Margaret Reeves Drury (“Peggy”) passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 22, 1955, she was adopted by Graham and Joan Reeves from Georgetown, South Carolina. Peggy’s fortunate adoption by loving parents drove her humble service to children from all walks of life.
Peggy grew up at Annandale, her parents’ farm along South Carolina’s Santee Delta. There she learned how to ride, harvest crabs and shrimp, and raise cattle. In 1974, she graduated from the Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina. Afterward, she studied art and art history at the Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
After college, Peggy combined her love of art and her work with children. Professionally, she started practicing fine framing and museum matting at a local Charleston art gallery. She would later manage Jack Patla Antiques, a world-renowned antique store. She began her civic work as a T-ball and slow pitch coach at the East Bay Playground. She volunteered at the local Junior League, later serving on their board for several years and chairing The Whale of a Sale, the organization’s main annual fundraiser for community projects. She would also volunteer and serve on the board of the Lowcountry Children’s Center, which provided a safe and friendly escape for children suspected of abuse. Charleston’s Mayor Joe Riley appointed Peggy in charge of designing a small playground for young children in Charleston which was named the Tot Lot.
In 1983 and 1984, she gave birth to her two sons, Drew and Graham, whom she cherished dearly. In 1994, she moved with them to Sheridan. A year later she settled with them in Buffalo. She had fallen in love with the Sheridan and Buffalo area after visiting the HF Bar Ranch with her parents in the 1960s. In 1996, she purchased a portion of the Patch Ranch along Muddy Creek, and later named it the Crazy P Ranch. She was a gracious host to friends and hunters from the area and across the United States. All who visited felt her love of entertaining and incredible Southern - inspired cooking.
In Buffalo, she would continue her civic work as a 4-H Pig Leader and a member of the Johnson County Cattle Women. Professionally, at her Crazy P Ranch, she developed a Madison Formation well and bulk water load-out facility named Crazy Woman Water. In 1998, she would meet her lifelong partner and best friend, Mike Thomas. Together, they were a beacon in the community for their involvement, sense of charity, love of friends and love for one another.
By far her greatest work in Buffalo started in 2005 with her closest friend, Willis Swenson. The local Boys & Girls Club was in its early stages. Peggy began tutoring at the club and later started a cooking class, a hit amongst all the children. She would serve on the board of the club for 14 years and help co-lead its fundraising efforts. For her work, she was honored at the club’s annual breakfast a week before she passed.
Peggy will always be remembered for her infectious joy, her gentle nature and her love of friendship. She was truly a tremendous woman. She is survived by her two sons, Drew and Graham Drury, and her lifelong partner, Mike Thomas.
Peggy’s service will be held at 10:30 a.m. this Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Summit Church in Buffalo. Private inurnment to follow. Instead of flowers, the family requests that all gifts be made to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns in Buffalo, Wyoming.