Margaret Ann “Peggy” Buchan
Jul 11, 1924 – Nov 17, 2017
Preceded in death by husband, James A. Buchan; son, Michael Buchan; daughter, Kathleen Snyder; grandson, Jimmy Tamisiea; granddaughters, Molly Snyder and Jennifer Griesemer; sister, Rosemary Dunn; parents, John and Ann Walsh.
Survived by children and spouses: Ann Etienne (Larry), Patrick Buchan (Bobi), Timothy Buchan (Karen), Jacque Casey (Richard), Rosemary Schultz (Steven); 39 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Nov. 21st from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 10:30am at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th St. Memorials are suggested to Siena/Francis House.
Margaret Ann Walsh was born in the Roaring Twenties to Jack and Ann Walsh in Sioux City, Iowa. In grade school the nuns called her Peg Leg because of her many bumps and bruises, thus the nickname Peggy. She was happiest climbing trees and playing sports with the boys. Her energy was boundless, she was everything from a tomboy to a prom queen.
After her high school graduation, Peggy moved to New York to pursue a nursing degree. While World War II raged on, a young Scotsman in the British Royal Navy was stranded in the Atlantic after his ship was sunk by a German U-boat; his name was James Buchan. He was rescued by the American Navy and brought to Bellevue Hospital in New York. There he was nursed back to health by a young, wily Irish American nursing student; her name was Peggy Walsh. They fell in love, a beautiful World War II love story. He stayed in New York and worked in the British Consulate until he was called back to duty. Jim and Peggy received permission from the British and American Consulate to marry. She was granted passage on a British Warship to England and spent the next three years living in Scotland with Jim’s family. Needless to say, she made her presence known in the little village of Longside, Scotland.
After the war Peggy and Jim left Scotland and arrived in Sioux City, Iowa. Jim’s work took the family to Rapid City, then to Escanaba, Michigan, and eventually they settled in Omaha. Their lives were busy raising 7 children. They lived a full wonderful life until Jim died at a young age in 1978.
Peggy relied on her strong Irish Catholic faith to continue on. She worked many years as a labor and delivery nurse at Immanuel Hospital. She revolutionized prenatal care when she opened “Ladies in Wading,” which was water aerobics for moms to be and for high risk pregnancies. She was ahead of her time. She LOVED babies and their mommies. It was not unusual for her to have had multiple generations in her classes. She was also a pioneer in bringing Natural Childbirth to Omaha.
Peggy loved the outdoors and was an active member of the Omaha Ski Club. She went to clown school and received her clown certificate for the pure joy of making others smile. She loved to ice skate (her family always gave her a 10). She took great pleasure in driving her red convertible with her huge, Great White Pyrenees dog, Scout, as her co-pilot. Those who knew her well knew that she definitely believed in “create a space” for parking! She could dance the night away, loved movies, and there was no such thing as being tired.
This little 93-year-old mom of ours has left a huge, strong, loud, loving, fun, proud legacy of seven children, thirty-nine grandchildren, and forty-two great grandchildren. She will live and shine in our hearts until we meet again.