Margaret "Peg" Winter
January 18, 2021
Margaret "Peg" Winter, retired Executive Director of the Arizona Society of Association Executives, died peacefully at the age of 93 on January 18, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband N.A "Bill" Winter in 1975. Bill owned N.A. Winter Advertising Agency here in Phoenix from 1963 until his death. He was also the first Chief of the Phoenix Police Reserves and President of both the Arizona and National Wildlife Federations. After the death of her husband in 1975 and despite overwhelming odds, Peg kept Bill's advertising agency operating until she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Arizona Society of Association Executives, a position she held until her retirement in 1995.
She is survived by daughters Barbara Owen (Joe) of Williamsburg, VA, Joanne Winter Loe (Jeff) of Phoenix, AZ, Dianne Murphy (Shane) of Palatine, IL, grandchildren Deborah Simmons (Dustin), Jeff Owen (Carol), Meghan Murphy Tidei (Tommaso), Grace Schmidt (Damon), Mack Murphy, great-grandchildren Cassie and Trevor Simmons, Francesco and Caoimhe Tidei, Nula and Birdie Schmidt, a large extended family of in-laws and cousins, and many granddogs and grandcats.
Peg was born on December 21, 1927 in Chicago. She moved to Phoenix in 1950. Over the years she has volunteered for several civic and charitable organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Welcome Wagon Club, Muscular Dystrophy Association, where she served as President of the Maricopa County Chapter, and AdeA Club. Since 2008, Peg has supported the Assistance League (AL) of Phoenix where she served on the Annual "Celebration of Caring" Gala committee for many years, as well as volunteering in the AL Thrift Boutique in central Phoenix.
She has been recognized with many awards for her work to include: the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Service Citation in 1978 for her outstanding and distinguished service; the American Society of Association Executives "Salute to Peg Winter" recognition in 1995 for her dedicated service; the Arizona Society of Association Executives Angel Award in 1998 in recognition of her outstanding service, and the Assistance League of Phoenix Ada Edwards Laughlin Award in 2018 for outstanding behind-the-scenes service.
Peg was recognized as a smart, talented, graceful and strong woman who never backed down from any challenge. She was truly one of a kind. Her sense of style and creativity were endless. Her talent as a seamstress, whether it be clothing or upholstery, was known to many. She was also a savvy businesswoman, a leader, a mentor, an inspiration, an impeccable and sharp dresser, a social butterfly and overall classy lady who enjoyed a good party. She was known to tell it like it is and everyone knew exactly where they stood with her. Her sense of humor was like no other and a trait she kept until the very end.
After Bill's stroke, subsequent kidney failure and until his tragic too-early departure, Peg provided a solid foundation for her entire family. She was a devoted and loving Mother to her daughters, and fantastic Oma to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family meant the world to her. She retired in 1995 so she could do the things she enjoyed most ... spending time with family and friends, traveling the world and volunteering with the Assistance League.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their care and support and Peg's loving caregiver Dawn Packer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to her passion - the Assistance League of Phoenix. http://www.alphx.org/
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