Margaret “Peg” Dauphin — February 11, 1950 – November 18, 2018

Peg’s life was centered around caring for and service to others, whether it was caring for her family and friends, serving in her church and community, or tending to her patients as a nurse. Margaret “Peg” Dauphin, age 68, of Savanna, Illinois passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Peg was born February 11, 1950 in Savanna, the daughter of Harold and Helen (Rolfsen) Malley. She attended Savanna High School, graduating with the Class of 1968. Peg became engaged to her future husband, Burdette (Burt) Dauphin, on Christmas Eve in 1968 when Burt was home on leave from the military. The two married on December 12, 1970. Together they celebrated 48 years of marriage, and raised three daughters, Elaine, Kristine and Marjorie.

Peg graduated from Freeport Memorial School of Nursing in 1972 and held several nursing positions at Freeport Memorial Hospital from 1972 until her retirement in 2009. She was an OB Labor and Delivery Nurse for 14 years and then worked in the GI Lab and office for 18 years—with some time off in-between to raise her kids. She had a great passion for medicine, and after retirement, her nursing skills were often put to good use on the farm, caring for cows and calves.

Peg was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Savanna where she taught both adult and high school Sunday school classes and served in numerous capacities around the church. She and Burt were also youth group leaders at Pearl City Methodist Church for several years. Peg volunteered with the Stephenson County 4-H & Cooperative Extension Service and was an active member of the Blackhawk extension unit. She volunteered at White Eagle 4-H Camp as a nurse and camp mom for several years. Peg and Burt welcomed several foreign exchange students into their home throughout the years. She enjoyed quilting and sewing with her “Sew Much More” quilting group and made beautiful quilts and counted cross-stitch treasures. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Peg will be dearly missed by her husband, Burt; three daughters, Elaine (Rod) Howard of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, Kristine (Jeffrey) Davidson of Boonsboro, Maryland and Marjorie (Dan) Volkers of Marengo, Illinois; 14 grandchildren; one brother, Russell Malley of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Hallaron and Charlie (Marcia) Dauphin; and two sisters-in-law, Diana Chaplin and Gloria Roberts. Peg was especially proud to have fourteen grandchildren: Skylar, Kobe, Mila, and Kataleya Branscum (Howard); Erika, Jakob and Rebeka Davidson; Taylor, Blake, Alyssa, Tess, Sarah Kate, Cody, and Lukas Volkers. Peg is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Helen, and a sister, Joan Hallaron.

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