana University Medical School.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Elkhart Civic Theatre or the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of Northern Indiana.