Margaret L. "Peggy" Harris, 67, 447 E. Brandon Drive, Bismarck, died Aug. 15, 1997, in a Bismarck hospital from pancreatic cancer. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Century Baptist Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. John Binder officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, at Boelter Funeral Home, Bismarck, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Margaret was born Jan. 26, 1930 in El Reno, Okla., to Daisy Brown and Pierce P. Bartlett. Peggy, as she was known to most people, was the youngest of seven children and the last survivor.
She attended school in El Reno and graduated from El Reno High School in 1948. She attended El Reno Junior College for two years, graduating with an associate of arts degree. Peggy then attended Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Okla., later transferring to Southwestern Teachers College at Weatherford, Okla., where she graduated with a BS in education. Following graduation, she began teaching in the Oklahoma City school system, and then taught at Central Grade School in El Reno where she had attended.
Peggy married Glenn Edward Harris May 30, 1953, at El Reno. Following their marriage, they moved to Bartlesville, Okla., where she taught first grade at Highland School. In August of 1960 they moved to Bismarck, where she taught at Northridge School from 1962 to 1979. In 1976 she was granted a MS in Elementary Education from Northern State College, Aberdeen, S.D. From 1979 to 1986 she was the principal at Richholt Elementary, and from 1982 to 1986 she was also the principal at Saxvik Elementary. From 1986 to 1993 she was the principal at Rita Murphy Elementary, and in 1991 and 1992 she was also the principal at Jeanette Myhre Elementary.
She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma from 1964 and served as president from 1980-1982; Bismarck Education Association from 1962 and served as president from 1978-1980; Phi Delta Kappa from 1982 and served as secretary in 1985; Zonta Service Club from 1982 and served as chaplain from 1987-1988; IRA Reading Association from 1962; the board of directors for the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals from 1979; the board of directors of the North Dakota Education Association; Retired Teachers Association; and a life member of NEA-NDEA.
Peggy and Glenn have been active at Century Baptist Church for many years and recently became members.
Peggy's many awards and honors included: the Sears Fellowship in Economic Elementary Education; Hazel B. Nielson Scholarship; Boss of the Week Award; Bell Ringer Award; and the Golden Apple Award.
She served as a judge for Odyssey of the Mind Tournaments.
Her hobbies included traveling, watching sports, sewing, crocheting, playing bridge and pinochle, and she loved Westerns. Peggy also had a beautiful voice and was chosen to sing with a musical group in Europe in 1965. She sang for many weddings and funerals and other occasions over the years. She also taught Sunday School and led the church choir for many years. Peggy was a Rainbow Girl and was active in Grand Cross of Colors.
Peggy was a recipient of a liver transplant, and gave what she could give, which were her corneas.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Glenn Jr., New Rockford, and Gregory and Ann, Merritt Island, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Sarah Michelle, Katrina Ann, Melissa Marie and Gregory David Jr.
Memorials are preferred to Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 Second St. S.W., Rochester, MN 55902, or the Medcenter One Hospice, Bismarck.
Glenn E. Harris
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