Peggy Counts, 81, of Portsmouth, died on April 16, 2012, in Springboro, Ohio, of natural causes. Born Margaret Ann Crowe on Oct. 16, 1930, in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was the youngest child of James Martin Crowe and Margaret Rose Lordier. Her siblings were Mary Crowe, Marcella Hall, Clara Stebick, Bernard Crowe, James Crowe, Richard Crowe, Alberta Crowe, and Eileen Mills. She was married to Bernard Vaughn Counts from 1949 to 1972 and had eight children. She was an employee of SOMC for 30 years, retiring from the Volunteer Dept. in 1999. She was known for her beautiful smile, cheerful attitude, and unsinkable sense of humor.

Peggy was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her children, Sharon Tubb, Rick & Charlene Counts, Lynn Counts, Dr. Gail Counts, Cathy Strickland & Brian Gahm, David & Michell Counts, and Dr. Holly Counts & Shana Van Hoose; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by Bernard Counts, longtime partner Paul Blaine, son, Bernard Counts Jr., her parents, her son-in-law Dr. Robert Tubb, and all of her siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bernard Counts Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Scioto Foundation, 303 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or Sierra’s Haven Animal Shelter, 80 Easter Drive, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

DONATIONS GIVEN IN PEGGY'S MEMORY FROM THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE LISTED BELOW:
ANN & KEVIN SMEDLEY
BARBARA BURKE
BILLIE SHERMAN
BRENDA & THOMAS KALLNER
CARL WORTHINGTON
CATHY STRICKLAND
CHERYL COOKE
CHRIS HARTSTEIN
CONNIE WEAVER
DANA MOORE
DAVE COUNTS
DEE KELLER
DEL VASTINE
DONNIE & LORI SHOPE
DORIS MCCAIN
DR. GAIL COUNTS
DR. ANGIE SHERMAN
EUGENE & JANET GAHM
GAYLENE  & DAVID COX
JACI ROSE
JEFF & LINDA COTTLE
JENNIFER, RYAN & KEATON KELLY
JOEL, DIANE & SCARLET BARINGER
JOHN & NANCY GROHOL
KEN RASE
LAURA & LARRY CALVER
LINDA BURGER
MRS. PEGGY SCOTT
PAULA & JEFF NICKELL
PAULETTE SCOTT
ROGER & SUSAN RIGGS “EMILY” & “COHLEY”
SANDRA WELTON
TABITHA BARNOWSKY
THE ROMANELLO FAMILY - BEV, GREG, JOE & JILL
VICCI FELTS