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Peig Schmitz chose to be a Calhouner when she and her husband Cliff returned to the county in 1998 to live out their lives. She passed from her earthly life on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, but  her work and influence will be long remembered. She worked with enthusiasm and a cheerful attitude to make her neighborhood, town, and county a better place.

She was a good friend in her hilltop neighborhood, walking her dog, checking on residents, and joining in the activities there.

Heartwood in the Hills had a special part in her life. She was in exercise class until the last few months, and amazed her classmates with her persistence. When new members joined the class, they always received a warm welcome from Peig. She was also an exercise partner in former years when we would go to the Senior Citizens Center.

Family Resource Network benefited from her interest. She was passionate about helping children and their parents to have more opportunities and a better life.

She was a spiritual leader, helping younger ministers become more knowledgeable in the demands of a rural ministry.

Peig was a tireless member of Calhoun Historical Society. She was secretary for several years, made pepperoni rolls, helped with cleaning at the Family History Center and at Heritage Village, and worked on crafts to sell. Her latest duties were documenting information and serving as Granny at the Stemple Cabin for the first graders’ tour of the Village. This was done in the last two months.

A memory for the Morris family was when Peig and Cliff came for our Christmas Eve service in the barn. Carols were sung, and while Peig told the Christmas story, a small granddaughter and her uncle pantomimed the Christmas night in the stable, assisted by the doll, Bitty Baby, portraying Baby Jesus. The pageant ended in laughter as a horse tried to eat Baby Jesus’ hair! Even though it was very cold, our gracious guests stayed for cocoa and gingerbread cookies.

Calhouners will miss Peig and the many ways she has enriched our lives. She never said, “I am too old or ache too much to help with a project.” Let her example remind us to help continue the work for her beloved Calhoun County.

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, noon, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard C. Metheney and Pastor Jerry N. Malona conducting the service. A dinner will follow at the church.

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