Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Margaret Miller

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Miller, age 87, of Quincy, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 12:42 pm, in her home.

Margaret was born March 26, 1931 in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of William T. and Bess R. Rufner Williams. She married Richard W. Miller on May 7, 1949 in Greenup, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 3, 1978.

Peggy was a 1948 graduate of Casey Township High School in Casey, Illinois. After her marriage to Richard, they moved to Springfield where she was employed by the State of Illinois. Peggy and Richard lived briefly in Louisville, Kentucky then spent seven years in Memphis, Tennessee and later Northbrook, Illinois. In 1967, they settled in Quincy and Peggy worked at home as well as spending five years employed at Greenmount Cemetery and finally was an associate at the JC Penney store for over ten years, until her retirement.

Peggy thoroughly enjoyed her Penney’s coffee group on Tuesday’s. She loved to read and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, listening to games on the radio at every opportunity.

Peggy was devoted to her family and made her home the gathering place for family and friends. She always took an active interest in the lives and activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four children, Jim (Mary) Miller of Crystal Lake, IL, Scott (Sue) Miller of Springfield, IL, Jan (Kirk) Frageman of Quincy, and Beth (Scott) Kniel of Quincy; eight grandchildren, Tim (Kaye Byers) Miller, Keith (Kylie) Miller, Danny (Maddy Chudik) Miller, Angela (Brian) Smith, Scott (Marissa) Miller, Jr., Lori (Steve Deverger) Tunget, Lucas (Angie) Frageman, and Eric Kniel; nine great-grandchildren, Blake, Logan, Garrett, Micah, Ben, Luke, Everly, Oliver and Ellie.

In addition to her husband, Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Charles and Kenneth Williams, and a sister, Elizabeth Johnson.

Visitation: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Hansen-Spear Funeral Home in Quincy.

Inurnment: A private graveside service will be held in Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.

Memorials: Transitions Foundation, Quincy Public Schools Foundation, or Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL)


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


  1. What a special lady Peggy was. I grew up across the street from the Miller family. She was always up beat and put up with my questionable decisions in the neighborhood. Jim, Scott, Jan and Beth your mom was truly special!!

  2. Miller family our deepest sympathies in the passing of your mom, Peggy. We will always cherish the few months we spent in Quincy and the opportunity to spend time with Peggy. The couple of times Peggy and I met for lunch were priceless, her sense of humor is something I will always remember.

  3. Jan, Our sympathy goes out to you and your extended family. It’s good to know she went peacefully. Keep the best memories close to your hearts and minds. may she RIP.

  4. Scott, Sue We are sorry to hear about your mother. We met her a few times in Springfield, a great lady. Our thoughts are with your family.

  5. Our deepest sympathy to our cousins, the Miller family. You were so fortunate to have her. Such a sweet lovely woman. Rest in Peace Aunt Peg.

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