Born Peggy Gene Taylor in The Dalles, Oregon she was the only child of Velma R. Taylor and Orva E. Taylor. Peggy liked to remind her friends and loved ones that she was born on Bastille Day. Peggy passed quietly in her sleep at her home on June 12, 2018. Her wish was to live independently until her passing and she accomplished that goal with grace.
Peggy graduated from The Dalles High School in 1941 and attended Oregon State College (University), worked at the OSU radio station and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
After leaving college she was hired at KXL radio and KEX in Portland where she wrote advertisements. She also worked as the executive assistant for the Portland Junior Rose Festival where she wrote articles on the events and scheduled the princess competitions at various theaters. Not long after that she began a modeling career first modeling at Bedell’s Department store and Meier and Frank and later in runway modeling and print. She later taught classes at the Maria Easterly Modeling agency in Portland.
She married Robert Ellis Rudolph and they were married 55 years until his passing. Together they enjoyed travel, gardening and family. They lived in Portland and later retired to Whidbey Island, a place they both loved and had spent many years vacationing with their children.
Peggy loved all things related to the performing arts, art, color and design. She was a docent at the Portland Art Museum, attended the Museum School of Art and was employed at the Museum Rental Sales Gallery. She was also active in the Portland Symphony Society, chairing the Women’s Committee and later serving two terms on the Board.
At age 50, Peggy returned to college and earned her bachelors’ degree with honors from Willamette University where she was also a housemother at Delta Gamma sorority. She subsequently entered graduate school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and where she earned her masters’ degree with highest honors in Education and Counseling and later a doctoral degree in Psychology.
She was employed on the clinical staff of the Morrison Center in Portland and Gresham. She also worked as a school counselor and opened a private practice as a counselor and consultant.
Peggy was a supporter of many charities and causes during her life, particularly those that enhanced the lives of the underserved and in support of the health and safety of animals.
Peggy is survived by her daughter Robin Bernardy (Dave) and son Mark Rudolph (Myrna) and granddaughters Erin, Julie, Angela, Renate, Alexis, April and Sharon. She was blessed with seven great grandchildren, several that she was able to watch grow up and share time with.
No service will be held at Peggy’s request, but her family asks that on July 14 (Bastille Day) her friends and family pour a beverage of their choice and raise their glass in honor of a beautiful, caring, generous, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, confidant and friend.