Peggy Hockman, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023 at her home near Adair, Oklahoma, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of eighty-nine. She was born Peggy Mae Johnson on November 1, 1933 to Joseph and Opal (Richards) Johnson at their home near Kenwood, Oklahoma. She was a 1952 graduate of Strang High School, and lived most of her life near Strang, Oklahoma.
In 1956, she married William (Bill) Hockman in Chicago, Illinois. Peggy‘s family had moved from Oklahoma to Chicago in 1954, where she had become employed with Western Electric. It was there that she was noticed by a young window-washer for the building in which she worked, who asked her for a date. They married on November 20, 1956, which happened to be the 30th wedding anniversary of Peggy‘s parents. As a young woman, Peggy gave her heart to the Lord, and was baptized in the icy, freezing January waters of Spavinaw Creek.
While still living in Chicago, Peggy gave birth to their first child, a son. After Peggy and her husband permanently moved back to Strang, their second child, a daughter, was born. Peggy was known to be an excellent homemaker and cook, and was employed as a cook for the Strang and Adair Public Schools for nine years.
In 1982, her husband, Bill, preceded her in death. In 1988, she began employment at the Transmission Headquarters of the Grand River Dam Authority near Pryor, Oklahoma. She retired in 1995, after seven years of service. In 2016, she moved from Strang to Adair, Oklahoma to be near her daughter.
Peggy loved to watch golf on television. She also competed in a bowling league for many years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bird-watching, antiquing, crossword puzzles and, most of all, her children and grandchildren. She and her sister, June, loved to attend gospel singings together. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Strang.
Peggy is survived by her son, William (Bill) Hockman, Jr. and wife, Tami, of Vinita; daughter, Lori Webb and husband, Tim, of Adair; five grandchildren: Michael Hockman of Pensacola; Erin Hockman of Pensacola; Heidi Treibt and husband, Chris, of Claremore; Amy Armbrister and husband, Justin, of Strang; Rachel Willcut and husband, Kyle, of Claremore; four great-grandchildren: Elliana Armbrister; twins Cooper and Cannon Treibt; and Aubrey Hockman; a sister, June Schilt, of Strang; a brother, Billy Johnson, of Broken Arrow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; her sister, Joyce Gilpin; and two brothers: Wallace Dean Johnson and Joseph (J.C.) Johnson.
Services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Strang, Oklahoma, with Bro. Dallas Martin officiating. Interment will follow at the Spavinaw-Strang Cemetery, Spavinaw, Oklahoma. Family visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Hockman, Chris Treibt, Justin Armbrister, Kyle Willcut, Jerry Johnson, Wayne Schilt, Tommy Gilpin and Darren Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Ball, Larry Brandon, Allen Haugness and Sam Richardson.