CALCIUM, NY –– Margaret “Peggy” Joan Backus Walts, 86, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, 2019, at Lewis County Residential Healthcare, Lowville, NY.
Peggy was born Sept. 22, 1932, the sixth child of Harold and Hazel (LaRock) Backus. She grew up and lived on the family farm in Evans Mills through the 1940s.
She married Aubrey Guy Walts on Nov. 4, 1950.
Aubrey and Peggy went on to raise ten children, “whew”, eight boys and two girls. Though her house was small and full of kids her door was always open, and just about anyone was welcome to come in and stay if they needed to.
Peggy, “Mrs. Walts”, was a stay at home Mom and strict disciplinarian who taught her kids, the many kids she babysat over the years, and countless teenagers and young adults alike, what the word respect is all about. She never had to explain the word to anyone, but anyone who’s ever been in her presence, gave her lots of it. The funny little thing about it, is that everyone is richer for it.
Aubrey and Peggy’s lives together were primarily dedicated to their family until Aubrey’s untimely death in 1987. Beyond the open house policy, Peggy will be remembered for the countless holiday dinners where she prepared everything from scratch, she also enjoyed knitting, creating hundreds of garments over the years including hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens and socks.
Peggy is survived by nine children, Alan B. Walts, Watertown, NY, Gary C. Walts and partner, Barbara Hyneman, Chaumont, NY, Melvin Walts, Dallas, TX, Ronald Walts, Calcium, NY, Carol Myers, Alexandria, VA, Dale Walts and wife, Cheryl, Syracuse, NY, Susan Auletta and husband, Frank, Tucson, AZ, Mark Walts and partner, Rhonda Smith, Winter Haven, FL, Bruce Walts and wife, Judith, Pelham, AL, and a daughter-in-law, Catherine Walts, Dexter, NY; 19 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents, her husband, a son, Thomas Walts, five siblings, Gerald Backus, Mary Hotis, Audrey Mitchell, Louis Backus and Harold Backus all died previously.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, with Rev. Steven Murray of Holy Family Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Evans Mills, NY, in the spring.
Calling hours will be 10 am to 12 pm, prior to the service.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County @ Ellis Farm, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.
Condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.