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Margaret "Peg" Christopher

September 22, 1925 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Margaret "Peg" Christopher Obituary

The Lord looked at the current situation on Earth and decided this emergency required one of the most experienced and capable volunteers available.  He called on Margaret (Peg) Christopher.  Never one to turn down a challenge or a new position, she rose to the occasion and joined him in heaven on January 13th, 2024.  He knew she was highly qualified because she had easily been an officer and president for nearly every organization to which she belonged.  She had a B.S. from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin.  She taught music in Ionia, Belding and Lakewood for over 40 years.  Now she will gloriously shine as she directs a choir of angels. 

The Lord needs a leader and positive communicator with passion, energy, confidence and faith.  Peg is his gal!  Her devotions, newsletters and creative presentations are legendary amongst her various organizations, including: The First United Methodist Church, the Ionia Association of Retired School Personnel, Advocates of Sparrow Hospital and the WCD MAHA, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Women’s Festival Committee, The Literary Society and not least, the 438th Troop Carrier Group WWII. 

Of course, the Lord knows that even heaven can use a boost from an ever prepared lifetime Girl Scout.  Peg can lead the angels in grand march style, just as she did by founding the Dad Daughter Date Night, a popular event that danced on for decades.  Many local residents will recall her as director and leader of all things musical and campy at the Girl Scout Little House Day Camp each summer.  I’m sure she’ll be leading them all on a wonderful imaginary bear hunt in paradise. 

The Lord can rest assured that Peg knows how to entertain.  Her beautiful displays at the many Festival of Tables each year may even rival Leonardo da Vinci’s portrayal of the Last Supper. 

Peg knew lasting love, the first fifty-three years of marriage to Fred Christopher, and another ten years of romance and marriage with Donald Fell, both who are waiting in heaven for her with open arms.   Yes, she did have a thing for those military men.

Peg had been born at home in Drayton Plains, MI on September 22, 1925, and was the oldest of eight children.  Her baby brother, Frank Blue and sister, Ruth Chase will miss her dearly.  She also leaves two daughters, Linda (David) May and Sharon (Jack) Unger, here on earth to continue living the adventure.  Her other daughter, Patricia, will greet her on the other side and surely be drafted into helping with her new heavenly volunteer roles.  Lucky her!

Since Peg is no longer able to volunteer here on earth and make her regular charitable donations, she would love for others to make donations in her memory.  You could make a donation to Baycliff Health Camp online at, or to the Ionia Ministerial Association directly through Adam Rewa at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 434 High St, Ionia, MI.  48846. As Peg departed unexpectedly during a deep freeze and blizzardgeddon, a celebration of life service will be held at Lehman Funeral Home when the weather is much warmer.  Advance notice will be published when the date is determined.  Please be advised, we will reveal her secret holiday cheese ball recipe at the service.  If you’d like to share a story or photographs, please visit her obituary memory wall at

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