The 30th Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk is dedicated to two wonderful women, Shirley Peterson & Margaret Huth Todd, who during many years of their lives made important contributions to the Walk.
Shirley Padgitt Peterson was born June 27, 1920, married Frank Peterson May 9, 1942, & died December 20. 2012. Shirley & Frank lived in Oak Park until 2002 when they moved to San Antonio, Texas.
Shirley & Frank’s lives were centered on their church participation. Shirley sang in the choir, was active in Presbyterian Women & her circle groups, & was an elder. She helped run the local food pantry & commandeered the whole family to help in food distribution during the holidays. She for many years was treasurer of Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk.
Shirley wanted to be remembered as being honest, loveable, & always willing to help out, even if it might not work out exactly right. Some of the words used by family & friends to describe Shirley are: determined, strong, courageous, a good soldier, loyal, wise, busy, kind, loving, reserved, persistent, an inspiration, & gracious. She was a true lady who lived her faith & possessed a lovely smile. Shirley’s final words to all would be: Behave yourself, be careful, & don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
Margaret Huth Todd was born May 4, 1918, married James Todd October 26, 1940, & died February 8, 2013. Marge & James lived in Oak Park & Forest Park.
After her husband died in 1990 Marge spent many years volunteering at the Economy Shop, sewing at the Nineteenth Century Women’s Club, cooking for others, gardening, & supporting her church. She was the Recruiter for Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk at Cornerstone UMC Church for many years. The last CROP Walk she participated in was on her 90th birthday.
Marge will be remembered for her love of family, the church, singing, sewing, cooking, reading, volunteering, cardinals, butterflies, & her beloved Cubs. At her funeral the recessional hymn was “When the Saints Go Marching In”.