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Nurse loved Cape Cod trips, planning celebrations

| Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, 9:15 p.m.

Peggy Marshall didn't need to go far to meet her future husband.

She was working one weekend as a private duty nurse when she encountered Robert Elder “Rob” Marshall on a Sunday, he recalled. At the time, she was caring for his father.

“She called me on Monday under the pretext of asking how my father was doing,” he said. “Her friend said that later, she said, “ ‘I'm going to marry that man.' ”

The two went to lunch that Monday, and months later were married on Oct. 21, 1988, in Bradenton, Fla.

Peggy L. Humes Marshall, 64, of New Alexandria died from liver disease Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in her home.

Mrs. Marshall worked during the week as a psychiatric nurse, including time in Dixmont, Woodville, Mayview, Torrance, Latrobe and Western Psych.

She graduated from Rochester High School, Beaver County Community College and Geneva College, and received her degree in nursing from Duquesne University.

After she met her husband, Mrs. Marshall visited him in Florida, where he had a farm.

On one visit while her husband was away, she was shocked by a snake that came out of a shower drain — a usual encounter for a Floridian, but not a “proper” woman from Pennsylvania, Marshall explained.

She called the mother of his friend, he said.

“(The mother) asked what kind of snake was it?” Marshall said, explaining the mother wondered whether the snake was harmful or not.

Mrs. Marshall replied, “I don't care. Get me out of here. Get my husband,” he said.

She enjoyed going to one place in particular for vacation — Cape Cod.

“She just loved it. We'd go sailing, boating. She loved to shop,” Marshall said.

The couple has a son, Robert Elder Marshall Jr.

“She just loved our son. He was her pride and joy,” Marshall said.

Mrs. Marshall was an “elegant woman” who loved to plan weddings, parties and festivals, her husband said.

“They all said what a great job she did, what a fabulous job she did all the way through,” he added.

Mrs. Marshall brought her elegance to any event she planned, said friend Judy Brodmerkel of Mt. Pleasant Township.

“She had such class. She left no detail undone,” Brodmerkel said. “She was so, so generous. She thought of everyone.”

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Marshall is survived by her sister, Kathryn Jean Humes Siembida (Philip) and their son, Brandon, of Columbiana, Ohio; her aunt, Jacquine Strekeisen of Ellwood City; two nieces, Suzanne Humes and Kathryn Brewer; and two nephews, Brandon Siembida and John R. Babson II.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Community United Presbyterian Church, 1640 Keystone Park Road, New Alexandria. P. David Newhouse Funeral Home, New Alexandria, is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Marshall's name to McGuire Memorial, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, PA 15066, or to a charity of choice.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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