Age 73, of Monroeville, PA, passed from this life and entered the Church Triumphant on June 29, 2021. Peggy was born June 3, 1948. She was the daughter of the late Robert J. Britton and Shirley M. Britton of Falls Creek, PA. Peggy was married for 51 years to her high school sweetheart, C. Thomas “Tom” Burkett. In addition to her husband she is survived by her two daughters, Elizabeth Burkett and Susan Burkett. She also is survived by her sister Barbara (Howard) Pollitt, brother Robert Britton (Debbie McKinney), sister Nancy Britton, sister-in-law Debbie Britton, aunt Eleanor Hepler, aunt Jessie Chittester, aunt Joyce Britton, and uncle Ben Huffman. She loved her nieces and nephews, Kevin (Janet) Pollitt, Brian (Kayla) Pollitt, Diana (Brad) Owens, Laura (Travis) Victor, Katie (Mark) Koehler, Jody (Dana) Britton, Clay (Jen) Britton, Greg (Jessica) Jeffries, and Kristy (JJ) Ortega, many great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. She was a forty-eight year member of the Monroeville United Methodist “MUM” Church. Peggy graduated as salutatorian of the Brockway Area High School in 1966, received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Clarion State University in 1969, and earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University in 1973, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA while raising her newborn daughter. After working briefly in public education, Peggy was primarily a homemaker who taught piano lessons and did substitute teaching. Once her daughters were raised, Peggy worked as a consultant for the United Methodist Publishing House and was employed at MUM Church as the Director of Christian Education for eleven years. Peggy was passionate about bringing children, teenagers and their families to Christ. She was an active volunteer at church (particularly Sunday School, Senior Saturdays senior citizen luncheons, MUM Preschool, and the Lydia Circle women’s group) and in the community (Gateway Band Boosters and the Junior Women’s Club of Monroeville). Peggy loved to travel; her favorite vacation spots were Alaska, Hawaii, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach. Peggy was gifted at showing hospitality, both by hosting parties at her home and by greeting clients at her daughters’ law firm. She made a special priority to send greeting cards (usually decorated with stickers) to encourage others. Peggy was an excellent cook; her nieces and nephews and her daughters’ childhood friends remember fondly her chocolate chip pancakes and her sugar cookies! Her infectious joy, loving nature, and radiant smile will not be forgotten. Throughout her four year battle with ovarian cancer, Peggy displayed courage and gratitude, and found reasons to celebrate even the most mundane activities. She sought and found God’s blessings even in the midst of her prolonged illness. Family and friends will be received Friday, July 2, 2021 from 12 noon-5 p.m. at the JOBE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, INC. (MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL) 445 Beatty Road, Monroeville (412-856-4747). As a courtesy to the family, masks will be required. A committal service will be led by Pastor David J. Quel on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at the chapel at Beechwoods Cemetery, 252 Cemetery Rd., Falls Creek, PA 15840. (Those planning to attend the committal, please meet at the cemetery chapel.) A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Monroeville United Methodist Church with Rev. Edward Schoeneck officiating. If you wish to honor Peggy, do as she did: trust God, love extravagantly, spread joy, share a smile, celebrate ordinary moments, hug your loved ones, and encourage someone else. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. www.jobefuneralhome.com
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