Peggy Colleen Scudder
July 2, 1938 – October 27, 2018
Colleen, as she preferred to be called, was born on July 2, 1938 to Joseph and Arlene Livingston in Modesto. She lived in Modesto until her dad – who was a Modesto Police Officer – took a job with Oakdale Police Department, bought a dairy and moved his family there when Colleen was in high school. Colleen graduated from Oakdale High School.
Soon Colleen made her way back to Modesto and got a job at Burgess Drive-in which was depicted in the movie “American Graffiti.” Colleen worked as a carhop there roller skating out to the cars while carrying trays of food and drinks.
Soon Colleen met and married Jimmie Ray Scudder and they settled into Jim’s hometown of Ceres. Soon after they welcomed their first son, Michael Ray, and then daughter Brenda came along a couple years later.
Colleen worked at Caswell Elementary School for many years until she started working at Hughson High School where she retired as a secretary. Colleen went back to work when her daughter and son-in-law purchased Ceres Floral. Colleen was the store manager and loved greeting the customers who came into the shop or called in their orders.
Colleen was very active in her community and was always a member of the PTA, and also a Boy Scout leader along with Jim. She was a member of the Ceres Concerts in the Park Committee and Soroptimist International of Ceres.
Colleen loved her children very much and was always their biggest fan. When Mike played baseball she would be on the sidelines keeping score and when he played basketball she was always in the stands cheering him on.
Once her children grew up and married, Colleen received a new name, “Grandma Scudder” and again could be found in the stands watching her “grand loves” Greg and Casey playing baseball and softball then cheering loudly for Greg when he played football. But what she really loved was hearing Greg sing; that brought the most joy to her. Every day in the last couple of months of her life Brenda would play Greg’s music for her and she would be so happy.
Grandma Scudder was grandma to all her grand loves’ friends. When Brenda’s friend Kelene who was a single mom decided to go back to school to be a nurse, Grandma Scudder stepped up to provide childcare for Kelene and was always grandma to them as well.
Grandma Scudder had the gift to gab and had numerous friends. She never met an enemy and loved talking to and meeting new people. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Grandma Scudder is survived by her children, Michael Scudder and Brenda Herbert (Harry); her grandchildren, Greg Scudder (Kelly), Casey Gaede (Colton) and Clark Herbert; grand dog Maverick; her great-grandchildren, Clint and Cayden, Melissa, Krystal and Jillian; great-great-grandchild Brooke; her sister Donna Jo Rutledge; her brother Jerry Livingston; sisters-in-law Diane Livingston and Linda Scudder Flores; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Livingston and Arlene Martin Livingston, husband Jimmie Ray Scudder, son Samuel Eugene Booth and brother Carl Livingston.
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is honored to serve the Scudder family. Services for Grandma Scudder will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Ceres Chapel of Franklin & Downs, 2561 Fifth Street, Ceres. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the chapel.
Burial will take place at Ceres Memorial Park following the funeral.