Rita Margaret "Peggy" Sipes 1947 - 2018
Sarasota, FL—Rita Margaret "Peggy" Sipes, 71, of Sarasota, FL passed away on May 14  at Doctor's Hospital in Sarasota. She was surrounded by her family.
Peggy was born February 24, 1947, first child for Rita & JD Harper of Decatur [Illinois]. She attended St. James & St. Teresa schools.
She married Tony Sipes & moved with her family to Springfield [Illinois} where she enjoyed a very successful career in Real Estate. Later she settled in Sarasota [Florida] where she continued to work in the banking side of real estate.
Peggy was the consummate hostess & loved to entertain.
She was a great cook. Her other interests included reading & spending time with her family. Peggy was an organ donor.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Michael Belsham of Sarasota; sons Terry Sullivan (Mary Kay) of Tuscon, AZ; Jason Sipes (Martha Demetrowitz) of Venice, FL,; sisters Susan Flynn (TR) of Decatur, IL; Jo Gildersleeve (David) of League City, TX.; granddaughter Emilee Allen of Taylorville, IL; grandson Conor Sullivan of Tucson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews, and loving cousins all across the country.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, son Brian Sipes, brothers David & Christopher Harper, sisters Gloria Lightcap & Mary Anne Donnelly.
Burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, IL on May 29 at 11 a.m.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from May 26 to May 27, 2018
It is wonderful to see she lived a full and happy life. Our condolences from the Class of 1965 to Peggy's loved ones and family.