Obituary: Peggy J. Borders Aug. 28, 1936 – Oct. 14, 2016

PEGGY J. BORDERS
Aug. 28, 1936 ― Oct. 14, 2016
 
Peggy J. Borders (nee Stone), 80, a resident of Rio Rancho, New Mexico since 1994, passed away on October 14, 2016 due to natural causes.
 
Peggy was born August 28, 1936 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Chrisman V. Stone and Dorothy A. Stone of Pueblo, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Growing up in Pueblo, Peggy became a graduate of Central High School in 1955. Having lived in Pueblo, Colorado, Santa Barbara, California and Wichita, Kansas prior to coming to Los Alamos, Peggy worked for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory from about 1965 until 1983 in various groups at the Laboratory, e.g., W-7, CMB-1, CNC-11 as a Chemist Technician.
 
While in Los Alamos she was involved with such organizations as the Los Alamos Little Theater, the Los Alamos Geologic Society and was on the board for Sombrillo Nursing Facility. Her artistic interests were many which included portrait oil painting wherein she studied under southwestern artist, Ramon Rice.
 
As an accomplished portrait artist in her own right, she was commissioned to paint portraits by people interested in her talent as far away as the Middle East and Austria. She also had interests in designing silver and turquoise jewelry and tailor making clothes.
 
Late in life, she was a citizen-scientist, monitoring live webcams of the grizzly bears at Katmai National Park, Alaska; bald eagles at Decorah, Iowa; and other bear and bird sites. She would report animal observations so park naturalists and rangers could catalog and study unusual behavior.
 
Peggy leaves behind her two adult children, Walter T. Borders (wife, Jennifer), of Arden, DE and D. Lynn Lemler of Los Alamos, NM. She also leaves behind one sister and one brother, Christina Anne Lesser (husband, Fran) of Colorado Springs, CO, Robert Stone (wife, Connie) of Billings, MT, three grandchildren, Nathaniel and Harrison Borders of Arden, DE and Sioux Lemler of Albuquerque, NM.
 
A funeral service will take place in Los Alamos at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 11 a.m., this Saturday, October 22, 2016. After the service a reception will take place in Kelley Hall. Interment will follow the reception at Guaje Pines Cemetery at 2:00pm.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Superintendant, Katmai National Park and Preserve, PO Box 7, King Salmon, AK 99613
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