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Peggy Ann (Cole) Bacon

"I've got a mansion, just over the hilltop. In that bright land where, we will never grow old. And someday yonder, we will never more wander, but walk on streets that are as pure as gold."

Today, the Lord sent his angels, one's Mom knew she would see, to take her to her mansion to be pain free. Our loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Brian's House in Essexville after a lengthy illness.

She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on February 29, 1944. She is survived by: her mother and step-father, Peggy Ann and Theodore Bukowski of Manistee; her son, William D. Bacon, Jr., of Hope; son and daughter-in-law, Michael D. and Rhonda Bacon of Hope; her brother and his wife, Harry and Nancy Cole of Lakeland, Fla.; her brother and his wife, Tom and Amy Cole of Manistee; her sister, Karen and her husband, Don Darling of Manistee; her three grandchildren, James Hansen, Ashleigh Bacon and Christopher Bacon; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends. Peggy was preceded in death by: her son, Christopher Bacon; her father, Emery Cole, Jr.; her sister and brother-in-law, Sophie Lee and John Rogers; her brother, James Cole; and her nephew, Troy Dominick Cole.

Peggy graduated from Manistee High School. She was the Homecoming Queen of her class. She graduated from SVSU earning her bachelor degree and from U of M earning her masters degree in social work. Peggy worked in Midland at a medical office while her children were young. She later moved to Canton where she truly enjoyed working as a medical social worker for Renaissance Home Health Care. She moved back to Midland in 1995 to be closer to her sons, Bill and Mike, her daughter-in-law, Rhonda, whom she always thought of as the daughter she never had, and her three grandchildren she loved so much with all her heart.

Peggy was a wonderful lady, not only to her family, but her dear friends and those she blessed while she worked for MidMichigan Visiting Nurse in Midland as a hospice social worker. She touched so many lives through her work with Hospice. Peggy put together and presented programs to help young children, teens and adults through the grieving process when a loved one has passed away. Peggy was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend and mentor to all who knew her. She was blessed to have so many loving and caring special friends to give their love and support through her last months and days.

Funeral services for Peggy will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 22, from Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler St., Midland. Hospice Chaplain Kurt Eichinger will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Manistee. Peggy's family received friends Wednesday evening, and today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider MidMichigan Visiting Nurse-Hospice Program of Midland or to her three grandchildren for a college trust fund.

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