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Beloved Girl Scout is Remembered

On Sunday, April 10, Girl Scouts Heart of the South lost a valued member of our Girl Scout family.  

Margaret “Peggy” Jamieson, a Girl Scout mom, troop leader, council employee, avid council volunteer and grandmother of a Girl Scout, dedicated her life to Girl Scouting. Believing in the Girl Scout mission Peggy had been a pillar within the council for nearly 50 years.  

“She was an avid camper and always willing to help other troops meet the requirements so that they too could camp.  She would attend camp as their trained troop camper.” said Debbie Moore, director of finance for the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, former colleague and long time friend of Peggy.   

Her passion led her to work for the council, then Tenn-Ark-Miss Girl Scout Council, coming first as a temporary worker and eventually retiring as Council Shop Manager in 2008. Even while employed by the council, Peggy still gave of her time to troops volunteering as a trainer and mentor.  

Knowing the opportunities afforded through Girl Scouting, Peggy was so excited to have a granddaughter become a Girl Scout and worked diligently with the Lindenwood Christian Church troops where her granddaughter is a member.  

“She had been a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were young and she just stayed with it,” said Jean Ann McBride, Girl Scout leader at Lindenwood Christian Church, “She was a wonderful lady; she just really was an inspiration.”  

Peggy had an enthusiasm for the history of local Girl Scouting and had worked prior to her retirement and in the past three years to organize the council’s archives. She was working on this at the time of her death.  

In recognition of her dedication and service to Girl Scouting, Peggy was awarded the Thanks Badge, Girl Scout USA's highest award.  

Peggy's daughter, Jana Jamieson White, and son-in-law, John White, also passed way on April 10, 2011, leaving behind their five children.  A fund will be established for the children. 

 Service will be held on Sunday, April 17 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 480 South Highland St., Memphis, TN 38111.

Posted by Kristen Posey-Russell at 12:54 PM


4/13/2011 at 01:41 PM by Kristen Russell

Peggy was the epitome of courage, confidence and character. She touched so many lives and truly left the world a better place. She will be missed.

My prayers are with her family.


4/13/2011 at 02:08 PM by Christine

I remember her when she worked at the council shop. Always such a delight and inpiration for all that she did and continued to do for Girl Scouts. Thoughts are prayers to her family.

THANK you GSHOTS for sharing!

4/13/2011 at 04:03 PM by David Moore

I worked with Peggy several years and we will miss her. Suh a strong lady. Our prayers go out to her family andto the Girl Scouts uring this time of loss.

4/14/2011 at 12:34 PM by janet stone wade

ms. peggy was a wealth of Girl Scout knowledge. when i came to work for Girl Scouts in 2003, i knew nothing but the usual "cookies, camp, & crafts". she helped me learn there was sooooo much more to it than that. i only hope i can be 1/2 the Girl Scout she was.

we love you & miss you, ms. peggy.

4/15/2011 at 06:22 PM by Carol A. Levy

I first met Peggy when I walked into the shop and heard a tape of traditional Girl Scout and folk music. We had a wonderful conversation about the place of singing in Girl Scouting...and this started a long friendship.

To this day, when I think of Peggy, I think of music.

6/8/2011 at 06:29 PM by Emma

Miss Peggy was an outsanding woman and a proud Girl Scout. I am proud to say that I knew her and GSUSA should be honored to call her a sister. A lot of love and prayers to her family and those that knew her best.
-Emma Gifford

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