Peggy Ann Tanner
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Peggy Ann Tanner
  • March 15, 1936 - July 9, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Peggy Ann Tanner, 81, of Columbia, formerly of Centralia, died Sunday, July 9, at The Neighborhoods by Tiger Place, in Columbia. She was interred in the Centralia City cemetery by Memorial Funeral Home and private family services will be held at a later date.



Born March 15, 1936, in Shelby County, IL, to C.C. and Lois Carr, she spent her young life in Illinois. Her family moved to a farm near Centralia in 1951, and she graduated from high school in Centralia. She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri and her Master’s in Science Education from Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (Truman). Peggy’s entire career was spent teaching in Chance Elementary in Centralia.



Peggy thrived by pursuing her many interests. Following retirement from teaching, she and her husband of 61 years, Bob, roamed far and wide in their RV. They traveled to all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, to Mexico and enjoyed several cruises to the Caribbean. They made trips to Europe, Australia and New Zealand and spent winter months in Texas or Arizona and summered in the Colorado Rockies. Always learning new skills, she took lessons to become a certified oil painting instructor and many paintings decorated their home in Columbia. She learned “wood carving in the round” and chip carving. Peggy collected cookbooks as remembrances of all of the places she and Bob visited. She had hundreds.



She was a lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ Church and after moving to Columbia, she and Bob became members of the Olivet Christian Church.



Peggy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert (Bob) Tanner and their two children, Dr. Lou Ann Tanner-Jones (Terry) of Columbia, and Dr. Scott Tanner (Susan) of Jefferson City, four grandchildren, Rachel Tanner Jones and Walker Raymond Jones, of Columbia, Elizabeth Anne Tanner of Philadelphia, PA, and Andrew Russell Tanner of Fayetteville, AR, sisters Shirley McBride of Centralia, and Carolyn FitzHenry of Beaumont, TX, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Elsie Garrett, Jean Mizener and Richard Carr.



The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. Joe Muscato and to all of the wonderful staff of the Missouri Cancer Associates for their care and concern for nearly 20 years. Thanks also to Drs. Roller and Frey for helping Peggy during her illness, to the caring staff of Boone Hospital Home Care and Hospice and to the supportive staff of Booneslick Trail at the Neighborhoods by Tiger Place.



If you wish to make a memorial, Peggy requested these be sent to the American Cancer Society. A Facebook "In Memoriam" page link is given below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeggyTannerinmemoriam.



Condolence emails may be sent to rtannerj@gmail.com.