The Honorable Peggy June Adams Shreve, 85, died peacefully Oct. 27, 2012, in Cody.

Peggy was born in Spencer, W.Va., on July 23, 1927. After losing her parents at an early age, she was raised by her aunt and uncle in Glenville, W.Va., where she graduated from high school in 1945 and graduated from Glenville State College with a degree in education in 1948.

After graduating from college, she taught school for two years in West Virginia, two years in Virginia and for 16 years in Cody.

Peggy married Don Franklin Shreve, M.D., in June 1951 and was widowed in September 1970.

She has the legacy of being the first and only woman from Park County to be elected to the Wyoming Legislature in 1978, where she served for 20 years.

Her political career encompassed being Chairwoman of Travel, Recreation (both state and national), Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee (12 years), Chair of Joint House and Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources (10 years), Vice Chair and Chair of the Arts, Tourism and Cultural Heritage Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures AOL, Delegate to the National Republican 1980 Convention, Chair of the Five State Conference (North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming) 1992-93, Majority Whip 1992-94, Speaker Pro Tem for 1995-98, member of Rules and Procedure Committee and Management Council and Co-Chair of School Finance Committee.

Other committees to which she was appointed were the Blue Ribbon Committee on Tourism and Task Force Committee on Education; Transportation & Highways; and Corporations and Political Subdivisions.

In addition to her strong commitment to the State of Wyoming, she had a dedication to being involved in civic organizations in the communities where she lived.

These include the Girl Scout Council in Greenbrier County, W.Va. (1963-66), Treasurer of Park County Republican Party 1976, Volunteer at Park County Hospital, Girls State Leader 1985-92, Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Past President Classroom of Teachers, Executive Board of Buffalo Bill Information Center, Boys and Girls Club of America board member, and Big Brothers-Big Sisters board member.

Peggy was honored for the many facets of her work in the political, civic and education arenas. These include Educational Woman of the Year 1985, Women Helping Women 1986, Legislator of the Year by the Outfitting Industry 1989, Wyoming State Public Official of the Year 1990, Alumna of the Year Glenville State College 1994, Who’s Who in Society, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Teachers, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Politics and International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women.

Additionally, the multi-purpose building at Buffalo Bill State Park on the North Fork Highway was named “Shreve Lodge” in honor of her work and dedication to the state. She also is credited with the creation of “Peg’s Potties” rest areas and “Shreve’s Stripes” white wall painting in tunnels that have assisted many motorists traveling to and from Park County.

Peggy’s many civic clubs and organizations included being past president of the PEO, AO for two years, a past member of the Executive Board AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Vice Chair for two terms), Vice President and County Committeewoman for Park County Republican Women, State Convention Chair for PEO 1995 and the Red Hatters Church Circle.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Donna Nathlar-Shirley (John Douglas) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jennifer Adams Nevins (Zane Sheldon) of Wheatland, John Clyde Shreve of Cody and Don Franklin (Sheri) Shreve, Jr., of Cody, grandchildren Robert Stoll and Barton Stoll of Myrtle Beach, Derek Nevins of Cheyenne, Kellie Zahller of Saint Louis, Mo., and Abigale Shreve and Parker Shreve of Cody and five great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crisis Intervention Services, P.O. Box 1324, Cody, or the Peg Shreve Scholarship Fund, Park County Republican Women, P.O. Box 1454, Cody.

An online guestbook and memorial page is available at

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