Margaret “Peggy” Ethel Bartley was born August 10, 1928 as the only child of Clifford Howell, born in Prairie City, Oregon in 1888 and Estella (Ford) Howell, Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1892. Peggy passed away in her sleep, at her home in Prairie City, Oregon, February 3, 2018. A grave side service will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Prairie City Cemetery, starting at 1:00 PM, with a reception to follow at Prairie Baptist Church, in Prairie City.
Peggy’s parents were married in Philadelphia, PA, in 1921, then Clifford brought Estella (a secretary) to Prairie City, his home town, where he did ranch work on the Kent Ranch, and a few others, until Estella became pregnant, at which time they traveled back to Philadelphia, where Peggy was born. She was raised in Philadelphia, prior to moving to Prairie City in 1938. Her primary residences, since coming to Prairie City as a child, have been Prairie City for most of her life as well as Bates, Oregon for 12 years.
During her adult life, Peggy was married to Wilbert L Sullens and had two children, son Jim and daughter Gloria, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and passed away in 1967; Darrell William (Bill) Hammack whom which she had two children Ginger and Cindi; and finally, in 1976, to the love of her life, Chuck “Charles S.” Bartley who passed away in 2003.
Peggy was a mother, and a housewife, worked in retail, and spent over 30 years working as a bank clerk in the Prairie City Bank, which was, at various times: the Grant County Bank, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, Well’s Fargo, and Bank of Eastern Oregon. She, and her husband Chuck, owned and operated Chuck’s Service Station and Chuck’s Mini Mart inPrairie City until their retirement.
Each of her Husbands were veterans, as well as her oldest son: Wilbert, Army Air Corps- WWII; Bill, combat-Army -Korea; Chuck, combat- Navy-WWII; and son, Jim, combat-Army - Vietnam.
Peggy loved to visit, work on her genealogy, loved her pets, liked puzzles and taking care of her home. In the earlier years, she loved creek-fishing local streams in the area and she rarely missed the TV show “Blue Bloods” and paid close attention to the news. She was a fiercely independent person.
She cared very much for her family, and her Grandson, Brady Sullens, was very special to her. Their special relationship was like Grandmother and best friend…like Morgan Freeman’s “Hoke Colburn” in Driving Miss Daisy.
Peggy is survived by daughter Ginger and husband Mike Lassiter of Cottage Grove, Oregon, Daughter Cindi and husband Rus Peterson of Corvallis, Oregon and son Jim Sullens and wife Lynette of Prairie City, Oregon as well as seven Grandchildren; six Great Grandchildren; one new Great Granddaughter since she passed and two more Great Grandchildren on the way this summer.
In lieu of flowers that family has asked that a contribution be made to Hope4Paws for pet care in and around Grant County, or Prairie City Oregon Cemetery District for Maintenance to go towards Improvements and a new well. Contributions can be made through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd, John Day, Oregon.
To light a candle in Peggy’s memory or to offer condolences to her family, please visit www.driskillmemorialchapel.com
—Paid for by the family of Peggy Bartley