Margaret "Peggy" Eloise OtaAugust 21, 1941 ~ February 23, 2019 (age 77)
Margaret Eloise “Peggy” Ota
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Margaret Eloise Ota, "Peggy" to her friends and family, was called home to our Lord in the early hours of Saturday, February 23, 2019. Born on August 21, 1941, Peggy lived a very passionate life full of adventures, love, and activism. Peggy was born in Delores, Colorado and grew up in Denver and Brighton, where she graduated from Adams City High School in 1958 and moved to California in 1963 and there she participated in the women’s and civil rights movements, including marches, sit-ins, and freedom rides. She abjectly opposed segregation and oppression in any form.
Peggy attended UC Berkley and studied anthropology. Peggy was a loving mother, who provided her children with all that she could. She took them off on weekend adventures exploring different areas, local fairs and carnivals, missions, and parks. They took day trips by bus to Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk, the San Francisco zoo, the museums around Golden Gate Park. They spent their days listening to music, dancing, singing and playing together.
In 1973, Peggy met her soul mate Michio Ota and the two blended their families together. They would get dressed to the nines and go dancing on weekends, a pastime they continued to enjoy until Peggy was no longer able to dance; however, even in a wheelchair, she was still always the life of the party and made sure she got to dance at her granddaughter's wedding.
In 1979, they moved to Colorado Springs where they later retired. Peggy and Mitch loved Colorado for the camping, hiking, and recreation they partook in with their families and their beloved terriers. Peggy had a green thumb and was often seen cultivating her flower garden with her husband. Peggy loved to play games with her children and grandchildren; she also loved to regale them with anecdotes of her childhood and early life. Peggy wrote many stories and poems about her life and experiences. Peggy often related that her grandchildren and their love healed her soul; she loved spoiling them and taking them to experience new things like ice skating, camping, movies, the North Pole, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, just to name a few. Peggy spent the summers RV-ing with her husband, terriers, and granddaughters. In 2000, they sold their home to become snow birds and travel during the winter. They ventured to many different states, but she loved Oregon and the coastline second only to her home state of Colorado. They hosted campgrounds in the summer, and in the winter she would play Bunko and was a member of the Red Hat Society at various campgrounds.
Peggy was always an avid reader, but due to crippling arthritis, her reading prowess increased; she passed on her love of books to her children and grandchildren, with whom she often spoke about various novels, especially Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton. Peggy valiantly battled Cancer and during her sickest times, found delight in watching old favorites on Netflix, especially "The Twilight Zone." Peggy loved watching movies and going to art shows and museums with her family.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 45 years Michio Ota, daughters Carine Murr and Christine (John) Secrist, grand-children Jervaise (Christopher) Pileggi, Jessi (Adam) King, Elijah, David, and Rebekah Secrist, great-grandchild Remi King, sister Beth, brother Jim, and Sandy and other cousins. She is proceeded in death by her father William Daniel Ross, her mother, her sister Judy, her Aunts Pauline, Louetta, Wilma, and Mary, her sons Danny and Andrew Barreras, and great-grand-daughter Harvey King.