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Peggy Ann Sammons

Peggy Ann Sammons

Longtime Ashland resident, social and civic activist


Peggy Ann Sammons, 79, of Ashland, Ore., wife of Dr. William Sammons, passed away on Sunday, August 20th, 2006, after a short illness. She had suffered a stroke. Mrs. Sammons, born Peggy Ann Taylor in Muncie, Indiana, moved with her husband to Ashland in 1955. After assisting her husband in establishing his medical practice, she devoted her energies to raising her four children and to numerous social and civic causes. She was an early member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Tudor Guild and remained an active supporter of Oregon Shakespeare Festival throughout her life. She was a passionate advocate for women's rights and many other environmental and social causes.

An accomplished linguist, she was fluent in French and Spanish and traveled extensively in those countries and throughout Europe and Mexico, establishing friendships around the globe. Her indefatigable curiosity competed with her oft-times wicked sense of humor as her most enduring trait. She was a devotee of fine food and wine, her many friends will recall her frequent dinner parties, where the quality of the food was surpassed only by the quality of the conversation. She was renowned for her ability to locate a good restaurant and a good used bookstore in any locale, however remote.

Although she never completed a college degree, she remained a student throughout her entire life, and was one of the first adults of her generation to sit side by side with undergraduates in classes at Southern Oregon College, now Southern Oregon University. She amassed an extensive library in many languages and was a key member of local French and Spanish study groups.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, she is survived by her four children, Laure Trickel of Ashland, Morgan Sammons of Potomac, Maryland, David Sammons and Madeleine Fair, both of Rogue River; and grandchildren, Stefanie Sickels and Karl Trickel of Sarasota, Florida, Parker Young of Anchorage, Alaska, and Dominic Sammons of Ashland. Plans for a celebration of her life will be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Ashland Library or Jefferson Public Radio.

Peggy Ann Sammons