Margaret E. “Peggy” Heather, 84, Hays, died Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellis.

She was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Springer, N.M., to Milo Orville and Margaret Sarah (Browne) Chaffee.

She married Donald Smith on July 24, 1952, in Estes Park, Colo. He preceded her in death Jan. 12, 1966. She later married Jack R. Heather on Aug. 4, 1974, in Hays. He preceded her in death July 26, 2011. She was an elementary school teacher, teaching in Downs and Sanford before moving to Hays and teaching fifth grade at Wilson Elementary School.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hays, United Methodist Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ellis County Historical Society and Hays Arts Council. She sang in the church choir for many years and enjoyed playing the piano, painting, crafts and painting ceramics. She enjoyed playing cards, board games, her bridge club, gardening, her dog and especially spending time with many friends, family and being a teacher.

Survivors include a son, Stanley Smith, Fairbury, Neb.; two daughters, Nora Myer and husband, Spencer, Sacramento, Calif., and Elizabeth “Betsy” McCreery, Hays; two stepdaughters, Brooke Adams and husband, Dennis, Darby, Mont., and Dawn Heather, Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters, Catherine Chaffee, League City, Texas, and Martha Tompkins and husband, Don, Pittsburg; a sister-in-law, Dortha Lee Chaffee, Owasso, Okla.; 14 grandchildren, Emily Tyler, Erin Weber, Jennifer Rinard, Sarah Woods, Russell Weber, Heath Walz, Adam Walz, Beth VanVleck, Heather Smith, Christopher Binder, Amber Harvey, Shelby Englert, Meagan Englert and Jesse Englert; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Miller; three brothers, Russell Chaffee, James Chaffee and John Chaffee; a sister, Elizabeth Fritz; and an infant sister, Sarah Chaffee.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; burial at 2:30 p.m. in Browns Grove Cemetery, Burdett.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Jack and Peggy Heather Scholarship Fund at Fort Hays State University in care of the funeral home.

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