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August 07, 2012 9:33 am

Peggy Marie Mangus Tarr

(Feb. 10, 1956 - July 31, 2012)

Peggy Marie Mangus Tarr died Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  She was 56.

She was born Feb. 10, 1956 to Charles Wayne and Donna Mangus in Powell. She graduated from Cody High School in 1974 and for a few years let her young and free heart run wild. In 1981 she married Stacey Tarr and from this union came four wonderful boys that she cherished: Matthew Dawson, Chance Michael, Justin Wacey and Cody Dalton. 

She spent a short time away from Wyoming, but as her children aged she made the decision to return to her home town of Cody. For the past 12 years, she was able to raise her children in the town she loved surrounded by the people she cared for most, her friends and family.

The three most important things in Peggy’s life were her family, her church and her students. She worked as a para-educator for the past 10 years at Cody Middle School and touched the lives of many students. She cherished her time with each and every one of her kids, for just as she may have touched their lives they had an unfathomable effect on her life as well. As Peggy’s children aged and left, her students gave her a purpose and a happiness that words cannot explain.

When Peggy was not at work or spending time with her students, she was very active in the Cody Assembly of God Church.  She made friends, expanded her family, and found fellowship in so many throughout her years at the church. The church also gave her the opportunity to use her music skills to worship the God she loved so much. It is because of her faith that Peggy was able to touch as many people as she did.

Beyond her students and her church family,  Peggy was the anchor in the lives of her four children, many of their friends, and any other person who needed a helping hand. Her door was always open, her shoulder always soft, and her words full of wisdom. She was “Momma Tarr” to many and could not have been more proud of her always expanding family.

Peggy was preceded in death by her father Charles Wayne Mangus, mother Donna Mae Mangus and granddaughter Penny Mae Tarr.

She is survived by her four children Matthew (Stacie Winter), Chance (Courtney), Justin, and Cody; grandson Bransyn Wayne Tarr; sisters Pam Tresler (Lee) and Suzi Hamilton (Rob); brother Thomas Mangus; nieces Jana Treglown (Matt), Jennifer Tinker (Ryan), and Jessica Claycomb. Nephews Kip Claycomb and  Jeremy Tresler; and great nephew Oliver Matthew Treglown.

A celebration of life occurred on Aug. 6 at the Cody auditorium.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 152 Cody, WY or the charity of your choice in her honor.  An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com.

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