Margaret (Peggy) Ann Shopbell (McMeel) was born on May 3, 1946 and passed away on August 23, 2022. Peggy was welcomed into the world by her mother and father, Joseph McMeel and Ima Torstensen. Peggy grew up in a very close knit family, including her parents, and younger sister Judy McMeel Schorer. Peggy was also extremely close to her grandmother, Bertha Camp and aunts and uncles and several cousins. Peggy graduated from Chief Health High School in 1964. Shortly after graduating high school, Peggy attended business school learning skills to become an office administrative assistant/bookkeeper.
Peggy met her husband Bruce in White Center and married in March of 1974, and recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. Peggy and Bruce raised three children, Joseph Shopbell, David Shopbell, and Jacqueline Shopbell.
Peggy first worked for the University of Washington then switched to a career at Seattle Lighting Company where she worked until 1984 until the birth of her second child David. Peggy then re-entered the workforce in 1998 for Ben Bridge Jeweler as their bookkeeper where she eventually retired after 9 years.
Peggy and Bruce often hosted family events in their home including holidays and summer get togethers. Peggy would make her home welcoming for everyone who would enter. Doing all her own baking for each of the get togethers, she was known for her baked goods. Peggy also would give gifts that she put her time and talent. Peggy learned how to knit from her mother’s sister, Hazel Torstensen, and would knit blankets, slippers, and other items to give away.
Peggy had suffered an aneurysm in 2010 and quickly fought to get back to into good health. But since that incident, her kidneys became an obstacle that required her to be placed on dialysis three times a week. But, dialysis was just another thing that Peggy had to do, she would say “I feel ok” and would not want to have a fuss made over her. Peggy often would say she was still able to do things for herself and would stubbornly go about what she wanted to do, when she wanted to do it.
In the past year, Peggy had been admitted into the hospital due to having COVID-19. It was a more difficult journey as there were several complications during this hospital stay. Peggy was in the hospital for 3 months, and was released to a rehabilitative facility where she was attempting to work on her physical therapy. A move to an adult family home in June, Peggy was even more determined to getting herself to walk and get back home.
Peggy fought to stay with her family since 2010 and would have an obstacle every so often that would result in a hospital stay and the needed recovery needed whether it was physical therapy or having a procedure to help her. Because Peggy had fought so long, she accepted God’s invitation home and was greeted by her parents and grandparents, as well as her beloved dogs, Annie and Chienne.
Peggy would not want anyone to cry due to her departure, and would even say “knock it off,” and give you the look she was so well-known for. Peggy was not an emotional or sappy person. But instead, remember her for her sense of humor and the stories and memories she leaves behind. Peggy has said she left enough stories that when she is remember it should only be while laughing.
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Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home - West Seattle