Peggy Ann Croxton Dewell. Finally her suffering it is over, after more than 10 long, long years with Alzheimer’s Disease, Peggy Ann Croxton Dewell, 79, of Scio, died in the Harrison County Home on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Peggy was the last of the pioneering Croxtons to pass. She was also the last Croxton to be born in the Croxton mansion in Washington Twp., Carroll Co. The land it sat on was acquired by federal land grant in 1810 by her great-great-grandfather WM. Croxton.
Peggy was born on December 25, 1934, and was preceded in death by her parents Dwight E. and Gladys M. Hawk Croxton and her sister Gwen (Harold) Moreland.
Her dad milked 40 cows all through World War II and into the ’50s and ’60s. He worked his two daughters like boys. Peggy grew up farm smart, tough but she was beautiful.
On June 6, 1953, she married the love of her life John Dewell, who survives along with two loving children Terri Lynn of Bowerston and John Jr. of Cody, WY. They bought their first farm near Scio in 1958 where they milked cows and bought their second farm in 1967, continuing to milk cows and raising 50-60 head of beef cattle.
Later on they started farming organically using their work horses Duke and Babe. It was great fun driving the team to the Scio Sale on Fridays.
Peggy loved all the farm animals especially the work horses, all the calves, dogs and cats. Peggy really liked those darn cats. Peggy raised two children, kept a spotless house, helped in the barn and out in the fields. She was one hell of a tractor driver and horse driver. She could leave the field early and put on a big noon meal for her husband, kids and hired hands in less than an hour.
Peggy was a member of the former Scio Farm Womens Club, Mt. Hope Grange, Harrison Co. SWCD Auxiliary, Harrison Co. Farm Bureau, National Rifle Assoc. and Ohio Gun Collectors Assoc. She was a member of The Shepherds Chapel in Gravits, Arkansas. When her husband worked away in the coal strip or other places Peggy kept all the animals fed and well cared for. She was one hell of a farm wife!
She will be missed by her husband and loving children, especially her loving daughter, Terri. She would have loved all the old tractors and Doodle Bugs and the old Model T Ford ton truck but it was not meant to be. Her wishes were to be cremated and her ashes scattered on the farm she loved so much.
There will be no services or visitation whatsoever. Koch Funeral Home, Scio, is in charge of her arrangements.
“A golden heart has stopped beating, busy hands now rest, she is with her heavenly father, she long ago passed the test.”
www.kochfuneral.com, Koch, Scio (740) 945-6161