Margaret Fern (Peggy) Bartley was born June 4, 1928 in Cowles, Nebraska. She passed away January 20, 2021, at the Retreat at SunnyVista in Colorado Springs.
She grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and went to school there. She made many friends and enjoyed being close to family. She said many times that she had the best mother-in-law that any woman could ever ask for. She maintained her relationships with friends and family in Red Cloud throughout her life. In 1947 she married Gene Bartley, and to the union was born 6 children. The family moved to Colorado Springs in 1961. After Peggy and Gene divorced; Peggy continued to live in Colorado Springs until her death.
In the 1960s Peggy enjoyed working part-time at the Broadmoor luxury resort serving banquets for special events and famous celebrities. Liberace was her favorite. She worked for Ampex Corporation in electronic testing for over 25 years, retiring in 1991.
Peggy loved her travel with Ports of Call and visited places like Barbados, Hawaii, Jamaica and Van Couver, Canada. Perhaps one of her greatest joys in life was her love of Jazz music and her time with Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society where she was a founding member, helping start the group in 1985. She served on the Board for 28 years. One of her favorite bands was Springs City Jazz. Her long-time dear friend Laura Davis sings and Laura’s husband Rick plays the trombone in the band.
Peggy was especially proud of her connection to the Mayflower. Daughter-in-Law Jacki’s research confirmed that one of her ancestors came over on the Mayflower. Peggy Fuller Bartley was an official “Child of the Mayflower” and proudly kept her certificate on her wall.
Spending time with her grandkids was a special joy. The kids have great memories of Grandma taking them for walks around Prospect and Broadmoor Lakes. The best part was always getting to feed the ducks!
Peggy made more than one trip to Cripple Creek where she fed the slots and always made sure she took advantage of the “free lunch” provided for regular customers. On her trip across the mountains, she had a special stopping place with an incredible view of the valley. Whether alone or with passengers she always sang “There will be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover” for good luck!
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Violet Pansy Blossom Diederich Fuller and Guy Arthur (Gus) Fuller, as well as 10 siblings, her ex-husband Gene Lyle Bartley and her daughter Jackie Bartley Overman.
Peggy is survived by:
Son, Larry Bartley (Jacki), Colorado Springs, Granddaughter Amber, Great Granddaughter, Megan; Daughter, Diana Bienkowski (Butch), Hastings, NE, Grandson Bo; Daughter, Barbara Dodge of Lincoln, Grandsons Nick and Joe, Great Grandchildren, Tavin and Jasmine; Daughter, Kathleen Bartley of Phoenix AZ, Grandsons Adam Bartley (Scott) and Cody Moreno (Amanda), Great Grandchildren Austin and Kai; Children of her late daughter Jackie Overman: Granddaughter Jennifer Buescher Wirtjes (Chris), Great Grandchildren Jaslyn & Dylan; Grandson Matthew Buescher; Grandson Josh Overman (Nisa); Granddaughter Alyssa Overman Duncan (Eric); Granddaughter Caitlynn Overman Tanner (Don); and Grandson, Jeffery Overman; Son, Danny Bartley (Ginger), Granddaughter Danelle, Great Granddaughter Charlotte; Granddaughter Patricia Thompson (Austin), Great Grandson Simon; Granddaughter, Brittanie Bartley.
Due to the current concerns of Covid19 the family has decided to postpone any services until summer when we could gather safely after vaccinations.
Memorial donations may go to the foundation for Cystic Fibrosis at www.cff.org .