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Marilynn C. "Peg" (Cox) Neal

April 26, 1932 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 86)

Marilynn “Peg” Camille Cox Neal, a longtime Moscow resident, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 29, 2018. She was 86.  

Peg was born April 26, 1932 to Andrew T. and Minnie Glenn Cox of Kendrick, ID. She attended the American Ridge Elementary School near Kendrick before attending St. Paul’s High School for Girls in Walla Walla, WA.  

Peg attended the University of Idaho from 1950 to 1955, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She later returned to get an Education degree. She was an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Peg married her longtime love, Thomas L. Neal, on August 22, 1953 in Kendrick.

In 1955, Peg and Tom moved to Ft. Knox, KY, and then Ft. Hood, TX where Tom was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. After the Army Peg and Tom moved briefly to Twin Falls, ID before moving to Kendrick where they lived on the family farm.

Peg and Tom moved to Moscow in 1960, where Peg was an active member of the community. She taught a year of English at the Moscow Junior High before moving on to a 19-year career as an English teacher at Moscow High School. Peg retired in 1987.

After retirement Peg stayed busy volunteering for the Moscow Public Library, Aspen Park Healthcare and Moscow Charter School. She also served on the Moscow Daily News Advisory Board and the Gamma Phi Beta Corporation Board, where she served as president for several years.

Peg enjoyed reading, volunteer work, gardening, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband Tom (2008), her oldest son David (1992), and her brother Andrew T. Cox Jr. (2016).

She is survived by her daughter and son, Stephanie (Alan) Neal-Odenborg of Moscow and Patrick (Angie) Neal of Meridian; a sister Andrea Sue (Jim) Reid of Boise; Six grandchildren Eric Neal of Moscow, Heidi Pederson of Pullman, Richelle (Andrew) Krzyzanowski of Bonney Lake, WA, Kate Neal of Portland, OR, Neal Pederson of Coeur d’Alene, Kyle (Amber) Neal of Kuna; and one great-grandchild EmmaLynn Pederson-Emerson of Pullman. Peg also leaves behind an extended family and many friends who loved her and will miss her immensely.

The memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. The Rev. Robin Biffle, Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, will officiate.

A reception will follow for friends and family at the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­University Inn – Best Western.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Public Library or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Moscow.

The family of Peg would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Good Samaritan Village for taking such wonderful care of Peg these last few years.

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