Peggy Lou Compton, 67, Social Security worker

July 13, 2004

Peggy Lou Compton, a retired Social Security Administration employee and avid traveler, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis --Lou Gehrig's disease -- at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 67.

Born in Parkersburg, W.Va., the former Peggy Lou Barringer was raised in Akron, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1954.

She married Gary Compton in 1959, and they moved to the Baltimore area in 1967. They lived in Ellicott City for 15 years. The marriage ended in divorce.

After many years as a homemaker, Ms. Compton worked as a sales clerk and phone operator for JC Penney at Security Square Mall, and for 21 years as a benefits authorizer at Social Security before retiring in 2002.

For the past 15 years, Ms. Compton lived in Fulton with her companion, James Simms. He is the pilot and owner of two airplanes, and Ms. Compton the main passenger on travels to all 48 mainland states.

Their travels also included Europe, Egypt and Asia.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her companion, survivors include three sons, Steven Compton of Arlington, Va., David Compton of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and Ron Compton of Baltimore; and three sisters, Betty Nigh of Stow, Ohio, Nancy Campbell of Massillon, Ohio and Mary Smith of Munroe Falls, Ohio.

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