Margaret “Peggy” (Jordan) Adams, 86

October 25, 1934 - January 10, 2021

Peggy Adams passed away peacefully January 10, 2021. She was born to Nancy and Charles Jordan in 1934 on top of Mason Hill, Cameron County PA. Following a wave of scarlet fever in 1937 when she and her siblings lost their mother, the children were split up and taken in by various family members and friends. Peggy was adopted by her aunt Helen Jordan and raised on the family homestead in Huntley by Helen and her sister Grace.

An extraordinary and gifted woman, she worked as an executive secretary for Bethlehem Steel Corporation (Bethlehem PA) and AT&T (Basking Ridge NJ), among others. After she retired from GTE Electronic Components Division (Williamsport PA), she started her own company, Your Place or Mine, training private individuals and the Williamsport Area’s business owners, employees and executives alike in the then-new software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, WordPerfect, Lotus, and Peachtree Accounting.

A self-described “mountain girl,” Peggy loved spending time outdoors. She was an active member of the Audubon Society and camped as often as she could with family on Mason Hill. Her travels took her to Alaska to see wildlife, Massachusetts for whale watching, and she drove to virtually every other state east of the Mississippi and Texas to visit friends and family. Peggy never met an animal she didn’t like or a cookie she wouldn’t eat. She was intelligent, wise, funny, stubborn, kind and compassionate, and the best mother and friend her daughter, with whom she shared a birthday, could ever ask for. She will be missed terribly.

Peggy was preceded in death by her brother Vic Jordan and sisters Velthea Jordan, Caroline Gunsallus and Janet Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Beverly Adams-Hoover and husband Michael Hoover of Lititz, two grandsons and their wives, six great-grandchildren, her niece Lue Ann Clark of Montoursville, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and ‘relations’ too many to count.

Per Peggy’s request, services will be private and instead a celebration of her life will be held later in the year. Contrary to her wishes, however, the family will not place her ashes in a Garfield cookie jar. In lieu of flowers or the cookie jar, please make a donation to an animal shelter in her honor.

The family expresses their gratitude to the staffs of Legend of Lititz and Conestoga View for being there for Peggy, because we couldn’t.

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Condolences to the Family

March 08, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Peg.  We write this to Peg’s family to let you know that we cried today after hearing of her passing.  We had the privilege of knowing Peg through Helen and Grace Jordan.  We would see her on her visits to the Huntley property, until she decided to sell her ownership to us to care for and safeguard for years to come.  She had asked Jerry to stop the trespassers and for seventeen long-hard fought years of trials and tribulations Jerry and I honored her wishes, but it came to an end only because Peg stood up and spoke the truth before a judge.  Her heroic travel with her niece to come to appear at trial during the winter of 2013, ended the “Hatfield & McCoy” battle to retain a large section of the creek bottom property from being taken by trespassers.
Jerry and I will love and honor Peg’s memory to our last breath.  Jerry is a man who holds to his promises.  It would have scarred him deeply had the case gone the other way and his promise broken to Peg, who we considered a good friend.  Today, we cry with you knowing Peg is no longer with us to see the beauty of her beloved creek bottom in Huntley.  May you find peace knowing that others are sharing in your sorrow.  We kindly offer to you, her family, to hold Peg’s celebration of life later in the year at the Huntley creek bottom property. We would be honored to share her love of Huntley with you all!
Jerry & Brenda Reigle

February 07, 2021

I miss you

January 21, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. When I was a child, she was often my babysitter since she lived just down the road with Helen and Grace. She always made a point of visiting me when she came to camp during the summer. May she rest in peace with the Lord.
Ivan “Buzzy” Baughman

January 20, 2021

Peggy was my second cousin.  She would visit us when she came up to camp on Mason Hill after we retired and moved back to Cameron County. I am saddened by the news of her passing.  She will be in our prayers and we will hold fond memories of her visits in our hearts.  She was a gentle and kind lady.  Rest in peace Peggy.
John and Pat English

January 12, 2021

Peg was a wonderful lady and served the Lycoming Audubon Society for many years. We are truly saddened to hear of her passing.
Dan Alters

January 12, 2021

My heart is breaking at the loss of my dear cousin, Peg.  I remember the wonderful times we had at my grandparents on Grove Hill, the walks to view the wildlife, and as the “little” kid helping to wallpaper the kids room.  Peg always had a cat draped ofver an arm.  Good memories.
Rest in peace with Jesus, Peg!
Greg Rougeux

January 12, 2021

My wife Donna and I are so very sad to learn of Peggy’s passing.  We both worked at Sylvania in Muncy, PA and then in Williamsport, PA.  I had 19 years there in Engineering and Marketing and Donna had 15 years in Cost Estimating.  As our Executive Secretary, Peggy was the calm hand on the helm – and the big bosses thought they ran the company!  Peggy tought us how to use several software packages and when Donna and I decided to leave Sylvania in 1992 after the sale to Primus, she helped provide us with the most professional resume that worked in finding us new jobs in the Lancaster, PA area.  Our condolences to the family – may she rest in peace.  She was certainly one of the good ones.  
Tom & Donna Gouldy
Montoursville, PA

January 12, 2021

Bev, your mother was amazing, which explains a lot of why you are, too. She was a powerful presence at GTE when I came to call upon them and combined warmth, wit, humor and kindness. Sending love and sympathy from your old friend in Billtown — Karen F.

January 12, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. I know what a special lady Peggy was. It’s been years but I think of you often.
Joan Wilson Dershem

January 12, 2021

So sad to hear of my stepmother, Peggy’s passing. Our summer trips to Aunts Helen and Grace’s were magical. Near the creek, where we swam and fished and found crawfish and going to see the many deer living on the hill. I have always lived near a train remembering almost getting rattled out of bed each night by the train passing out back of the house. Thank you Peggy for showing me the beauty and wonder of nature. Rest in peace.
Kim Adams Hatch

January 11, 2021

Well, Mom, I misspoke.  The Garfield cookie jar is in its way from Colorado.

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