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Peggy S. Vayette

Peggy S. Vayette

Mrs. Peggy Sue Vayette, nee Taylor, 88, of New Athens, IL, born October 31, 1935, in Vienna, IL, passed away on Saturday March 9, 2024, at the Coulterville Care Center in Coulterville, IL.  She was a schoolteacher at New Athens, IL District #60 School for 35 years and twice served as a cheer leading sponsor.  She was a Vienna High School graduate, an SIU-C graduate, where she was a founding member of Sigma Kappa Sorority on the SIU campuses.  Additionally, she was a member of St. John UCC Church in New Athens, IL, the church’s Women’s Guild and the New Athens, IL Women’s Club.

Mrs. Vayette was preceded in death by her parents – Oren and Norma (Jeffries) Taylor, her loving husband – Ronald Vayette, whom she married on June 3, 1962, and who passed away on July 7, 1999, her brother – Don Taylor, in-laws – Earl and Edith, nee Davis, Vayette and brother-in-law – Gordon Fredenberg.

Peggy is survived by her son – Jeff (Beth) Vayette and granddaughter – Taylor Vayette, all of New Athens, IL, a sister – Ruth (Jim) Yoakum of Iberia, MO, sisters-in-law – Mary (the late Gordon) Fredenberg of Knoxville, TN and Shirley (Pete) Petrosky of St. Peters, MO and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She is also survived by her special friend – Joe Woolford of New Athens, IL and his family.

Memorials may be made to St. John UCC or to New Athens, IL Fire Company #1.

Visitation: 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday March 14, 2024, and also 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Friday March 15, 2024, at St. John UCC in New Athens, IL.  A Women’s Guild ritual will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday morning at the church.

Funeral:  11 a.m. on Friday March 15, 2024, at St. John UCC in New Athens, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Deborah Jones says:

    Peggy and I taught 4th grade together and had some dandy times. I was blessed to have her as a friend and grateful to have her as a teaching partner. She was one of a kind!! I will miss her!

  2. Dennis Works says:

    Peggy and I were 4th grade teachers together at New Athens and our rooms had adjoining doors. She taught both classes of social studies and I taught all the science classes. Probably the most fun I had during my teaching career. We had great times together. One of my favorite memories is creating bulletin boards together. Neither of us were overly artistic and we had two large bulletin boards outside our classrooms. While the other teacher made spectacular boards, we conspired together to write Merry on my board and Christmas on hers. Pretty good thinking. My condolences to the family and I thank Peggy for the memories.

  3. Lana Brede says:

    So sorry for your loss Frost and Beth !

  4. Lynn Harbison says:

    I had Mrs. Vayette in 4th grade, she was a teacher who cared for her students and you could tell she loved teaching. We learned a lot that year. Loved her as my teacher and was a great person. She will be missed!

  5. June and Joseph Marcus says:

    There are times when one person has touched so many and made such a difference in peoples lives that made her life so fulfilling and Peggy seems to have been such a person. How rare is a life like this that people, like my wife and I, wish we had known her. We heard about her through Sandy and Bruce Marcus but being with her would have been an incredible gift to us. Just knowing how loved she was is a gift in itself. God speed Peggy and when you get to your infinite destiny please look for my father David, he will give you the tour you deserve as well as a good laugh. The night sky just got a bit brighter.

  6. Steve Woodward says:

    Mrs. Vayette was both my third grade teacher (Miss Taylor then) and fourth grade teacher. The classes were split between third and fourth grade students. To be able to keep all involved while teaching to one class or the other was quite a feat and she did it remarkably. I always looked forward to seeing and talking to her whenever I had the chance. I always told her she was my favorite third and fourth grade teacher and will miss these times when I got to talk to her. My condolences to her family, friends, former coworkers, and to all her former students on their loss.

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  1. Mrs. Vayette was both my third grade teacher (Miss Taylor then) and fourth grade teacher. The classes were split between third and fourth grade students. To be able to keep all involved while teaching to one class or the other was quite a feat and she did it remarkably. I always looked forward to seeing and talking to her whenever I had the chance. I always told her she was my favorite third and fourth grade teacher and will miss these times when I got to talk to her. My condolences to her family, friends, former coworkers, and to all her former students on their loss.

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  2. There are times when one person has touched so many and made such a difference in peoples lives that made her life so fulfilling and Peggy seems to have been such a person. How rare is a life like this that people, like my wife and I, wish we had known her. We heard about her through Sandy and Bruce Marcus but being with her would have been an incredible gift to us. Just knowing how loved she was is a gift in itself. God speed Peggy and when you get to your infinite destiny please look for my father David, he will give you the tour you deserve as well as a good laugh. The night sky just got a bit brighter.

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  3. I had Mrs. Vayette in 4th grade, she was a teacher who cared for her students and you could tell she loved teaching. We learned a lot that year. Loved her as my teacher and was a great person. She will be missed!

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  4. So sorry for your loss Frost and Beth !

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  5. Peggy and I were 4th grade teachers together at New Athens and our rooms had adjoining doors. She taught both classes of social studies and I taught all the science classes. Probably the most fun I had during my teaching career. We had great times together. One of my favorite memories is creating bulletin boards together. Neither of us were overly artistic and we had two large bulletin boards outside our classrooms. While the other teacher made spectacular boards, we conspired together to write Merry on my board and Christmas on hers. Pretty good thinking. My condolences to the family and I thank Peggy for the memories.

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  6. Peggy and I taught 4th grade together and had some dandy times. I was blessed to have her as a friend and grateful to have her as a teaching partner. She was one of a kind!! I will miss her!

    Reply

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