Peggy Lynn (Soldner) Drew, age 54 of Greenville, Illinois and San Diego, California, passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois from complications related to metastatic breast cancer. She was lovingly surrounded by family and friends. Peggy’s cancer was diagnosed in 2002 and doctors gave her 11 months to live. Instead of giving up she fought hard for twelve years, living life to the fullest, and touching numerous lives across the world.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 25, at the First Christian Church in Greenville with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Farina, Illinois. A second gathering celebrating Peggy’s life and spirit will take place in San Diego,California early next year.
Peggy Lynn, the daughter of Richard and Rhea LaFern (Mulvaney) Soldner, was born November 15, 1960 in Shelbyville, Illinois. She grew up in Cowden, Illinois attending the local schools where she was involved in many activities. Peggy graduated from Cowden-Herrick High School with the class of 1978. Peggy played the piano for the Cowden Christian Church, always using her talents to serve others. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University and also held a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Peggy was married to David Howton, until his death in 2005. Surviving are 2 children: Ty Howton of Boston, Massachusetts; and Tara Mathiesen of Ladera Ranch California, and 2 grandchildren Max and Sam Mathiesen.
Peggy and Richard Christopher Drew were united in marriage on March 20, 2010 in San Diego, California. Surviving are 2 children; Christy Drew of Chicago, Illinois, and Michael Drew of San Diego, California.
Also surviving is Peggy’s father, Richard Owen Soldner of Effingham, Illinois.
Peggy achieved tremendous success in business rising to an executive level in the pharmaceutical industry before her retirement. She achieved equal success in life touching all of those who knew her. She was a member of University of San Diego Alumni Association Executive Committee, an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church and a member of the Greenville First Christian Church.
Peggy’s zest for life was extraordinary, inspiring all who crossed paths with her. She had a love for family, travel, bulldogs, and fashion. Her numerous talents included musical prowess on the piano, poetry, and decorating. Peggy was involved in numerous charitable endeavors serving others throughout her life. Peggy particularly enjoyed living in Greenville on Governor Bond Lake with her husband. the sunset cruises on the beautiful lake were magical for her. She will be deeply missed.
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
203 W Oak St
Greenville, IL 62246