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Margaret Florence Heseltine

October 30, 1950November 9, 2021

Margaret Florence Heseltine, age 71, of Derby, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Margaret was born October 30, 1950.

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Margaret Florence “Peggy” Newell Heseltine Peggy went home to be with the Lord November 9, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. She was born October 30, 1950, in Sacramento, California to John C. and Olive E. Newell, the youngest of her three siblings, Kathie, Mike, and Molly. The family moved to Meadow Vista, CA in 1962. Peg graduated from Placer High School and attended Sierra College. Peggy married Bruce P. Heseltine in April 1969 in a ceremony officiated by Bruce's father Jack Heseltine. Peg and Bruce then began a 29+ year adventure with the U.S. Air Force. The couple have two sons, Bruce P. “Phil” Jr. and Patrick “Ryan”. Peggy was an amazing mom who guided, supported, and sometimes prodded the boys to follow their dreams. Both boys also pursued Air Force careers that made Peggy tremendously proud. Peggy accepted Christ as her personal savior at a Bible Camp in California as a teenager. She enjoyed practicing her faith and growing closer to God. She was very giving, supporting several ministries and charities. Peggy especially enjoyed making new friends and talking with her sons, daughters-in-law, grandkids, neighbors, and golf friends. Texting was a gift for her, a way of staying involved in their lives whenever she could. Peg loved watching her family grow and mature. She followed her five grandchildren’s interests and celebrated their achievements. She was especially proud of her two oldest granddaughters who recently began their college careers. Moving from California to Kansas in 2019 brought Peggy closer to her kids and grandkids which she had wanted for several years. Peggy was a professional tax preparer for H&R Block for 17 years. She loved playing golf, especially with Ladies’ groups in California and Kansas. She was an amazing genealogy investigator, exploring both sides of her family back to the 1600s. She especially loved unraveling the mysteries of why ancestors did what they did when possible. Traveling was another of Peggy’s passions. Extended RV trips allowed her to meet people, enjoy friends, investigate families in person, where they had lived, and visit new places. She was very proud of being able to drive the motorhome which she did regularly. Peggy fell victim to a rare, devastating, aggressive, and fatal neurological condition that took her mentally before claiming her life. She was ill for only a short time before entering the hospital and then hospice care. Peggy is survived by her family who will love her forever, including husband Bruce, sons Phil and Ryan, daughters-in-law Jen (Phil) and Debi (Ryan), and grandchildren Alexa, Kelsa, Livie, Kaleb, and Elise; her sister Kathie (Sacramento, CA) and brother Mike (Auburn, CA), several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Peg also counted a large circle of dear friends as family. Peggy will be interred in the Newcastle Cemetery in Newcastle, CA.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Sharon Murray

November 29, 2021

Oh Peggy, we can’t believe you’re gone so soon. I have no words but to say we love you and will truly miss you.
Bruce, our hearts are with you and your boys. Be strong for each other so you can get through this together.
God bless you all

Bob and Sharon

Sally Drummond

November 19, 2021

Most of my memories are when Peggy and I were growing up. Being only 6 months apart, we enjoyed our play time together. We loved playing double solitaire and once got sunburned from playing too long at the lake. As teens we talked about boys, school and dreams for our futures. As adults we loved our family reunions and doing family history. I will always remember Peg as a friend as much as a cousin. I look forward to reuniting with her some day.
I miss you, Peg.

Love, Sally Hatten Drummond

Angie Peters

November 18, 2021

Condolences, Bruce, Phil and Ryan.
Met Peggy back in about 1991 when both our husbands worked together at an Air Force hospital.
In recent years, we rendezvoused on a highway in Colorado; we had discovered we were both traveling in Colo. and would be traveling toward the about the same area of Kansas to overnight. We met in a parking lot and then I said I’d come by their RV site later that day. Fun visit in their RV.
I was back in Colo. this past summer and on to Wichita to meet up with a few friends; Bruce and Peggy’s house was a stop/visit. Enjoyed that so much!
Will miss this gracious lady much.

Susan Panzica

November 18, 2021

Dear Bruce,
Dick and I spoke about and had such fond memories of our trip together to Monterey. It was such fun to share Air Force memories and experiences and get to know both of you and hear more about your family which we know you hold so close. I remember the first Wagon Wheeler trip we took and sat close to you two. You were so warm and kind to be so welcoming and then Peggy encouraged me to learn to play Hand and Foot. We had so many fun games afterwards both on RV trips and at home.

It is so tragic that Peggy's life was so short--she was such a wonderful, gracious, and caring soul with so much love to share. I know you must be somewhat comforted knowing she is now at peace with the Lord.

Sending love and prayers to you and your family,
Susan

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