Peggy J. Yattaw
Owls Head — Peggy J. Yattaw, 57, died peacefully at home following a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Born in Atmore, Ala., Oct. 18, 1954, she was the daughter of Roy and Earnestine Lyons James. She was educated in Alabama and was a 1972 graduate of Escambia County High School.
For many years, Peggy resided in Connecticut where she was employed for the Connecticut State Motor Vehicle Dept. On Oct. 11, 1989 she married Alvin Yattaw in East Hartford, Conn.. Together they resided there until 1993 before moving to Maine.
While in Maine, Peggy worked as a baker at Dave’s Restaurant. Her family remembered, that although at first she wasn’t a particularly good cook, she loved her job as a baker and excelled at it. Peggy’s loving and caring nature led her to her calling as caregiver. She took great joy and pride in the many years she spent caring for patients with the ASK Agency as well as caring for her husband’s father during his illness. Her husband remembered the poem “Footprints in the Sand” gave her great comfort during many difficult times in her life.
Peggy loved joking around, and playing tricks on people was one of her favorite pastimes. She had an extensive collection of unicorns as well as Sponge Bob paraphernalia that people had given her and she could always be found with a box of her favorite snack food, Cracker Jacks.
Peggy was an expert in Tae-Kwon-Do and had worked her way up to a Black Belt.
Predeceased by her parents, and three brothers-in-law, Walter Yattaw, Lewis "Rusty" Yattaw and William Batty Sr.; Peggy is survived by, her husband, Al Yattaw of Owls Head, three daughters, Tracey Taylor of Atmore, Ala., Yvette Raymond and her husband Danny of Portland, Conn., Yvonne Yattaw of East Hartford, Conn.; one son, Andres Perez James of Schenectady, N.Y.; nine sisters, Annie Marie Salter, Mary Lou White, Debra Sharp and her husband Alfred, Priscilla Harris and her husband Willy, Judy Crenshaw, all of Atmore, Ala., Bonnie Striveson of Mobile, Ala., Hazel Anthony and her husband John of Birmingham, Ala., Barbara Deese and Shirley Jones and her husband Walter of Albany, N.Y.; one brother, Thomas Montgomery of Atmore, Ala.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Joanne Yattaw of Owls Head, Karen Yattaw and Sister MaryLou Batty of Spruce Head, one brother-in-law Will and his wife Evelyn of Belfast along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special thanks to Peggy’s ‘girls gone wild’, Donna, Kerry, Monica, and Michelle.
At Peggy’s request, no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Peggy’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at bchfh.com.