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Margaret "Peg" Shaw Coe
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1917
Park County
Wyoming, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 2006
Park County
Wyoming, USA

Margaret "Peg" Shaw Coe, 88, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Cody on Nov. 15, 2006.

Peg was born to Effie Abrahamson and Ernest F. Shaw in Cody on Christmas Day 1917. She always said she was "born under a lucky star."

Her mother was the first teacher at Wapiti School. Her father, a newspaperman, worked for E.L. Newton and later became editor and publisher of the Cody Enterprise. He was also an early Wyoming State Representative.

Effie and Ernest were early Buffalo Bill Museum board members. As a child Peg helped her mother with fundraising tea parties to support construction of the original museum. Peg enjoyed a Cody childhood with frequent trips to the family cabin near Yellowstone Park.

Many people found Peg a special child, including Molly Brown of Titanic fame, who was so enamored with her after a brief stay at the family home that she wanted to adopt her. Although her parents refused to send her to Denver, Peg and Molly corresponded for years.

Peg attended school in Cody and graduated from high school in 1935. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Wyoming where in 1939 she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

After graduation she worked at the Enterprise and then for the Australian Procurement Office in Washington, D.C. She went on to San Francisco where she worked for the War Labor Board and also helped edit a newsletter for Cody servicemen stationed overseas during World War II.

While in San Francisco, she married Henry H.R. Coe in 1943. Coe was the son of industrialist and philanthropist William Robertson Coe and Mai Rogers Coe.

Peg and Henry returned to Cody after his discharge from the Navy and bought Pahaska Tepee, Buffalo Bill Cody's original hunting lodge which the family still operates as a successful tourist resort near Yellowstone's East Entrance.

The couple had three children, Anne Rogers Coe, Henry H.R. "Hank" Coe and Robert Douglas Coe. Both Mr. and Mrs. Coe were strong supporters of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) and Mr. Coe served on its board of trustees.

Henry died in 1966 and Peg assumed his seat on the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (BBMA) board, which began her four-decade tenure as a trustee.

In 1968, Peg and her brother John Richard "Dick" Shaw and his wife Phyl purchased the Cody Enterprise newspaper and printing company which they operated for several years.

In 1974, Peg was elected chairman of the BBMA board of trustees. During her tenure as chairman the BBHC achieved world-class status and doubled in size. She presided over the BBHC's participation in an international exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad in the Soviet Union.

There were several landmark expansions under her leadership. They included bringing the Winchester Arms Collection from New Haven, Conn., to Cody (1976), constructing the new Plains Indian Museum (1979), expanding the existing library facilities and the Harold McCracken Library (1980), and reconstructing Frederic Remington's New Rochelle studio (1981). In 1991 the Cody Firearms Museum was dedicated and in 1994 the McCracken Research Library was remodeled and rededicated.

Her service on the BBMA board spanned 40 years. In 1997, Peg resigned as chairman after 23 years of extraordinary leadership. Her fellow trustees honored her by naming her Chairman Emeritus and she continued her board service until her death. Peg took personal and professional interest in every aspect of the BBHC's growth, and is credited with the creation of the Plains Indian Advisory Board to oversee the Plains Indian Museum.

Many civic organizations and businesses lost a good friend when Peg died. She had served as president of the Coe Medical Foundation and as a director of Shoshone First National Bank as well as chairman of the Park County Republican Party.

Peg belonged to PEO, and was also on the Advisory Board of the Cathedral Home in Laramie. She served on Wyoming's Centennial Committee 1986-91, helping plan Wyoming's 1990 statewide Centennial celebration. She served as trustee (and Emeritus Trustee) of both the Millicent Rogers Foundation of Taos, N.M., and the Central City Opera House in Denver. She was also the only member from the Rocky Mountain area to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

Peg was honored numerous times for exceptional service. In 1980 she received the Westerner Award of the Old West Trail Foundation. Two years later, Peg was one of six women inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. In 1983 she was the first Wyoming citizen to be honored by the National Secretaries of State when they presented her with the Gold Medallion Award for Meritorious Service.

The University of Wyoming honored her with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1984. Peg was also a past recipient of a Governor's Arts Award, and in 1994 she received the Arts and Sciences Exemplary Award from UW.

Peg was a Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. She loved playing cards and, consistent with years of family tradition, was a proud participant of a local poker group.

Peg accomplished many things, but her love of family always came first. Her devotion extended to all her roles as wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She genuinely enjoyed sharing her home with her many friends. Among her special pleasures were travels with her family through the years. Peg's heart and home were a centerpiece to family and friendship, and this she would consider her greatest legacy.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband Henry H.R. Coe, parents Ernest and Effie Shaw, brothers Charles "Chuck" Shaw and Dick Shaw, stepdaughter Natalie Gerdes and nephew Geoffrey Cameron Shaw.

Peg is survived by sister Ruth Shaw Kern of Red Lodge and sister-in-law Phyllis S. Shaw of Whitefish, Mont., her children Anne Coe (Jim) Hayes, sons Henry H.R. "Hank" Coe and Robert D. (Angela) Coe all of Cody, stepdaughter Dorothy Mae (Spencer) Boyd, grandchildren Jay (Brittany) Hayes of Fort Collins, Colo., Margaret Ruth "Meg" Hayes of New York City, H.R. Coe of Cody, Carey Coe (Jeff) Johnson of Casper, Bethany Coe (Jason) Boydston of Cody, Robert and Hubbard Coe of Cody, several great-grandchildren and many step-grandchildren.

Surviving nieces and nephews are Ernie Shaw, Greg Shaw, Bob (Jeanean) Shaw, Mike (Julie) Shaw, Anne Shaw Moran, Katy (Joe) Kern-Levine, Dick Kern, Alan Kern, Lee Kern, Dr. Michael Coe, Dr. William (Anne) Coe and many great-nieces and -nephews.

Visitation at Ballard Funeral Home was Sunday and services at Christ Episcopal Church were Nov. 20 with interment at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Planting Fields Foundation (P.O. Box 660, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 11771), Spirit Mountain Hospice, Cody Medical Foundation or a charity of choice.

Copyright 2006 Cody Enterprise 
Family links: 
  Ernest F Shaw (1890 - 1947)
  Effie Abrahamson Shaw (1889 - 1972)
  Henry Huttleston Rogers Coe (1907 - 1966)
  Margaret Shaw Coe (1917 - 2006)
  Charles Ernest Shaw (1919 - 1971)*
  John Richard Shaw (1922 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Park County
Wyoming, USA
Plot: Section 15, Block 1-F, Lot 7
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Record added: Nov 21, 2006
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thinking of you today
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Rest in peace.
- BrixtonWy
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