Dr. Peggy Janis Guthrie


Dr. Peggy Janis Guthrie, devoted wife, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, teacher, Aunt and friend to many, passed away at the age of 81 on Monday, March 25, 2019, at her home in Chandler, Okla.
Peggy was born Nov. 12, 1937, in Wayne, Okla., to Arthur Carter Craig and Mabel Perry Craig and was the middle of three sisters. She graduated from Wayne schools and attended East Central University, graduating at the age of 20. She continued her studies at UCLA, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, Catholic University, Wet Tissue Seminar in Baltimore, Md., and received two National Science Grants. She had a BS in Chemistry, MS in Zoology and a PHD in Epidemiology.
In 1958 Peggy began her career as a science teacher at Kerr Jr. High, where she taught six and a half years. In 1967 she started teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma and retired after 37 years in 2004. She loved teaching, advising students, and the administration as department chairperson.
Peggy married the love of her life, Cal F. Guthrie, on Aug. 2, 1959, in Wayne, Okla., at the Methodist Church. They built their first home in Del City in 1961, their second home in Edmond in 1969 where they raised their three sons, and lastly their retirement home in Chandler in 2005 where they enjoyed grandchildren and watching their cattle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carter and Mabel Craig, and her sister, Jo Ann Davis.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Cal Guthrie; three sons, Gregg Guthrie and wife, Nancy of Chandler, Carl Guthrie and wife, Rebecca of Noblesville, Ind., and Cory Guthrie and wife, Julie of Edmond; five grandchildren, Marlee, Carlyn, Morgan, Emylie, and Carter; one sister, Betty Roberts of Lexington, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Peggy "Speedy" was loved by all who met her and she will be remembered for many things. She was active in DKG and KKI for over 50 years, MacDowell Club, and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed spending time with all those members and friends. Peggy was an avid reader and advisor. She enjoyed skiing and camping with her boys. She was a very proud grandmother and wanted every available minute with her grandchildren. She always had a hot meal for Cal and a Dr. Pepper for herself. Peggy was "quick" to move from one activity to another while helping someone in between. "Start where you are", "take what you have", "do the best you can" LC
A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019, at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Heritage Room located in the Nigh University Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston, Okla.
Memorial contributions can be made in Peggy's honor to the Dr. Peggy Guthrie Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Biology by following this link, www.bit.ly/2U0xP93.
Published on March 28, 2019
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3 posts

Diana Billings
Mar 29, 2019
I was in her first class at Kerr Jr High in 1958. She was my best encourager over past 60 years, and I will miss her so much!
Carol Woods
Mar 29, 2019
I had 5 classes from Dr Guthrie and thoroughly enjoyed everyone of them. She was a very classy lady and I came to regard her as a friend. She always had time to spend with me, never treating me as if she had somewhere else to be or things to do. I was truly blessed to know her, as many will agree. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family at this time. May God be with all of you.
Joe Grzybowski
Mar 28, 2019
Will always appreciate Dr. Guthrie for her almost business-like, no-nonsense demeanor, but positive, forward-looking and supportive attitude towards her students and colleagues, including myself. Was fortunate to know her, sad in her passing, but happy she lived a good life.