It's a sad day today on the Needlepoint Study Hall blog. I heard that Peggy McGowan and her sister were killed in a car accident yesterday. Her niece is in critical condition. So sad for the family's loss. Sad for our loss, too.
It was Peggy who created the Needlepoint Study Hall blog. She was stitching the Halloweenies at the time, and wanted to create to a Study Hall format for others who were stitching the same epic series.
Peggy had asked me to join as a co-writer to the blog. Anyone who writes a blog knows life can get between you and the keyboard; soon one day passes to a week(s) without any blog entries. Having a co-writer helps to keep the readers entertained.
I was thrilled to be asked and have enjoyed contributing to the blog. A few years ago, Peggy got sick with cancer and told me wouldn't be blogging because she needed to focus on getting better. I told her the blog door would always be open for her return. Peggy did get better and overcame cancer!
Soon after Peggy's good health news, her husband Rob got bad news: non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The tumor kept growing and on November 2012, Peggy lost her soul mate.
I recently saw Peggy at Stitchers Inc. She was picking up some threads for a needlepoint project. She was looking good. She had regained that twinkle in her eyes. Today's news is a kick in the gut and lets us know how temporary life really is.
So in this tribute to Peggy, I would like to shine a light on some of the other phases of her life. There are two wonderful links with interviews from Peggy and Rob.
Peggy's early career was one of the first camerawomen in the Television industry. Award winner, even. Yes, Peggy won an Emmy award for "Best Camera Operator" on Dick Clark's Live Wednesday in 1978. Peggy was the first woman to win the award. I saw it in her house displayed under her husband's ceramic artwork. She had many nominations, too. Oh, the stories she would tell.
|Peggy McGowan accepting her Emmy Award.|
|A very talented couple: Rob and Peggy McGowan|
I met Peggy during her needlepoint phase of her life. She worked at Stitchers Inc and then at Amy's Golden Strand. Her passion for stitching was pure. She would often remark, "Oh, those threads are so yummy!"
Peggy was a quilter, a cat lover, and enjoyed Halloween. She loved Daffodils. Peggy was a gentle soul. I am so glad to have met her. I thank her each day for this blogging opportunity.
If you would like to read any/all of Peggy's blog entires, you can see her name on the Right Column of the blog under Previous Topics. Click on her name and all entires are bundled together.
Hugs to all of you, and Peggy, too... Robin