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Jean Genevieve “Peggy” Vargas

Jean Genevieve “Peggy” Vargas

Peggy Vargas, age 66, passed away on March 21, 2016 at the home of her daughter in Nampa, Idaho after a brief struggle with cancer. Peggy was born on September 20, 1949 in Ontario, Oregon to the late Harold H. Houston and the late Iva Margaret “Ruth” Andrews.

Peggy’s mission and story in life was that of a loving and devoted mother. Her most cherished time was spent with her children and family, as family was everything in the world to Peggy. She always put the needs of family before her own. Peggy was always present in her children’s lives, putting her children above all else; Peggy never missed a school event, nor did she ever fail to encourage her children, and to guide them and lift them up in all the ways of their lives.

Peggy graduated from nursing school in 1977 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon, earning her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, while at the same time raising her 4 small children. Peggy worked as an LPN for over 35 years, in many areas of nursing. Her passion in nursing, however, was as a nurse in Labor & Delivery, followed by being a nurse in long term care facilities, caring for the elderly and loving them in their final days.

Peggy was an avid reader, movie-goer, and bargain shopper – she was always on the hunt for more angels for her extensive angel collection. She loved angels so very much, and was attracted to everything that they are and that they represent.

And that was Peggy’s God-given talent – she was an angel to everyone. A remarkable, nurturing and genuinely caring woman, sharing her love and compassion to all those before her. She touched the hearts and lives of every person she met – from family to friends, to patients and their families, to co-workers and doctors; even in the last months of her life, during her battle with cancer, she so touched the hearts of her caretakers that they wept at the end of her treatment.

No one should ever forget that Peggy was an inspiration, an example, a teacher, a leader, a mentor, a nurse, a friend, a mother and an angel to us all. She will be truly missed, but will never be forgotten.

Peggy is survived by her 4 children: Juan Vargas Jr. of John Day, Oregon; Maria Orizaba of Nampa, Idaho; Tony Vargas of Nampa, Idaho; and Peggy Breski of Boise, Idaho. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She also leaves behind numerous other loved ones.

There will be a private graveside service for immediate family members at Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario, Oregon, where Peggy will be inurned over her mother’s grave, on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow.

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