Peggy Moore Astill
Peggy passed away August 1, 2022, from the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease and its accompanying dementia. She is survived by her husband, Randy Astill, her mother Margery Shelp, and seven siblings; Patty Moore, Linda Bracken, Billy Moore, Laura Sprout, Barbara Marihugh, Brian Moore, and Kelly Seehausen, as well as nieces and nephews. Peggy loved her Lhasa Apsos, first Libby and later Lula who survives her. Peggy grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University. Peggy had an adventurous soul, and upon graduating, she left Michigan on a “vagabonding” mission in her little Datsun pickup truck, planning to eventually end up in California. After a brief stop in Utah, she continued to California. She soon decided she was more Utah than California and returned to Utah. She began her teaching career in Farmington, Utah, and taught for most of her career in the Salt Lake City School District. She ended her career at Highland Park Elementary School as a 4th Grade teacher, beloved by her students and respected and loved by the faculty and staff. She retired in 2008. Peggy married her husband, Randy Astill, on August 26, 2006. Randy was delighted to be her longest serving husband and loved her dearly. They liked to travel and had many wonderful adventures. They backpacked in the Sawtooth Mountains on their honeymoon, and enjoyed river trips on the Yampa, San Juan, and Salmon Rivers. They traveled yearly to a beach somewhere, a few times to their favorite, Tulum, Mexico. Randy and Peggy took many motorcycle tours on his BMW, including the California coast, Yellowstone country, southwest Colorado, and all over Utah. They were always happy to tent camp and loved being out in nature. They enjoyed golfing, and Randy was always proud of Peggy’s beautiful golf swing.
Peggy was a very creative woman. She had a unique fashion sense and loved thrifting to create her own style. She was a collage artist and made clever dioramas with objects she collected. She was always an excellent seamstress and made many stylish and unique aprons. Most of these art pieces were gifted to friends. She began piano lessons and was very disciplined about practicing. Peggy also joined a bowling team and loved playing pickleball with her friends.
Randy would like to give a special thank you to her fabulous caregivers; Joan Brady, Ginger Sommer, and James Stanton. Also a special thanks to Gary Astill for taking Randy and Peggy into his home for the final few months of Peggy’s struggle.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, August 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East in Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to park on the north side.