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Norene "Pegi" Collings, 87, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Thursday, August 13, 1925 in Harper, Kansas, the daughter of Roy Edward and Edith Mabel (Petry) Carr. She died peacefully at 4:50 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2012 with loving family by her side at an Alzheimer's home in Leawood, Kansas.
Pegi met her husband, William "Bill" Collings at his cousin's home in Kansas City on February 10, 1960. They were engaged on July 10 at the Unity Rose Garden and married on September 10, 1960 at the Community Christian Church near the Plaza.
Pegi was a bank teller for The Pleasant Hill Bank for about 25 years, retiring in 1994. Prior to marriage, she had worked at Kansas City Power & Light Company. Before moving to Kansas City, Pegi worked at the Boeing plant in Wichita and owned the Carr Sandwich Shop in Harper.
Pegi was devoted to her husband, her daughters, and her extended family. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, square dancing, and playing cards and games. Pegi & Bill took many bus trips and have also been to Alaska twice and Hawaii once. Other travels with her daughters included Key West, Las Vegas, beaches in Florida and Alabama, and even a cruise to Mexico.
During the course of her life, Pegi was involved with the Plum Grove 4-H, the Wingate Neighborhood Club, and the Hoot & Holler Square Dance Club. Prior to meeting the very handsome love of her life, she was a founding member of the Y.U.A.F. (young, unmarried adult fellowship) class at Community Christian Church. She was a 1943 graduate of Harper High School where she was active with the Termites social club - a group who remained friends for life.
Pegi was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on May 14, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Edy; three brothers Don Carr, Duane Carr, and Dennis Carr; and one sister Norma Reed.
Pegi is survived by her two daughters Kelly Collings and Nancy Collings, of Lee's Summit, Missouri; her grandpup Bo; two sisters Nadine (Chuck) Brown of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Nardy (Wes) Yoder of Tulsa, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law; and many other relatives and friends, including Kelly's fiancAC., Jim Rumbo.
A Celebration of Pegi's Life was held Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the funeral home. Visitation was held prior to the service. In honor of Pegi, you were invited to wear red. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to thank her devoted caregivers as well as Village Hospice and Crossroads Hospice.
Pegi's brain was donated for Alzheimer's research. Memorial contributions in Pegi's memory may be made payable to KU Endowment - Alzheimer's Disease Center and sent in care of the funeral home.