Margaret Elizabeth (Logsdon) Putman
Margaret E. “Peggy” Putman passed away peacefully July 14, 2021 with her family by her side. Margaret was born May 7, 1930 to Raymond W. & Freda D. (Synder) Logsdon in Tecumseh, Nebraska, the second of six children. Margaret went on to live in the cities of Lincoln, NE; Okemos, MI; Alexandria, VA; Waco, TX; Palm Harbor, FL and Daytona Beach, FL.
Peggy graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1947 and on August 29, 1948 in Tecumseh, NE she married the love of her life John W. Putman. Together they raised three sons John W. “Bill” Putman, Jr.; Jeffrey E. “Jeff” Putman and Daniel L. “Dan” Putman. They loved the countless sporting events through the years that their boys played and competed in. Nebraska football Saturdays with good friends and family were like major holidays throughout the house. Winning a college National, high school State and little league football championships all during one fall. They shared and enjoyed gardening, house projects, cooking and entertaining. They traveled together constantly for fun, work or both, sharing their love for acquiring unique art and antiques from all over the world.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, mother in-law, sister, Aunt Peg, and friend to so many, she was always there with her love and support. Her capacity to listen made her such an integral part of so many people’s lives. Moving and living in different communities it was uncanny how quickly she developed new and lifelong friendships.
Peggy was accomplished in so many areas. Her devotion and sacrifice for her family. Her incredible capacity to do for others and her true gift as an interior designer.
As Peggy and John raised their three boys somewhere during this stretch of time she became “Peggy Putman”. Not Margaret or Peg but “Peggy Putman” who everyone knew, respected and wanted “Peggy Putman” as their friend. She was everywhere, involved in everything and usually was the one who planned, organized and ran the event or gathering. Her ability to coordinate the schedules of three boys, volunteer at school, host countless dinner parties, special occasions and family gatherings is legendary. Can you imagine washing multiple sets of football practice and game gear for 12 years in a row! During it all she repeatedly would go without for herself to the benefit of her family.
Peggy’s time, energy and leadership was given to so many through the various organizations and groups that she volunteered in. Athletic booster clubs, team dinners, bridge groups, lunch bunch, the local hospital gift store, Hospice, Symphony Guild and the Presbyterian Church. Her love for needle point and crocheting would evolve into joint efforts to donate blankets, sweaters and her specialty scarves and shawls. But her biggest lifelong commitment was to PEO. Peggy was initiated in 1951 at the age of 21 to the Tecumseh, NE PEO chapter. In May of 2021 right after her 91st birthday she was honored at the Florida PEO state convention for her 70th anniversary of service to PEO. She was the PEO President of the local New Smyrna, FL chapter serving from 2003-2005. Peggy was a great planner and organizer and others had confidence in her ability to serve which made her a true leader in everything she did.
Peggy’s other passion and love was as an interior designer. Her ability to see space, colors and dimensions was unique and truly a gift. She could work with combinations of furniture, paintings, decorative fixtures and flowers in ways that amazed anyone who saw it. Her style was without limits and with lots of flare. To those who were lucky enough to enjoy it, were amazed at the detail that went into each room, table, vase and wall.
A special thank you to James and Christy Richard and their staff at the Selah “Beach House” ALF for their compassion, care and friendship for Margaret and her family.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband John W. Putman and their oldest son John W. Putman, Jr. and his wife Nancy, brothers Robert E. “Bob” Logsdon and (Delores), John Logsdon and (Roseann), sisters Kathryn “Kathy” Delong and (Wayne) (Martin) and Mildred “Sue” Boeve and (Russell).
Surviving are sons Jeffrey E. “Jeff” Putman and wife Susan “Susie” and their son John W. “Jake” Putman of Norwich, CT; Daniel L. “Dan” Putman and wife Elizabeth “Buffy” Putman of Okemos, MI and their daughter, Jessica P. Wahl and her husband Peter T. Wahl and their children Greta E. Wahl and Thomas P. Wahl of Minneapolis, MN and their son Nicholas C. “Nick” Putman of Virgin Gorda, BVI; grandson Nathan W. Putman and Deana Freeman of La Mesa, CA and youngest sister and best friend Patricia “Pat” Miller and her husband Ray Miller of Colleyville, TX.
Graveside Memorial Service and inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Tecumseh Cemetery, Tecumseh, Nebraska. Celebration of life to follow.
As a tribute to Margaret “Peggy” Putman please pay it forward to an organization of your choice with your resources, time or both. She will be there in spirit to greet, lead, and support you every step of the way.
Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
Services are entrusted to Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh, Nebraska.