Jean Peyton Vargas

June 30, 1931 - August 6, 2017

06/30/1931 - 08/06/2017

Jean Peyton Vargas, 86, died at her home in Bridgeport, OH on Sunday August 6, 2017.
She was born June 30, 1931 the daughter of the late Edward Lee and Margaret McDaniel Peyton.
Jean worked at St. Joseph’s School cafeteria for many years until it closed and she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bridgeport.
In addition to her parents Jean was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years Louis J. Vargas, a sister Loretta Ludwig, brothers Edward, William and Henry Peyton and brothers-in-law Walter Ludwig and Andrew Miscencik.
She is survived by her children, Ricky, Ronald and Tammie all of Bridgeport. Also surviving are her sisters Mary Virginia (William) Meyers, Martins Ferry, OH, Jane Misencik, who was her twin sister, Champagne, IL and Betty Peyton, Adena, OH and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Jean had several names given to her throughout her hard working life, one of which is “THE SKATING LADY” as she taught many kids in the valley how to roller skate and skated right along with them at St. Joseph’s Roller Skating Rink in Wolfhurst (Bridgeport) which she voluntarily ran for over 40 years and loved every minute of it.
Her love of volunteering didn’t stop there; another name she was given was “THE LADY DRUMMER” because Jean and a few of her talented friends started a group called THE HEARTLAND DIXIES who went around nursing homes and hospitals playing “oldies”music for patients.
Jean had yet another name “JACK OF ALL TRADES” as she had hidden talents, she could build a rock wall in the back yard or carry bricks one at a time to build a driveway then go right in the house to cook and bake beyond belief.
But the greatest name she loved the most was “NUNNY” that was given to her by her only grandson, Austin Watkins who was her sidekick and the absolute love of her life.
After all of her loves above she still had a little more to give her 4 legged friends whom she loved and they gave her such love back as they were either rescued or dropped off.
In keeping with the family’s request the will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s honor to The Bridgeport High School or several animal rescue leagues in the Ohio Valley by going to “TMCFfunding”.
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home and Crematory, St. Clairsville in charge of arrangements.
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Ed Helal
6 years ago

For the Vargas and Peyton Family: Jean worked for my dad (Mitchell’s Food Market) for many years. Dad always said she was his right hand woman! She would do everything that needed to be done without being asked. God Bless Jeanie!

Toni J Huntsman
6 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a very nice woman. I remember as a kid she was always at the rink along with my dad.

Toni J Huntsman
6 years ago

For the Family of Jean Vargas,

Steffie,Jeff Jennette and R.J. & Mike Picetti
6 years ago

Tammie, Our Hearts as sadden of your Mother’s passing. She was AWESOME ,BEAUTIFUL, LOVING LADY who will be greatly missed. She Filled so so many kids hearts with her love her attention. Our love and prayers are with you and your family..

Bill Doleski NJ
6 years ago

Rick, Ron and Tammie,
Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Just thinking of her made me smile.
Heaven just got a little better. God Bless

Jodi Bodnar
6 years ago

Tammy , I am so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie Oberle-Dvorak
6 years ago

Tammie. Prayers to you & your family. Your mom was so special. I always thought highly of her. She made me several homemade gifts over the years. Such a kind & giving woman.

Bill and Penny Harris
6 years ago

I can remember the times at the skating rink when I was young and when my girls went there. She always made sure the little ones never got hurt. She was a great person and always thought of others first. She will be missed

Beth Selmon Davis
6 years ago

Ricky, Ron, & Tammie: I am so sorry for your loss. My fondest memories of your mom was of course the skating rink on Friday nights. The worst memory was when she’d blow that whistle & make me get off the floor. Keep those precious memories of her close to your hearts. Again, my deepest sympathy to you all.

Pamela S Nolen
6 years ago

Tammie, Rick and Ron: I know I can speak for my son’s also in that we are so sorry to hear of the passin of your mom. Jean was such a wonderful lady with such a heart of gold. I saw the absolute love she had for all the kids who came to skating at St. Joes, my son’s were part of that. She was a blessing to her family and many others. Heaven has gained a very blessed angel and probably one on roller skates. Much love Pam, Derek and Devin.