Sept. 23, 1924 - Aug. 26, 2011
Margaret Aileen Hoyt (Peggy), of Walla Walla, passed away on Aug. 26, 2011, at the age of 86. She was born in Bend, Ore., on Sept. 23,
1924, to parents Norman W. Boles and Inez (Penn) Boles. As a child, she loved to swim in the Deschutes River and hike in the mountains near Bend with her sisters and friends. She attended college at Oregon State University, graduated in 1947 in home economics and taught high school for 20 years in Oregon, California and later in Walla Walla, where she met her husband, Ken Hoyt, a retired civil engineer and master woodworker. Ken passed away in 2008.
In 1962, during her teaching years, Peggy took a sabbatical and traveled through Europe, spending several months in Norway to learn to weave. In 1977, she went to Finland to learn to weave on a drawloom and purchased a Glimakra loom. When she received her grandmother's coverlet from her older sister, a desire to learn about the history of coverlets led her to expand her knowledge and write, "The Story of Coverlets." Her weavings have been displayed at various shows over the years and most recently at the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, which included her grandmothers coverlet.
Peggy conceived the idea of the Textile Center at the Kirkman House Museum, funded the majority of the renovations for the Weavers Cottage and donated her one-of-a-kind equipment including the Glimakra loom, furniture pieces and an extensive library. Her beautiful weavings and written works will continue to inspire weavers in the region and beyond.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Peggy is survived by her niece, Zoe McGough of Las Vegas; Nevada,
brother-in-law, Donald Peters; and nephews, Alan and David Peters of Westerville, Ohio.