Margaret Ann "Peggy" (Willman) Shimp

July 28, 2022


Margaret Ann “Peggy” Willman Shimp born in Akron, Ohio 1932, died July 28, 2022. Preceded in death by her parents W. D. “Cubby” and Grace McCue Willman, son Martin K. and Daniel W. Shimp, daughter-in-law Carolyn Guyro Shimp, former spouse William B. Shimp, father of their five children. Survived by sons William C., Andrew G. (Kim), Frederick M. (Erika) Shimp, 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several cousins. Graduated Upper Arlington Class of 1950, Ohio State University 1954 where she became member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Mirrors, Chimes, Mortar Board honoraries; and survived the Snow Bowl of 1950. Charter member,and at the time of her death, the longest living original member of St. Agatha Church, where she served a term as Parish Council President. Past President, Elizabethan Guild. Member of ARC (Aid Retarded Children), Kinder Key, O.A.P.S.E. Chapter 201 Treasurer, Cum Cristo, and retired after 25 years with Upper Arlington Schools. Active Volunteer for Riverside Methodist Hospital High Tea oncology services, American Red Cross(began over 65 years ago), and St. Agatha Church, and treasured her travels over 4 continents.

Mom, Grandma, and great Grandma was one-of-a kind in so many ways. She raised five boys and survived the experience! Mom was tough but for the right reasons; she really felt her purpose as a Mother was to instill the characteristics necessary for her boys and grandchildren to be good Fathers and Mothers, good Christians, be proud of the family heritage and be self-sufficient. One of her favorite sayings while raising her five boys as we would get into our sibling tussles was “if blood isn’t involved, I don’t want to hear about it…it’s not my fault you lost”. She truly believed and taught her sons life is tough, as only she would know having two children pre-decease her, but to not complain about it; instead pick yourself up and go forward.

Peggy was an avid and compulsive coupon clipper and bargain hunter. She lived for the weekly grocery store ads and would travel the different stores for the best bargains. She was the queen of frugality. She will be forever remembered for her daily list of things “to do” and few things gave her greater pleasure than scratching a completed item off the list; she even wrote her sons a list of things “to do” right up to her last day. Mom played bridge with dear friends through her entire life; enjoyed Sunday breakfast after Mass with Jim, Bob and Paula; Mass and lunch with Sue the first Saturday of every month; sending crypted text messages no one could understand; Holiday dinners at her home; staying in touch and traveling with friends, and of course was always ready to share her opinion and advice even if you were not ready for it.

Mom was stubborn to a fault although she would proudly claim it was her best trait. We always teased thr cause of her death would be listed as acute stubbornness. In the end it was a tired heart only because she shared so much of it with others during her 90 years of serving her Catholic faith, her family, and her friends. Her greatest calling in life was to get the souls of her family, friends, and others ready to enter heaven. 

The family is indebted to all the friends and neighbors who provided support to her as her health declined; our family members from Akron; the Columbus EMS squad on Case Rd; the caring staff at Mill Run Rehab, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing; Bella Hospice; Fr. Dan Ochs who rushed to her side to provide her the last sacrament and communion allowing her to enter heaven in peace and with a smile; all her grandchildren who made her life worth living; and most especially her dear friend and neighbor for over 30 years, Barbara, and her daughter Stacy.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday August 8th at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL 4661 Kenny Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday August 9th at St. Agatha Church 1860 Northam Rd. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations in Peg’s memory may be made to Mt. Aloysius Foundation PO Box 598 New Lexington, OH 43764, Mid Ohio Foodbank 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH 43123, St. Agatha Church or charity of your choice.

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August 8, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Egan - Ryan Northwest Chapel (Kenny Road)

Mass of Christian Burial
August 9, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Agatha Church
1860 Northam Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43221

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