The Curry Coastal Pilot

Peggy R. Lewis

Oct. 31, 1935-Nov. 29, 2013

Peggy R. Lewis, 78, passed away at her home in Brookings on Nov. 29, 2013.

Peggy was born Oct. 31, 1935, in Blachly, to John and Florence (Lincoln) Peck.

The family lived in Oregon City, Eugene and Florence during Peggy's school years.

She moved to Brookings at the age of 18. In the early 1960s, she went to work for O'Holleran's Restaurant in Brookings. She later became manager there and had worked for over 35 years managing the restaurant before retiring in the 1990s.

After retiring, Peggy and her beloved companion, Robert "Bob" Knudsen would spend half the year in Brookings and the other half in Baja, California. She enjoyed doing crafts, including beautiful Christmas tree skirts and pillows for the family and unique creations from driftwood and seashells. Peggy was also a pioneer woman and was just as comfortable hunting and fishing as she was crocheting.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Jerry and Nellie Fox of Brookings, Rick and Darlene Fox of Beaverton; daughter Cheryl Ellis of Smith River, Calif.; grandchildren Ryan (Natalie) Rettke, Kandi Rettke, Robin Fox, Laura Fox, Ame Fox, Krissy (Victor) Pelayo and Ryan Fox; 15 great-grandchildren; best friends Thelma Sarratt and Earl Koch; and her beloved dog Buster whom she called Roberto.

Peggy was preceded in death by the love of her life Robert "Bob" Knudsen in 2011.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery.

A potluck will follow at 1 p.m. at the Chetco Grange 765, 97895 Shopping Center Avenue, Harbor.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.