Peggy Carol Hays
March 11, 1954 – April 22, 2021
Peggy Carol Hays (Schakelaar) was born March 11th, 1954 in Pasadena California, first daughter and second child to Paul and Lovina Schakelaar. Peggy grew up in Southern California with her loving parents and three siblings, Paul, Terry, and Sheri. She attended Western Christian High School, and later received her Associate’s degree where she found a love for Astronomy. After high school Peggy had many jobs, but her first job was at the phone company where she would meet her life long friends Laurie Dukett and Patty Albertini. However, some may say her most important job was when she worked with Sheri at Marie Calendars and met her adoring husband, Bill, who wooed her with his charisma, humor, and sense of adventure. Peggy and Bill married June 12th, 1983 and spent the beginnings of their relationship traveling the world but finding a home base living in Guam. After having their first child (and favorite son), Nathan, they moved back stateside to Colorado. Nathan was followed by 3 beautiful, loving, gracious, hilarious, independent, and hard working girls (if they do say so themselves), Michaela, Cammie, and Claire. Peggy had always wanted to be a mother and spent her time raising her children and in this she found her true joy in life. She put all her efforts in raising her kids and working hard to help support her family. This was a very busy time in her life with homeschooling her children, to signing them up and driving them to their sports and activities, to making sure they were all loved and looked after, she did it all and she enjoyed every minute of being a mother and wife. While raising a family, she also took little joys in the some of the simplest things; quiet time praying with coffee in the morning, diy crafts from little treasures she found at goodwill, or “hand dancing” while having a lie down, music or not- raising her arms above her head and waving her hands like a hula dancer, and being in the water. Peggy was drawn to all water, and loved finding it wherever it gathered. Cold lakes and streams, hot springs in the mountains, and of course the ocean. As many of you know Peggy was a true California girl who loved the ocean. If you didn’t find her on the beach, you could likely look out and see her head bobbing among the waves. In fact, the only time she didn’t at least dip a toe in is when she and Bill traveled to the north shores of Hawaii and the treacherous waves were enough to scare professional surfers that watched the waters crash down on the shore where they stood. In 1995, Peggy and Bill moved their family to the small town of Wray, Colorado to be close to her parents and her best friend, her sister Sheri. Both of Peggy’s brothers would come visit Wray multiple times a year, bringing her nieces and nephews with them, and giving Peggy what she really wanted; memories with her family. Her older brother Paul took so much after her fun father and would always play catch and frisbee with all the kids, and Terry bringing joy and life to any gathering. While Living in Wray, Bill and Peggy found a loving community that helped raise the family and made lifelong friends. Peggy enjoyed a few jobs, her favorite being a teacher at New Life Christian Academy where they attended church and her children also attended school. She often said that if she could go back she would have loved to have been a high school English teacher, which is why we’ve taken so long to proofread this. Bill’s passion for healthcare later took the family to the Front Range. While picking a new home they landed on Castle Rock for its scenery and, at the time, still a smaller town feel. Peggy and Bill spent many mornings on the back deck drinking coffee and taking in the Rocky Mountain views. Here she worked as a Shuttle Bus Driver, where many people who were struggling in their lives would confide in her while on their way to work, riding to the library, or just on because they had nowhere else to go. Her ability to create a safe space just by listening was one of her greatest gifts which she shared with anyone who needed it. Although it may have taken a little longer than Bill and Peggy anticipated, the children eventually grew up and moved out of the house, where Bill and Peggy became empty nesters, and got back into a life of travel, adventure, and a couple new hobbies to boot. They spent almost every weekend in the summer camping with the Colorado Tiny and Teardrop Camper Group. These adventures brought Peggy many joys. Peggy and Bill were referred to as Mrs. & Mr. Gnome for having short stature within the group. Their small yellow teardrop trailer that Peggy named “Livin’ in a Hays” was their home away from home and she decorated it with homemade daisy curtains, which were one of Peggy’s favorite flowers. One of their favorite spots to go camping was along the South Platte River at Lone Rock Campground where you could find her, once again, full body swimming in the freezing water. It was also during this time that Peggy began her twice a year trip to hang at the beach for a week with her sister. This became their new “sister time” and something they both looked forward to. When not traveling the country, Peggy loved family get togethers, especially when “all her little chicks had come home to roost”. Holidays, birthdays, or just because she always said it was one of her favorite things. She and Bill also found a love for gardening and landscaping their own little sanctuary in her backyard. Bill spent an entire summer landscaping and building Peggy a beautiful garden with the help of her children and her younger brother, Terry, who was always there to help bring her home improvement dreams to life. Peggy was especially fond of her flowers, spending endless hours planting and grooming; taking great joy in seeing them bloom and grow. While this tells just a fraction of Peggy's story and her life with us, what mattered most to her, was her unwavering faith. Peggy’s moral compass was why she was who everyone turned to in a time of need and will always be referenced as her legacy. Peggy walked with the spirit of Christ. Everyone who knew her knew this about her. Her trust in the Lord carried her through her entire life and was what she clung onto as she passed. The way she loved the Lord gives us peace in knowing that she’s celebrating with Jesus. In lieu of flower arrangements, the family would love for you to send seeds or potted flowers for "Peggy's Garden" at her home in Colorado. You may deliver your flowers to the funeral home at 211 4th St., Castle Rock or reach out to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
We love you Mom, Peg, Sis, our Sweet Pegaleen of the western shore.
- Peggy's Memorial Garden
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Peggy Carol Hays
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Lee (Lad) & Aimee DeGraffenried
May 1, 2021
Although we weren't physically there with you for the service, we were there with you for the Livestream service, cried and laughed with you all. Thank you for sharing it with us. We will cherish our first meeting in a Costco isle, learning together Tools of the Trade, getting to know Father together, "carpet prayer meetings", and endless laughs. Bill if you or the kids need a place to get away, come visit us in Glenwood Springs. We love you Hays Family so very much!
April 27, 2021
I met Peggy at New Life Christian Center in Eckley, Colorado in 1994ish. The first thing she said to me was, "Our girls are two peas in a pod." (Cammie)
Mary and Cammie were for many years, inseparable.
We spent a lot of time at the Hays residence. We lived 20 miles North of Wray and when I was nursing my youngest son, he could barely make it the 20 minutes it took to get to town for groceries or take Mary to visit Cammie. Peggy was so wonderful to let us come in so Adam could nurse. She would always have time to visit. It didn't matter what she was doing , she would sit down and visit with me. She listened with such intensity and would ask the most meaningful questions. Peggy had the sweetest spirit. I could stay and visit with her for hours and often did. Needless to say this visit time with Peggy became a wonderful memory that I will cherish until I get to see her and hug her in our heavenly home.
We love you all Hays family! We are holding you up in prayer.
Love from the Swanson family
Bruce & Tanya Tindale
April 26, 2021
Dearest Bill and family, although we never met Peg in person, we understand the depth and breadth of love you hold for your "Sweet Pegaleen".
Our hearts break for the loss you are experiencing, and we long to be with you to bring comfort in your season of grief.
I will always treasure Bill the story you shared of yours and Peggy's courtship as we walked beside the upper reaches of the Hacking River on that sunny day some years ago now.
I particularly remember how you spoke of Peg then, how we agreed that we were blessed, blessed to be in love with partners who were way above our weight divisions.
I remember now how your face would light up and smile when you spoke of Peggy.
In writing this I think of the quote and encouragement to "Love Well" and that you have had the wonderful experience in life to not only Love Well but to be Loved Well by a remarkable Woman, Partner, and Mother of your beautiful children. We send you our love and care in this season, that you would be buoyed by the knowledge that Father will comfort you.
Rest in Fathers arms Sweet Peg, that you now experience his peace.
April 26, 2021
I met Peggy in 1999 when we arrived from Brasil. Being a loud Latina, Peggy was the first and the most soft spoken person I have e e met. She was also the kindest! I remember arriving in USA on Abril 26 and it has snowed the day before. We had come out of the jungle and I was always cold back then. Peggy gave me a sweater, and I used the life out of that thing! She was Janelle and Tyler first grade teacher and she was the best one! She knew how to tame my wild son and she loved him very much. As we lived in Wray at the time. Tyler knew where her house was. One day I put him for a nap and went about doing my household chores. I walked by his room and he wasn’t there! I went crazy looking for him and calling his name! I found some little foot prints on the snow outside the house. As fallowed then, it despaired! I heard the phone ringing and run back inside, it was Peggy! She said: are you looking for Tyler? Yes! How do you know? He is here at my house looking for you!. I’ll never forget her kind heart! Heaven just got one of the brightest stars and I am blessed to have know her!