Virginia Lou Straight was born February 16, 1932, the middle child of Alan and Lorraine (Bailey) Rood. Peg, as she was known by, was born in a small house in Clearfield, Iowa. Peg was welcomed by an older brother, Jim, and would later have a younger sister, Sharon.
Peg graduated from Clearfield high school in 1951. Peg played basketball in high school.
On July 2, 1950, she married Raymond Edward Straight in Clearfield. In her early years of marriage, she was an avid bowler. Peg also did a lot of sewing when she was younger. She made clothes for her kids and also made clothes for Lurae’s Barbie’s, Ken and baby dolls. She spent many hours crocheting and doing crafts with her mother. She enjoyed cooking large noon meals for farmhands and her family.
Peg loved to travel. They traveled to Branson, Missouri several times in the fall. They loved the music shows, picnics, going out for lunch, swimming in the afternoon and taking the rides throughout the days. She enjoyed looking at the pretty countryside. They also traveled out west to Washington state to see her folks, her sister, Sharon, and many other relatives. She loved the mountains and they saw a lot of beautiful country as they drove out and back.
She loved having her family around her at anytime and in later years enjoyed all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to go shopping and could outshop all of them. She could actually shop ’till they dropped!
Everyone around knew that they always had coffee time at 10 a.m. and pop time at 3 p.m. everyday and everyone was welcome to stop in.
Peg’s favorite food was anything chocolate. She used to buy six large Snicker bars on the way home from Creston, supposedly for Ray, but they never made it home. She would eat all six before she got home and then be sick to her stomach.
She so enjoyed Christmas time and decorating her whole house. She would be the biggest kid under the tree.
During the winter months, she and Ray were avid Iowa Hawkeye fans. They never missed a game, if possible, whether it was on the TV or radio. It was so fun to watch her expressions and how excited she would get when her team would make a basket or get a foul and then she would be yelling at the referees.
She was a member of the Clearfield Methodist church and a number of many card clubs. She especially loved playing bridge. Peg passed away on June 23, 2009 while a resident of Clearview Home in Clearfield.
Peg was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; parents-in-law, Luther and Mary Straight, and a brother-in-law, Marvin Straight.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Lurae Straight and companion Tom Moore of Lenox, Iowa and Rodney Straight and wife Beverly of Clearfield, Iowa; grandchildren, Ivy Mueller and husband Mark, Jessica Jay and husband Cody and Corinna Straight and friend Alan Schultz; great grandchildren, Hunter Jay, Alyssa Jay, Vincent Straight and Noah Mueller; her brother, Jim Rood and wife Rosemary of Fairfield, Iowa; sister, Sharon Spofford and husband Tom of Soap Lake, Washington; sisters-in-law, Marianne Workman and husband Earl and Suzanne Straight, all of Shenandoah, Iowa, and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Friday, June 26, 2009, with Rev. Beatrice Kinzler officiating. Musicians were Patty Parrish and Deb Briggs.
Casket bearers were Bob Bailey, Ryan Bailey, Jerry Brown, Michael Moellenbrandt, Brian Davenport and Kenny Nelson.
Peg was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.