Peggy Jean Day Tallman

Tallman, Peggy

Peggy Jean Day Tallman, 79, of Harrisonville, Missouri, passed peacefully at KU Med Center on Monday, August 4, 2014.  She is survived by her partner Gene Hon, daughter Terry (Jim) Thoelke, son Russ (Tiffany) Simmons, granddaughters Tressa Lee, Jamie (John) Hay, and January Thoelke, grandson Trevor Thoelke, Gene’s sons Mark, Mike, and Bruce Hon, sisters Goldie Cunningham and Joy (Joe) Crook, brother Harold Dean Day, and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Marie and Anna Maye, and brothers Bobbie, Aubrey, and Charlie.

Peggy was born March 30, 1935, to Melvin and Edna (Lancaster) Day in Austin, Missouri.  She was a gifted basketball player and sang in the choir at Archie High School. She married William Price Simmons, Jr. in 1953, and lived in Bonner Springs, Kansas for many years.  She has been a resident of Harrisonville for the last 17 years.  Peggy was a talented artist, designer, decorator, and doting grandmother who loved attending her grandchildrens’ activities, as well as playing dominoes and cards with her friends and family. She will be dearly missed.  
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, August 9 at Austin Baptist Church, 33700 S. Bates Street, Austin, MO 64725. Peggy’s ashes will be interred at Austin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Austin Cemetery Fund, or the American Heart Association.


  1. Virginia Young on August 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Terry and Russ, so sorry to hear about your Mother. We had many good times with her and your Dad over the years. Remember the Kaw Valley riders? Ginger Young, mother of Connie, Terry, Vickie and Clint Waitley.

  2. Cindi Rogers on August 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Russ- Thinking of you and your family during this time. Keeping you, Tiffany and your entire family in my prayers.

  3. Cindy Crook on August 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Aunt Peggy will be deeply missed. Although you know how happy she must be to be reunited with all her loved ones in heaven. She will be up there smiling down on all of you and waiting with open arms and a smile when its your time to be reunited with her. She was a beautiful woman with a wonderful laugh that was contagios.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you.

  4. Jeffrey Sullivan on August 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss Russ – I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  5. Rita Janesko on August 6, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Peggy, what a lady she was, so full of life and laughter. I played racquetball with Peggy we were on a traveling league together. although Peggy was 10 years older then I was she was the top, the goal the one to beat. she took victory and the few defeats with grace. just like her life I am sure……….Every time I think of her I smile. Terry and Russ you and your families you are in my prayers.

  6. Carolyn Finley on August 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Hardly know where to begin – Peggy was my dearest friend, almost sister, confidante. We shared many activites, friends, laughs, sorrows, etc. While time, distance and life caused some separation, we reconnected a few years ago, and caught up on lost times. She will live on in my heart and memory, and will be sorely missed. Terry and Russ, she was so very proud of you and your accomplishments, and of her grandchildren. Love you all.

  7. John Jobe on August 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Terry and Russ so sorry about the loss of your mother. I met your mother when she was married to Bill. I met your mother through Bill and Carolyn Finley. Have lots of fond memories of all of you. Your mother was a friendly and caring women and it was a pleasure to have known her and the family.

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