Woodward, Okla. —
Peggy Lynne Roper was born September 3, 1951 to Elwood and Wanda Inman Riley. On the day she was born, her daddy was coaching a baseball game in Altus, OK. When her daddy learned that she was about to be born, he sent word back to “hold the baby off until I finish this game”--this did not surprise Peg when she found this out many years later.
Peggy attended school in Shattuck and later attended Oklahoma State University. In 1970, she married Larry Girton and made their home in Gage, OK. To this union, Shauna Deon, Dustin Sean and Robyn Renee were born. Her children were her pride and joy and kept her going. She spent countless hours at baseball, basketball, and football games, and many, many baton twirling and dance lessons. Peggy taught the “Flying Robyn’s”, a baton twirling performing troupe, for seventeen (17) years, and they performed at football and basketball games every year in Northwest Oklahoma.
Peggy worked as a U.S. Postal Service rural mail carrier for thirty-two (32) years at the Fargo and Shattuck post offices. She was the proud recipient of the Million Mile award with no accidents. Her interest in mail delivery began when she was eight (8) years old and went with her Grandma Inman on the mail route. They not only delivered the mail, but bread, fresh milk, eggs and picked up cookies, and fresh bread. It was much fun for Peggy! She was very proud of her Grandma Inman, who was the first woman rural mail carrier in Oklahoma and the second woman rural mail carrier in the United States. Grandma Inman began delivering mail in 1918 in a horse and buggy, crossing the South Canadian River twice a day. Peggy used to tell her Grandma Inman, “you were one of the first women libbers”, and when Peggy had a bad day on the route,“I would think of her, and I got over it pretty quick.”