Obituary: Peggy Dunton
Peggy Josephine Dunton was taken to Heaven on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. She was surrounded by her family at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Peggy was born on July 14, 1925, and was 89 years old. She was born Peggy Josephine Rogers in Butte, Mont. Her parents were John Rogers and Carrie Teets Rogers. Her mother, sister Madeline, and Peggy lived in Butte, Helena and Anaconda, Montana, through their high school years.
The three moved to Los Angeles to work during World War II in a war plant. After the war, Peggy and Madeline worked at Petly and Republic Steel. Peggy was working at Petly when a young Roy Dunton was sent to Los Angeles to buy parts bins for NR Dunton Motors, where he worked for his uncle. A friend at Petly's asked Roy if he wanted a date. The friend pointed out Peggy through a window, but the distortion made it look like she had a crooked nose. Roy declined the date.
Once he really saw her, though, it was love at second sight. Three dates and they were engaged. Three more dates and they were married in Huntington Beach, the same Methodist church where his Uncle Roy and Aunt Thelma were married.
Peggy moved to Kingman after their honeymoon. She had never been to Kingman before and she loved it immediately.
Roy and Peggy had two children, Scott Roy Dunton and Debra Jo Dunton. They bought the Ford, Mercury, Lincoln dealerships from their Uncle Roy, which they operated from 1946 to 1963. They turned it into Roy Dunton Motors, a General Motors, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac dealership which they owned until 1986.
They built the current Kingman Motors GM Dealership in 1980. They owned the Cork n Bottle liquor store with John and Thelma Wells, and Walnut Creek Water Company and Walnut Creek Development Company with their son, Scott, and Dennis and Doris Sim for the last 30 years.
They also own Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner along with their son, Scott, which they built in 1994. They own Dunton Motors in Bullhead City with Scott and Shane Dunton and have operated and owned Dunton Motors and Dream Machines in Kingman since 1946.
Peggy belonged to the Elks Ladies 66 Year Member, was an American Legion Auxiliary charter member, served as vice president of the Pink Ladies for the Kingman hospital, and was a member of the Kingman Hostess Club since 1955. Peggy also was a den mother, homeroom mother and in the PTA. Her real purpose in life was being a great mother and wife. She was always there to meet Scott and Debbie after school. Cakes, cookies, milk - the best cook ever, she inspired the recipes for Mr. D'z. She always went to the school functions, helping with homework and typing papers. She was like having Donna Reed for a mom, beautiful and loving.
She was the perfect wife, always there for Roy with little snacks and drinks after work and a perfect home to come home to after a hard day's work. She and Roy lived in the same home on Ricca Drive for over 60 years. They were married for over 66 years, truly the loves of their lives. Kissing each other hello and goodbye every single day was something so special to see in the same house and the same town they loved for all the years. She was a beautiful loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to everyone.
Peggy was predeceased by her father, John Rogers; her mother, Carrie Teets Rogers Bluff; her stepfather, Sid Bluff; her sister, Madeline; and great granddaughter Paige Dunton.
She is survived by her 93-year-old husband, Franklin Roy Dunton, the love of her life since 1947; her son, Scott Roy Dunton and his girlfriend, Cathy Hodges, who helped Peggy and Roy the past years, of Kingman; her loving daughter, Debra Jo Dunton of Gilbert, Ariz.; her granddaughter, Toni Jo Blake, whom she was very close to, of Kingman; her grandson Scotty Dunton and his girlfriend Dawn Schmitt; grandsons, Alek Dunton and Aden Dunton, all of Kingman; her grandson Shane Dunton and great grandsons Colton Dunton, Chase Dunton and Kyle Dunton of Bullhead City; her granddaughter Shelby Coston and her husband Gary Coston, her great granddaughter McKenna Coston and great grandson Bryce Coston, all of Santa Ana, Calif.; her granddaughter, Shauna Dunton and her fiancé Matt Campbell; her great grandsons, Callan Campbell, Jack Campbell and Cruz Campbell, all of Encinitas, Calif. In all, Peggy had five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Some parts of their lives were amazing, including Roy's world in the automobile industry and his involvement in politics. They traveled to Europe and all around the U.S. She met Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the lobby of a hotel, she met Charlton Heston. She met Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman before Roy met them. She was in a Miss Manufacturing Dream Girl beauty contest where they were the judges. She came in second place. She later met President Ronald Reagan with Roy. They met President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush as well as many other presidents. They were friends with Steve Forbes, who came to Kingman three times. They had many of the Arizona politicians as friends, Symington, Bob Stump, Trent Franks and even Barry Goldwater ate dinner in their home. Roy's office is covered with pictures of amazing friends - they truly had a life well lived.
Peggy wished to be cremated and her ashes spread around the Lady of the Rockies in Butte, Mont. She wanted a Celebration of Life at the old Elks building - an Irish celebration. We will be having that celebration beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Historic Elks Building located at 301 N. Fourth St. in downtown Kingman until it's over. Please bring your favorite dish and drinks. We will have a great potluck, like she loved. We will have the plates, silverware and plenty of great meat.
All of Peggy and Roy's friends, all their employees and friends of the past, all of our customers and all the people that have attended our Old Timers parties are invited. Let's say "goodbye" to a beautiful lady and see our family and celebrate a life well lived.