at the age of 90, passed away peacefully in her home on September 14, 2021. Peggy was born in Denver, Colorado on March 23, 1931 and raised on a farm in southern Colorado. In 1949, she graduated from South High School in Denver, CO. Peggy attended the University of Denver from 1949 to 1950, then graduated from UofA in 1960. She married Douglas Gieske in 1950 and became the mother of their two children Sandra (1952) and David Gieske (1955). In 1958, after multiple cross-country moves, the Gieskes moved to Tucson, Arizona. As sometimes happens, she then took advantage of her “gay divorcee” days, which she spoke fondly of. In the 1970s, while working for the Tucson Planning & Zoning Commission, Peggy met the love of her life, W. Kirby Lockard. They loved to travel together, visiting most of the United States, Great Britain, Europe, Egypt, Greece (for several summers), Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Peggy and Kirby lived almost 35 years of marriage together.
Award-winning editor, professional model, author, successful real estate broker and political / community activist, Peggy was a force of nature who conducted himself with grace and strength. In the 1960s, Peggy was president of the Arizona Young Republicans and was named Republican Young Woman of the Year in 1966. In 1979, she founded Pepper Publishing, which she successfully managed for twenty years. In 1985, she received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association. Peggy is the author of This is Tucson: Guidebook to the Old Pueblo, known as “the definitive” guide to the city of Tucson (published in 1983, 1985 and 1988). As an editor, she received the Benjamin Franklin Award (1989).
Peggy has also been very involved in helping the Tucson community. In hopes of keeping the city of Tucson skies free from billboards, she served as chair of the Tucson Signage Code Advisory and Appeal Board and was a member of the Six Signage Code Committees. Tucson. She has served on the Tucson Planning & Zoning Commission, the Centennial Committee of the College of Architecture at UofA, and served on the board of directors of the Tucson Festival Society, Blenman-Vista Neighborhood Association, North Mountain Park Association and Planned Parenthood. from southern Arizona.
Peggy has always been passionate about active politics. During the 60’s, she participated in numerous Republican campaigns and attended / moderated rallies throughout Arizona and Washington, DC. To make sure her voice was heard, she always made sure to write / call her reps. Because the Republican Party has changed so drastically throughout her life, she was actually a staunch Democrat for most of her life – and died with a “Feel the Bern” mug by her bedside.
Peggy did extensive genealogical research on Hamilton / Schroeder, traveled to Germany and Scotland, and then compiled The Schroeder Family Chronicles, a detailed history for the whole family.
Beyond her career and community, Peggy was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, diver, avid card player and miniature poodle mom, but most of all, Peggy was an ardent defender. Everyone always knew where Peggy stood on an issue, and she was pretty proud of it. “I always think it’s very important to stand up for what you believe and not be shy about being at odds with the majority or the powerful, especially if you can make a difference in someone’s life.” (Speaking Out an Autobiography) She instilled in her daughter and granddaughters a strong instinct to speak up and stand up for what you believe.
Peggy was predeceased by her parents, Walker Gerald Hamilton, Hazel Schroeder Hamilton; her husband, W. Kirby Lockard; her daughter, Sandra Gieske Larriva (Phillip) and her stepson, Melvin Scott Lockard (Nancy Marmion). She is survived by her son, David Brian Gieske (Cyndi); his stepchildren, Rita Gail Champlin (Joseph) and William Brodie Lockard; her four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Due to COVID, no service is currently planned. A celebration of life will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made on Peggy’s behalf to Planned Parenthood, the Kirby Lockard Design Communications Endowment, College of Architecture; or the William Kirby and Peggy Hamilton Lockard Fellowship, College of Architecture, Kay Brown at PO Box 210075, UofA, Tucson, 85721-0075; or at Casa de la Luz Hospice, 400 W. Magee Rd., Tucson, 85704. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.