Margaret “Peg” Jones

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
obitNov. 20, 1930- March 17, 2018
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio, Margaret (known as Peg) Jones passed away in the early morning hours of St. Patrick’s Day following a head injury several days before.  She attended Ohio State University for Occupational Therapy and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education at Arizona State University.  She was a long-term school teacher at Desert View Elementary and other Washington District schools in the Phoenix area.
She was the mother of four children, Meridith Metzger of Coronado, California; Paul (Tad) Cocanour of Granbury, Texas; Doug Cocanour of Peoria, Arizona;  and Scot Cocanour of Woodinville, Washington, and was formerly married to Norm Cocanour of Scottsdale, Arizona.  Peg later married Jim Powell and following their divorce returned to her maiden name later in life.
Peg often spoke of living through the Great Depression and World War II and of her parents, Meredith Jones and Hilda Lamb Jones, who were able to provide for the family, as well as for extended family members and friends.  Those experiences contributed to her life-long practice of saving useful items, recycling, and gardening for producing fruit and vegetables, as well as a wide variety of plants and flowers. She was an expert in embroidery and needle work and produced heirloom gifts for her family and friends throughout the years.  She was skilled in a wide variety of handicrafts like paper making, greeting cards, and handmade bookmarks with humorous messages.
Raised in the Methodist Church in Ohio, she and her former husband Norm were long-time members of Faith United Methodist in Phoenix in the 60s and 70s.  She later moved to Seattle and over the past 30 years resided in several towns in Washington state including Woodinville, Eastsound, Orcas Island; Bothell, and Bellevue.
She will be happily remembered by her children and grandchildren for her love of reading, which she instilled in them, the countless number of children she taught to read in public school, her ever-curious pursuit of knowledge, her reverence of the outdoors, nature, and the seashore.  Peg was also a nudist in her 50s and 60s, a pursuit that provided plenty of family discussion and hilarity. She loved stage acting and performed in college productions and in amateur theatre at her Bellevue senior residential community, Silver Glen, where she lived until her death.  Peg had a boisterous, quirky sense of humor that made her ever-changing and entertaining.  She leaves behind her children, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

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