Peggy L. Eldredge, 70

Registered nurse

November 04, 2007

Peggy Lee Eldredge, a retired registered nurse, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at her Monkton residence. She was 70.

Born Peggy Lee Schoepflin in Baltimore, she attended the old Eastern High School and in 1957 graduated from Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing.

She went to work as a nurse for the Salvation Army's Camp Puh'Tok in Monkton, where her first patient was Robert W. Eldredge, who had been thrown from a mule, the family recalled. The couple married Oct. 5, 1958.

In the mid-1960s, Mrs. Eldredge began working at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she served in several departments, including the emergency room and the recovery room.

She later worked for the American Red Cross bloodmobile.

After about three decades in nursing, Mrs. Eldredge retired, the family said.

Mrs. Eldredge was a member of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and the Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.

She also volunteered in fundraising efforts for local churches and charitable organizations, including Camp Puh'Tok.

She enjoyed traveling and had been to Asia, the Caribbean and Europe.

The Eldredges enjoyed taking youth groups canoeing in northern Maine and Canada.

Family members said Mrs. Eldredge fondly recalled a trip in 1976, when she bought a used school bus and took 19 teen-agers -- including her two daughters and their friends -- on a three-week tour of the Southwest.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kim L. Wight of Sparks and Wendy A. Pace of Monkton; a brother, F. Lee Schoepflin of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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