Peggy Jeanne Soric

November 16, 1927March 15, 2014

Peggy Jeanne Donohue Soric, 86, of Springfield Missouri, died March 15, 2014, in Kansas City Missouri after a very long illness.

Peggy was born in Moberly Missouri and lived most of her young adult life in St. Louis Missouri where she worked for the Frisco Railway. It was there that she met her husband Milton G. Soric who preceded her in death in 2003. The couple started a family in Dellwood Missouri and then moved with St. Louis-San Francisco Railway to Springfield Missouri in 1964, where Peggy worked for Burge Hospital as director of volunteers and later as a newspaper writer, columnist and reporter for the Springfield Leader and Press, the evening newspaper at the time.

Peggy held many roles at the newspaper, among them lifestyle editor and religion editor. She was well-known for her "People" and “Potpourri” columns. She was a national award-winning journalist, and won Missouri Press Women awards for her theater and movie reviews.

A visionary and a trailblazer, Peggy's investigative reporting changed people’s lives for the better, exposing corruption and injustice. Her journalistic work challenged her readership to explore topics often taboo for her time. Peggy recognized talent in others and often inspired many to believe in themselves.

She was a strong supporter of the arts in the Springfield community. She was an amateur painter, photographer, and dancer. Peggy was a gifted and intuitive astrologer and a progressive and open thinker. At the end of her life she maintained a close affinity with her Catholic faith.

Peggy is survived by her daughter Susan and Susan's partner Claire, both of Chicago Illinois; her daughter Jennifer of Kansas City Missouri; her grandchildren Isobel and Harry of Chicago; and nephews and nieces.

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Patricia Donohue

December 24, 2014

My heart is filled with sorrow for both of your family and mine.Susan, I know it is hard, losing both your parents,at any age. you are in my prayers. Trish

Kelly H'Doubler-Crowder

March 22, 2014

I have been thinking a lot about Peggy lately, and just recently developed a deep urge to find her and thank her for being so kind and encouraging in the early years of my career. I was so sad to learn that she passed just a week ago. She will always carry a very special place in my heart.
Sending love to her family and friends.

Margaret Miriani

March 22, 2014

I kept in touch with Peggy and Jenny and Susie often but did not get to see Peggy in Kansas City. Pictures and videos were plentiful and I cherish them deeply. God bless Peggy and Milton and all of our family. We miss them so much. Love, Aunt Marj

Lizzie Landor

March 21, 2014

What a loving tribute to a beautiful spirit. It is inspiring to know how her talents and intelligence impacted so many. Wishing you healing and strength in the time ahead.

Claire Purkis

March 20, 2014

I'm so grateful I got to know Peggy over that past 15 years that Susan and I have been together. She had a true love of life and people that is rare. She was a visionary and an inspiration to many, myself included and I am going to miss her so much. My love and sympathy to Susan and Jen. Your devotion to her was never ending and your advocacy for her health and comfort would have made her very proud. RIP, Peggy Jeanne.