Marilynn "Peg" Camille Cox Neal, a longtime Moscow resident, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2018. She was 86.

Peg was born April 26, 1932, to Andrew T. and Minnie Glenn Cox, of Kendrick. She attended the American Ridge Elementary School near Kendrick before attending St. Paul's High School for Girls in Walla Walla, Wash.

Peg attended the University of Idaho from 1950-55, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She later returned to get an education degree. She was an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Peg married her longtime love, Thomas L. Neal, on Aug. 22, 1953, in Kendrick.

In 1955, Peg and Tom moved to Ft. Knox, Ky., and then Ft. Hood, Texas, where Tom was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. After the Army, Peg and Tom moved briefly to Twin Falls, Idaho, before moving to Kendrick, where they lived on the family farm.

Peg and Tom moved to Moscow in 1960, where Peg was an active member of the community. She taught a year of English at the Moscow Junior High before moving on to a 19-year career as an English teacher at Moscow High School. Peg retired in 1987.

After retirement, Peg stayed busy volunteering for the Moscow Public Library, Aspen Park Healthcare and Moscow Charter School. She also served on the Moscow Daily News Advisory Board and the Gamma Phi Beta Corporation Board, where she served as president for several years.

Peg enjoyed reading, volunteer work, gardening, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Tom (2008), her oldest son, David (1992), and her brother, Andrew T. Cox Jr. (2016).

She is survived by her daughter and son, Stephanie (Alan) Neal-Odenborg, of Moscow, and Patrick (Angie) Neal, of Meridian; a sister, Andrea Sue (Jim) Reid, of Boise; six grandchildren, Eric Neal, of Moscow, Heidi Pederson, of Pullman, Richelle (Andrew) Krzyzanowski, of Bonney Lake, Wash., Kate Neal, of Portland, Ore., Neal Pederson, of Coeur d'Alene and Kyle (Amber) Neal, of Kuna; and one great-grandchild, EmmaLynn Pederson-Emerson, of Pullman. Peg also leaves behind an extended family and many friends who loved her and will miss her immensely.

The memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow. The Rev. Robin Biffle, Rector, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, will officiate.

A reception will follow for friends and family at the Best Western Plus University Inn.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Moscow Public Library or St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Moscow.

The family of Peg would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Good Samaritan Village for taking such wonderful care of Peg these last few years.

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