Margaret Rose Styles
July 27, 1935- July 14, 2022
Margaret “Peggy” Styles, adored Mother, Grandmother, and friend has returned to her heavenly home to rest with her dearest Kenneth “Skippy” Styles.
Peggy lived a full life and leaves behind a beautiful legacy of faith, family, and love that was felt by all that were blessed to meet her.
She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and was raised by her parents, Gladys (Clark) Shackleford and Kenneth Shackelford. Skippy (Ken) and Peggy met in Portsmouth at a local soda fountain when she was only 13 years old. After seeing her, Skippy invited Peggy to sit by him. She refused but invited him to sit with her instead. He happily accepted her offer. Skippy loved her stubborn, fiery spirit, and their love for one another bloomed quickly. She recalled listening for his motorbike passing, as she would watch from the front porch.
That same enduring and unending love brought so much happiness throughout their lives. Peggy and Skip were married on December 20, 1952, and had three children: William (Bill) Styles, Katherine (Kathy) Campbell, and Bonnie Booher. Their marriage was a true love story, they were inseparable, and loved each other more than anything.
Their life was always an adventure. Skippy was in the Air Force for 10 years, with his last assignment being in California at Hamilton AFB. They remained in Petaluma where they raised their children and began their entrepreneurial life.
Peggy was hardworking and ambitious. While the kids were young, she worked to become certified as an LPN and then cared for patients at Sonoma State Hospital for many years.
While balancing her role as a wife and mother, she worked in various business capacities and enjoyed working alongside Skippy. Together they owned two Texaco gas stations and Ken’s Truck and Auto Repair Shop.
They were converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after lengthy study and contemplation; this changed their lives. In 1974, they were sealed together as a family for time and all eternity.
An opportunity arose for Skip to teach in Tehran, Iran. They left Petaluma, only to be evacuated during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Upon being evacuated from Iran, Peggy and Skip lived in Ensenada, Mexico for almost a year.
Later, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin another venture once again in stock brokering, and tax consulting. They loved Las Vegas and spent many years building a beautiful life there. Their deep love for the gospel of Jesus Christ left them with a desire to serve as missionaries.
They were called to the Micronesia Guam mission from 1990-1991 where they served on the island of Palau for 18 months. They loved the Chinese people living in Palau, and later moved to China to teach English. They taught many students over the course of four different school years. They developed life-long friendships that were as close to them as family. Peggy enjoyed sharing her love of the people, culture, and cuisine with her family and friends upon their return. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while living in China.
Peggy was extremely beautiful, fashionable, and proper. She loved purses, shoes, and jewelry. JCPenney, or “Penney’s” as she would call it, was one of her favorite places to find a bargain. She was a talented decorator and made beautiful floral arrangements. She was an excellent cook, and her meals brought family and friends together.
Peggy was deeply devoted to her family and was willing to love and serve them during their greatest challenges and proudest moments. She mothered and cared for so many, sacrificing whatever she had to make their lives better.
There are few relationships like Peggy and Skip’s. There is no describing Peggy without Ken. They were the best of friends and devoted to caring for one another. In Skip's final years she cared for him daily, spending every moment she could making sure he was comfortable, as she had their entire lives. Losing Skip in 2019, after 67 years of marriage, Peggy continued to honor him by sharing memories and experiences from their life together with those that they love. She missed him dearly and we can only imagine the reunion that they now share.
If Peggy were to choose three things to tell you, they would be that: she loves you, she loves Skippy, and she loves the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
She leaves a legacy in her three children and their families. Skip and Peggy had 93 descendants and are still increasing: Bill and Debbie Styles and their 7 children, Kathy and Bruce Campbell and their 9 children, and Bonnie and Neal Booher and their 8 children.
In her final years, symptoms of dementia started taking our beloved mother and grandmother. She passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2022, just shy of her 87th birthday.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road in Layton, Utah. Friends may visit family prior to services from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment- Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by going to www.linquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Peggy's obituary page.