Margaret “Peggy Jo” Carpenter

March 11, 1920 ‒ February 27, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Margaret Josephine “Peggy Jo” Carpenter, age 99, went home to the Lord on Thursday, February 27, 2020, just 13 days before what would have been her 100th birthday.  She died peacefully in her home at Primrose Retirement Communities, Mansfield, Ohio.

Peggy Jo was born on March 11, 1920, to Josephine Brockett Ansel and Albert Jacob Ansel in Elgin, Illinois. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1937, and then attended Baldwin-Wallace College (B-W), graduating in 1941 magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German. At B-W, she participated in many theatrical productions, was elected May Queen, and in 1940 was the only woman amongst a group of men enrolled in an aeronautics class that the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Authority sponsored (she was referred to as “the lone eagle”).  She successfully completed the course and received her pilot’s license.

She married Robert Perry (Bob) Carpenter, her college sweetheart, on September 6, 1943.  After Bob returned from completing his military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, they settled in Lexington, Ohio. One of Peggy Jo’s first volunteer jobs was serving as a Girl Scout leader; she continued to be a Girl Scout leader for several years and was also an active member of the Lexington Mothers Club.

In 1954, Peggy Jo began her career as an elementary school teacher. Except for two years of teaching in Painesville, Ohio, she taught fourth and sixth grades in Lexington, and she served as an interim principal of one of the elementary schools for a short while. Her colleagues elected her to the position of president of the teachers association.   Early in her career, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ashland College.  Her bubbly personality and love of teaching had an exceptionally positive impact on hundreds of students. After retiring in 1986, she continued to be an active member of the local retired teachers association and Delta Gamma Society, International, an honor society for female educators. She also applied her teaching skills while tutoring children living in the Mansfield area who needed extra help.

As a faithfully dedicated member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church, she was a true “pillar,” devoting much time as a choir member, a Sunday School teacher, a women’s group member, a deacon, and an elder. In addition, she served for 16 years as the Clerk of the Session. She was also quite involved with the Muskingum Valley Presbytery for several years.

Peggy Jo was enthusiastic, talented, creative, caring, considerate, and loving, as well as extraordinarily dedicated to carrying out the tasks that lay before her. She was a voracious reader who had many interests. She enjoyed listening to music (was a big fan of classical music and the crooner Perry Como) and watching the TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” as well as any TV show featuring the actor Tom Selleck (perhaps because he resembled her late husband!). She was delighted to devour rum raisin ice cream, and chocolate, caramel, and cashew “turtle” candy, and to drink large quantities of black coffee (particularly iced coffee).

Recently reflecting on her life, the deeply religious Peggy Jo remarked, “I’ve lived a long life and loved the Lord. Now I am going home.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Don, her husband Bob; and her son Scott. She is survived by her daughter Penny Jones and her husband Tom, of Morris Plains, NJ; her daughter-in-law Carolyn Carpenter, of Lexington, OH; her son Lance Carpenter and his wife Deanna, of Frisco, TX.  Also, by grandchildren Meg Jones-Monteiro and her husband Filomeno; Anne Weiner and her husband Howard; Christopher Carpenter and his wife Julie; Amy Bowland and her husband Tony; Andy Carpenter and his wife Melissa; Jason Carpenter and his wife Amy; Keely Moulder and her husband Loren, and Faith Carpenter. Also, by great-grandchildren Tomas and Noah Monteiro; Grace and Andrew Weiner; Ben and Makayla Carpenter; Morgan, Chandler, and Emma Bowland;  Lacha and Graham Carpenter; Claire and Aiden Moulder.  In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law Irene Ansel, of Dallas, TX.

The family thanks the employees at Primrose Retirement Communities in Mansfield for all of the wonderful care they provided to Peggy Jo during her last years. In addition, the family thanks Ajay Chawla, M.D., and the employees of and volunteers from Hospice of North Central Ohio for their assistance. Penny and Lance are exceedingly grateful to Carolyn Carpenter, an absolute godsend, for the countless hours of loving care she gave to her mother-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Peggy Jo Carpenter ’41 Endowed Scholarship, Baldwin Wallace University, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, OH 44017-2088, (Peggy Jo’s family has been affiliated with Baldwin Wallace for over 100 years.)

Her family will receive friends Friday, March 6, 2020, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44904) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  Friends may also call the hour prior to the funeral.  Pastor Jim Randas will officiate.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

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  • To all the Carpenters and families, my deepest condolences. She was a grand lady and it sounds like she was ahead of her time. May her memory bring you all peace.

  • My condolences for such a special lady who touched many hearts. It was so special to be an adopted Taylor to get to know the Carpenters . God Bless.
    God has a angel in heaven.

  • Absolutely loved her. She will be missed but her memory will be carried on by all the lives she impacted! Thoughts and prayers!

  • Mrs Carpenter touched many lives including mine. Not only was she my sixth grade teacher(1967 graduating class); I assisted her for 2 years while in high school in the old red brick building: took her to our class reunion a few years back. Also as a strange coincidence my daughter lived for a time in her old house on holiday hill. So we are connected. You will be missed by all of your children In The Lexington family especially me! Love Pete

  • A sincere tribute to a lovely lady! Peggy Jo was a neighbor when I was a child. She was my Girl Scout Leader. What a long and wonderful life she lived. Sincere Sympathy to her large family; children, grandchildren & great grandchildren! Love to her daughter-in-law Carolyn Chandler Carpenter and Carolyn’s children & grand children.

  • I knew Peggy Jo as an outstanding teacher and an amazing woman. My condolences to the Carpenter family.

  • What a beautiful tribute. Mrs. Carpenter was an exceptional person and teacher. My sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Your Mother was our neighbor on Holiday Hill and was so good to us and our children, plus our sons enjoyed helping her with lawn care and snow removal.
    She was a special person to us and so many other people.

  • Dear sweet Peggy Jo. You were such an inspiration and example of, not only what a teacher should be, but also what a caring person should be. Your lessons have stayed with me for years. Your spirit will be with me always. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lanny, so sorry to hear about your mom. Never had her as a teacher, but she was always nice to me. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Peggy Jo was such a lovely woman who’s spirit and love of God shined brightly in all that she did. I am sure the angels welcomed her with open arms. We were blessed to have her in our lives for so many years ♥️

  • Greatest teacher ever. Thank you for making learning fun. Also, you have one heck of a family! Good job momming and grandmomming. Your legacy is vast and you will never be forgotten.

  • To he family of Peggy Jo. She was a great teacher and also always said hello to you and she loved everyone especially the children she had at school. God blessed all of us who knew her. God Bless your family always and you will be in my prayers. Katy Wehinger,

  • We had the good fortune of having spent a little time with Peggy Jo at some Jones’ family celebrations as well as while ringing in the new millennial. Our memories of her will be held close as a happy, spirited and loving woman. Our condolences to the entire Carpenter/ Jones family.

  • My Fourth grade teacher that I have so many loving memories of. God bless the family and lean on him for comfort!!

  • Peggy Jo was my great 6th-grade math teacher. I also remember having
    time-released Bible lessons in her Lexington classroom. Mrs. Shook was
    the Child Evangelism Fellowship teacher. Peggy Jo faithfully supported that
    ministry every since I have known her. She had a great personality and
    love for Jesus. Her life has been an inspiration!

  • To Peggy Jo’s Family,

    So many memories of conversations over cookies and coffee on visits in Lexington. Over my 49 1/2 years on staff at Baldwin Wallace in alumni and philanthropy work, conversations with Peggy Jo were always a pleasure and an inspiration. I am very glad Peggy Jo was and always will be a part of my life and the life of Baldwin Wallace.

  • So sorry for your loss! I have great memories of Mrs. Carpenter (especially her Magnum PI t-shirt) as one of my teachers in the “pod” at Eastern. Prayers for comfort for you all during this time.

  • What a lovely lady. She has touched touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.
    I was fortunate to have the pleasure of working with her during my years in the Lexington schools.

  • Mrs. Carpenter was one of a kind and a great teacher. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  • She was my 6th grade teacher and supported my love of reading. I appreciated her kindness and firmness; she made me a better student. So wonderful you enjoyed her company for so many years. Coincidentally, I now live in Painesville.

  • Carolyn, Chris, Amy, Andy, spouses of all and your children,

    Our prayers are with you all! I had Mrs Carpenter and she was a wonderful teacher, who also taught me a lot about life. She will be greatly missed!!

    Kathy (Foust) and Logan McCown
    Tom Glenn

  • Always have fond memories of my sixth grade teacher, Mrs Carpenter ! My sincere condolences to her family !

  • God threw away the mold when he created our beloved P.J. What an awesome teacher, mentor, listener, friend. Peace and love to the family.

  • As a distant family member from the 40s to 60s, Peggy Jo was always a bright spot in our lives. Little did I know that she play that role in many, many others’ lives.

    Our sympathy goes out to Penny & all her family. Peggy Jo remains in our thoughts & prayers.

    Carolyn & Bob “Butch” Hargrove

  • We all have such fond memories of the Carpenter family. Our family had the privilege of having them as our neighbors and babysitters. Such fond memories we made with this family on Holiday Hill. Lots of happy thoughts, Barbie Schuster Ludwig.

  • Peggy Jo was like a second mother to me. Our family lived just a few houses down Holiday Hill in Lexington. I was very close to her son Scott, who was just a few months older than me.
    I am sorry I won’t be able to come to the services as I am still recovering from pneumonia.
    I agree completely with all of the comments above. She was kind and loving to all. I know that she is resting in peace as her love for God and all of God’s children was pure and strong.
    When I was in basic training for the Air Force, my wife lived with my parents. Peggy Jo found a student who needed help with reading and referred him to my wife. Having a student to help was a blessing to her.

  • I am blessed to have known and shared many hours visiting with Peggy Jo during her last year at Primrose. My mother, who at 101 years and passed in December, lived just a few doors down the hall. They both loved to read. I would often share some of her books which… always lent itself to the most enjoyable cheerful conversations. We had much in common, even our days of navigating small aircraft. Though I only knew her a very short while, I quickly realized her life made a huge difference in the people she loved. Without a doubt, her spirit will live on within her legacy. I will always treasure her friendship and am honored to celebrate her life.

  • I had the privilege of teaching with Peggy at Eastern Elementary for several years. What a wonderful lady and teacher! My condolences to her family.

  • May God embrace the Carpenter family with his love and comfort in this time of your loss. I had the privilege of being a student (Lexington class of ’73) of your Mom and Grandmother. Peggy Jo was one of those rare teachers who not only made students want to learn, but made learning an adventure. Over the years whenever or wherever I would see her she would greet me with her beautiful smile and sweet engaging demeanor. A wonderful and amazing lad y who will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Dear Carpenter family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all in the loss of this wonderful lady, what a legacy she has left! We wanted so much to be at the service. Mike had surgery Friday afternoon and was not up and around enough to attend this morning. Would have loved to have reminisced with you all. We have many wonderful memories!
    With love and sympathy,

  • Mrs Carpenter’s son Scott and I were good friends in high school. Many years later my mom and I met her at the Primrose Retirement Community when we toured the facility. She welcomed us into her living room where we sat and chatted for a few minutes. She was very friendly, upbeat and a most gracious lady. I know several people who knew her well over the years and they all have spoken about her in the highest regard.

  • ‘Aunt’ Peggy Jo is perhaps one of the most beautiful human beings I have met in my life. I was blessed to be brought “into the family” upon marrying my late wife Susan and must say, it truly was a blessing. Smart, funny and a joy to be around, Peggy Jo undoubtedly was a blessing to every person to touch her life whether a student, colleague, friend or simply an acquaintance. Her kind, loving spirit made everyone comfortable and accepted. My sincere condolences go out to Penny and Tom, Lance and Deanna, Carolyn and the entire family. In the few times I got to be around her and the family, I can see why Sue loved her so much. While her light has been taken from this world, Heaven certainly is a much brighter place! God bless you all.