Ima Jean (Beeby) Pedigo was born February 27, 1929. She very peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the age of 92. She was living at Aspen Gardens in Cortez, CO. A life well lived. 2 Corinthians 5:8 – we are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and to be home with the Lord. Her favorite bible verse was Psalm 46:10 - Be still and know that I am God.
She was the oldest and smallest twin, her sister Erma Jean was born 90 seconds after Ima Jean. Before their birth, her parents were told Pearl was “stacked two stories high.” Neither one knew they were having twins until birth. Her dad had to go out and purchase one more layette to take the girls home.
Ima Jean grew up in Marshal, Oklahoma with several cousins; her dad had thirteen siblings and they and all of her cousins attended the Christian church and ate Sunday dinner together every Sunday. A lot of good cooks. She’d tell us that one long table was full of desserts. Ima Jean loved to cook, and we can’t think of one meal (maybe liver) that we did not like, but we always looked forward to dessert.
She graduated high school in Marshal in 1946 and attended one year of business school in Enid where she excelled in shorthand and typing; and won a trophy in shorthand.
She married Tommy Pedigo on August 7, 1948 in Aztec, New Mexico, at the courthouse. From there they moved to Pleasant View, Colorado. She would tell us a story about their first house: when it rained water would run under one wall, through the house, and out the other side.
She learned to sew from her mother-in-law Neva Pedigo. Ima sewed, tailored practically everything she wore, two-piece pant and skirt suits and all of her denim jeans. She sewed perfectly and beautifully for herself and her daughters for weddings, special events and even bathrobes and towel jackets. In retirement she had a business of making leather concealed-carry handbags for women and sold them throughout the United States. She also made the cutest teddy bears in her later years. All the girls in the family have one of her teddy bears made from faux fur, they are the cutest!
She was always in the kitchen with music on as she cooked. She lived a quiet life raising her four children: Linda Davies (Kenneth), Max Pedigo (Lynn Kingery), Jon Pedigo (Tammy), and Cindy Elliot (Mel). She is survived by her brother Randy Beeby; her children; seven grandchildren, Kenny Davies, Toni McGuire (Keith), Shane Pedigo (Mona), Jennifer Pittman (Dan), Robin Pedigo, Cory Elliott (Krista), Candi Armstrong (Brandon); ten great grandchildren, Dayton Davies, Kenny, Kodi McGuire, Mollinee, Kelsee Pedigo, Aidan Pittman, Austin Pedigo, Kyler Elliott, Stetson Goodall and Weston Armstrong. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Tom; her parents; two sisters; one grandson; and one daughter-in-law.