Peggy L. Dalton, 75, a life-long resident of Washburn, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012. She was born in Red Oak, Iowa, on Aug. 23, 1936, daughter of Emit and Mildred (Murray) Hyde. The family moved to Washburn, where she attended Washburn schools, graduating in 1954. She was united in marriage to Charles William Writer on Feb. 20, 1954, in Cassville. She began working at the family-owned Sunset Valley Nursing Home and went on to receive her administrator license. She and her husband owned and operated a number of businesses, including a nursing home where the Cassville Health Care & Rebab Center is currently located, Johnson Retail, Saddle & Shoe Repair Shop, and DX Service Station, where she handled all the bookkeeping. In 1981, she began working for the Washburn school District as a custodian. She was a member of Washburn Methodist Church, where she assisted with children's bible classes. She married Lewis Dalton on April 9, 1982, in Miami, Okla.
Survivors include one son, Rick Writer, and his wife, Peggy, of Butterfield; one daughter, Rena Kennedy and her husband, Gary, of Lampe; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Norma Wisely, of Cassville, Shirley Ann Beck, and her husband, Virgil, of Cassville, and Betty Jo Stubblefield, and her husband, Gilbert, of Cassville.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Lewis Dalton, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles William Writer, and one sister, Erma Hilton.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at White Funeral Home with Pastor Debra Alumbaugh officiating. Burial followed at the Roller Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Washburn United Methodist Church Building Fund and entrusted to the White Funeral Home.