Margaret Lois "Peggy" Tiger, 74, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017. She was born February 14, 1943 to James and Ella (O'Reilly) Richmond in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She graduated high school and attended Bacone College and Northeastern State University obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in social work.
Peggy married Jerome Tiger on St. Patrick's Day 1961 and they shared six years of exhilarating life together until his untimely death on August 13, 1967.
Peggy and her cousin, Molly, created the Jerome Tiger Art Company, which brought the genius of her late husband to the rest of the world. They had to pretend they were the secretary and sales woman. They were told by a gallery owner "You girls have some fine art here, but you need to get a big publishing company to take charge of this. You little women are fighting a big battle with a short stick." After ten years of record sales and an award winning, best-selling art book, Peggy wrote that man back a letter saying, "Now we have a big stick."
She was at the helm of the business, Tiger Art Gallery, where she produced one of a kind hand silk screened t-shirts designed by her brother-in-law, Johnny Tiger, Jr. She and her childhood friend, Carolyn, and the family, worked together through the 80's, until the death of her beloved son, Chris, in 1990.
Peggy worked as a special assistant for the Cherokee Nation under the tenure of Chief Chad Smith. She was pursuing her passion as a Cherokee Historian when a car wreck almost took her life.
Reading was one of Peggy's most beloved hobbies. "Wuthering Heights" was number one of her top 500 booklist. She loved Michael Jordan, the Paris sisters and Secretariat.
Peggy was preceded in death by her mother, Ella O'Reilly Richmond; husband, Jerome Richard Tiger; son, Jerome Christopher Coleman Tiger; granddaughter, Shelleigh (Poor Bear) Black Elk; and brother-in-law, Johnny Tiger, Jr.
She is survived by her daughters, Dana Tiger and husband Donnie Blair of Muskogee, OK, Lisa Lou Ella Tiger of Santa Fe, NM and Fvlvncvlke daughter, Veronique Lozano; adopted children, Joseph Morton Tiger, Sean and David Tiger; grandchildren, Hvresse Christie Blair Tiger, Coleman Lisan Tiger Blair, Cornelia Margaret Taladu "Crickett" Dana Tiger, Kayla Thunder Hawk and Michael Black Elk Tiger; great grandchild, Aidan Jerome Molina Tiger; first cousins, Molly O'Reilly Marcus and Connie O'Reilly; and lifelong friend, Carolyn Rhinehart Johnson.
A celebration of Peggy's life will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Tony Hodgson officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Eufaula, OK. Pallbearers will be Coleman Lisan Tiger Blair, Timmy Doerner, John John Brown, Bradley Peak, Cepon Long and Trapper Charboneau. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Ragsdale, Don Blair, Wotko Long, Jack Blair, Eddie Chuculate and Kevin Charboneau.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on February 21, 2017