Marguerite (Peggy) B. Milovich
Peggy B. Milovich died July 26, 2011 in Payette, Idaho. She was born Sept. 12, 1924 in Visalia, the youngest of two girls of Horace and Winnie Birdsong. Peggy graduated from Bishop High School in 1942. She then attended Pasadena Jr. College and graduated with a degree in business. During the war Peggy worked for the government and then the California State Highway Department. She married (Bob) Robert Milovich May 25, 1947 in Bishop. Together they had two sons, Mark and Michael. During her 64 years of marriage, she and Bob owned and operated several gas and tire stations. They were Shell Oil jobbers for Inyo and Mono counties in California and Tonopah County in Nevada. Peggy was the bookkeeper. And what a great job she did! It was a family operation so when the kids got old enough they helped also. For a five year period Peggy also bought and sold Indian Jewelry in a store in Mammoth. She was an expert on style and stones. Peggy loved being with the children and enjoyed all their sports and friends. She helped them with the ups and downs of life, and always fed everyone and would gladly give a helping hand to all.
In 1981 after retiring and selling the business, they moved to Fruitland, Idaho where Peggy was active with the Republican National Committee and worked for the election. She also was a supporter of Friday Musical. She met many people and assumed many long lasting relationships. Peggy loved to entertain and knew how to put a huge party together, making us all marvel at how good the food, decorations and the group of people were. She was an expert – so organized. Her house was always opened and she was a wealth of information and knowledge. She loved to mother everyone, but was firm and direct. In 2002 Bob and Peggy built a home on the Snake River in Weiser, Idaho where she enjoyed the wildlife.
Preceding her death are her mother and father and both of her sons. This broke Peggy’s heart to lose her children.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Bob (Robert) Milovich of Weiser, Idaho; and her sister, Dorothy Craig of Lewiston, Idaho.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the First United Methodist Church, 502 North 11th Street, in Payette, Idaho, with a luncheon following. Peggy was cremated following the services and graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 10 at the West Line Street Cemetery in Bishop. A reception will be held at VFW Post No. 8988 in Bishop at 11 a.m., following the services.