Peggy Fleck Kendrick Williamson, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Papillion and Millard, Nebraska passed away at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa Saturday, February 3, 2018 surrounded by loving family members and compassionate hospice care givers. Memorial Services will be held 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial service will be held in Omaha at a later date. Memorials may be given in Peggy's name to St. Jude's Research Hospital or Healing Hearts With Horses, Runnells, Iowa . Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa. Peggy Joyce Williamson, daughter of John Howard and Isabelle Sarah (Gorrell) Fleck was born on April 27, 1934 on the family farm near Hepburn Iowa. She passed away at Goldenrod Care Center in Clarinda Iowa on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the age of 83. She was surrounded by loving family members and compassionate hospice care givers. Peggy was raised on the family farm in Valley Township and attended Vandevender School ½ mile from her home until transitioning to "city" school at Clarinda, graduating from there in 1952. She then attended Christian College in Columbia Missouri, with an emphasis in dance and also competed on the equestrian team there. In 1953, she married Stephen Shelley Hitt and were blessed with a son, Stephen Howard. Peggy's husband, Steve, passed unexpectedly in March of 1961. In 1964, Peggy married Rolland Kendrick, and Rollie, Peg, and Stevie then moved to Millard, Nebraska. Rollie and Peg had a daughter, Melissa Joy, on New Year's Day 1966. Rollie passed away in 1992 and Peggy continued living in Millard. In July 1995, Peggy married Jay D. Williamson and they lived in Papillion Nebraska. Peggy loved and adored Jay's children as well as her own. Peggy and Jay moved to Clarinda in April of last year. Peggy loved dance! She started taking ballet, tap and jazz dance lessons at an early age and then she shared her love of the art with literally thousands of young people throughout her career as a dance teacher and choreographer. She began teaching in Clarinda while in high school and after she married, she maintained studios in Clarinda, Bedford, and Red Oak in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After relocating to Millard, she had a very successful dance studio for over 30 years and was awarded membership in Dance Masters of America in 1978. Never one to sit still, she began choreographing musicals every spring at Millard South High School, beginning in 1971 with MHS' first production, "Brigadoon". This was the beginning of a 25 year collaboration with musical director Michael Janis, longtime music educator in the Millard district. Peggy finished her choreography career in 2000 with the Millard West High School production of "Guys and Dolls". Peggy also loved being outdoors. Her childhood on the farm was filled with adventures with family and friends. Horses were another passion for her. She had several horses while growing up on the farm and mastered both the western and English riding styles. In recent years, she had a horse named Jojo that she kept and rode at the Montana ranch operated by her dear friends Marc and Nan Stevens. She made the trip to Montana a couple of times and year until she was in her upper 70s, riding and helping to work with the cow herd and couldn't wait to go back again! Peggy loved to travel. During her marriage to Jay, she had the opportunity to visit many beautiful locations for both business and pleasure. Whether she was headed to Panama, Austria, Alaska, Las Vegas, or Mexico, she was ready willing and able to pack her bags and go! Peggy was a boating enthusiast for many years as well, enjoying friend filled days at the Cottonwood Marina on the Missouri River near Blair Nebraska. Peggy loved her family. She always looked forward to family gatherings and keeping up with the activities of her kids and grandchildren. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Mary Rose; husband Stephen S. Hitt; husband Rolland Kendrick; daughter Melissa Anderson; and brother-in-law John Coufal. She is survived by her husband of 22 years Jay D. Williamson of Clarinda; son Steve (Ann) Hitt of Clarinda; son Monte (Michelle) Williamson of Kansas City, daughter Debbie Street of Kansas City; daughter Crystie (Andy) Super of Kansas City; daughter Jayla (Roger) Schultes of Kalispell Mt; grandchildren: Jeffery (Allison) Belmont; Jacob (Katie) Belmont; Levi Belmont; Christopher (Amy) Hitt; Jesse (Mary) Hitt; and Benjamin (Lauren) Hitt; Caleb Hitt; Baylee Propp; J.D. Hitt; Andrew Hitt; Carissa Smith; Jena Myer; Alex Street; Keane McNamee; Misty Balstad; Jamin Williamson; Ashley Butterfield; Aaron Williamson; Michael Williamson; Meghan Williamson; sisters Nancy Stotts of Clarinda; Marcia Coufal of Holton Ks.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held in Peggy's honor Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Clarinda Iowa at 3pm and a service will be held in Omaha at a later date. The family requests memorials be given in Peggy's name to St. Jude's Research Hospital or Healing Hearts With Horses in Runnells Iowa.
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