Peggy Marie Kerans was born at home on November 15, 1928, in Danville, Ill. Peggy was the youngest of eight children born to Clara Jessie (Prather) and James Robertson Kerans. Her four brothers and three sisters all preceded her in death.
Peggy spent her school years in Georgetown, Ill., graduating from Georgetown High School in 1947. After completing high school, she moved to Terre Haute, Ind., where she worked and shared a room at the YWCA with other young working women.
While attending an evening church service in Terre Haute, Peggy made the acquaintance of a handsome young U.S. Army Reservist who was the song leader for that service. On April 2, 1949, Peggy married Albert E. Gardner. The two remained married until 2004 when Al went home to be with his Lord.
Peggy's first job out of high school was secretarial and she remained in that vocation throughout her working life. Some of her employment included secretarial positions at various churches, the business office of School District 118, and, for a time, at Daniel Grade School.
In 1968, Peggy took a job as secretary to the founding president of Danville Junior College, Mary Miller. Peggy was proud to be a part of the growth of the institution now known as Danville Area Community College. For over a quarter of a century she had the distinction of serving as the secretary/administrative assistant to the first five presidents of DACC. Peggy also served as the secretary to the DACC Board of Trustees for several years. She retired from DACC in 1994. In 2004 Peggy co-founded the DACC Annuitants Association, which she remained active in until very recently.
Peggy's dedication and hard work were recognized in 1994 when she was named the DACC Staff Person of the Year. In 2013, Peggy was named as an honoree at the DACC College Founders Honors ceremony. At the time of her retirement, the Illinois House and Senate each passed a resolution acknowledging Peggy's service to the local community and the citizens of Illinois.
Peggy served on the Board of the Education Personnel Federal Credit Union for 20 years and as the recording secretary for an additional nine years.
No recounting of Peggy's life would be complete without the mention of her Christian faith. Her testimony and faith were her greatest influence on her family and on many others. As a child, she attended the Georgetown Cumberland Presbyterian Church. At age 12, while at a church camp, Peggy accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized soon after. Peggy openly asserted that her conversion so many years ago was the most important decision of her life as it influenced everything that she did.
During their five-and-a-half decades together, Peggy and Al were active in several churches - First Baptist of Covington, Calvary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, and most recently Ridgeview Baptist Church in Danville. In her mid 80s, Peggy reconnected with Georgetown Cumberland Presbyterian Church where her spiritual journey began so many years ago.
Peggy's grandchildren were a top priority to her. She gave them her unconditional love, time and resources, including many vacations and camping trips over the years. "Grandma Gardner" was a fixture at all of the sporting events and activities that her grandchildren participated in.
In the early morning hours of March 10, 2018, Peggy Kerans Gardner heeded God's call and made her journey to her heavenly home.
Peggy is survived by her son, Daniel (Elizabeth) Gardner; her daughter, Jeannine (James) Moore; grandchildren, Jennifer (Dwayne) Canady, Ryan (Laine) Cary, Grady Moore and Tyler Moore, and "bonus" grandaughter Nikki Moulton; and her treasured great-grandchildren, Davis Canady, Bennett Cary, and Ella Cary. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be Thursday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Robison.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Peggy's name to Grace and Truth Publications, Danville, Ill.
Published on March 12, 2018