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Peggy Gillam passed from this life on October 6, 2017 at her home in Dallas, Texas. She was born in Tulsa Oklahoma on December 7, 1929. She graduated from Waco High School and attended Texas Women's University in Denton Texas.
Peggy married Harry Lee Gillam on June 14, 1952. The couple moved to Bryan College Station in the spring of 1957 where Harry supervised the construction of and opening of KBTX TV. He served as vice president and general manager of the station until his death. Peg later served as a director of the Brazos Broadcasting Company and always considered KBTX part of her extended family.
In addition to raising their three children, Gil, John Van and Patty, Peggy sought opportunities to be of service to the community in areas dear to her heart. The mother of a special needs child, she served on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center. She was also instrumental in establishing the special education program at Bryan ISD. One of a number of women who recognized the need for an organization for young volunteers, Peg was one of the five founding members of the Junior League of Bryan College Station. Concerned about the plight of abused children and their families, Peg served on the Board of Directors of Scotty's House. She was a life member of the Woman's Club, an active member and trustee of the First United Methodist Church of Bryan, a one time chairman of the March of Dimes, and a supporter of numerous other community and charitable organizations in the Brazos Valley.
Peggy moved to Dallas in 2007 and was a resident of Highland Springs retirement community. While the move was difficult in some ways because of her many friends in, and love for the B/CS area, there were blessings as she was in closer proximity to her family. Much of her last 10 years were filled with baseball games, plays, concerts and musicals participated in by her grandchildren. And she got the opportunity to dote over her three great grandchildren. Peg was very active in the affairs of "the home" at Highland Springs and regularly hosted card and mahjong games in "Peggy's Parlor" until shortly before her death.
Whether at her house on Sunnybrook Lane in Bryan, or in her apartment in Dallas, her door was always open. Old friends and new "friends to be" were always welcome. Peggy, or Honey as she was known to her grand kids, loved the role of hostess and cherished making others feel at home.
She was preceded in death by her parents E. M.and Lena Van Pelt, her husband Harry, and her son John Van. She is survived by her daughter Patty, son in law Gil Barteau, and grandsons Aaron and Bradley Barteau. She is also survived by her son Gil, daughter in law Brenda, grandsons Harrison and Ryan Gillam, granddaughter Ashley Cleveland, her husband Justin, and great grandchildren Felicity, Caroline, and Crockett Cleveland. She's also survived by her sisters Pat Smith, Betty Holland, and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mary Norman, Dr. Neeta Nayak, Lainie Caldwell RN and the folks at VNA Hospice, the staff and caregivers of Always Best Care, and the staff of Highland Springs for the love, kindness and excellent care they gave our mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scotty's House, FUMC Bryan Landscape Endowment or the FUMC Bryan Youth Endowment.
Family visitation will be at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan on Monday, October 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. A memorial service will held Tuesday, October 10 at 1:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Bryan.