YAKIMA, Washington — Martha Peggy Archibald was born in Missoula on March 1, 1925 to Mae Cox Archibald and Walter Otis Archibald. She passed away on June 20, 2020 in Yakima, Washington at the age of 95.
Mom grew up in Western Montana having lived in Avon, Bearmouth, Missoula, Thompson Falls and Clinton. She graduated from Missoula County High School in 1942, immediately traveled to Fort Vancouver, Washington and worked three years for the U.S. Army during WWII. Mom returned to Missoula after the war and worked for the Army at Fort Missoula for four years, two years for the Executive Director of the Boy Scouts, then began working for the U.S. Forest Service. Her job there eventually involved hiring smokejumpers for the Missoula base.
In February 1947 she married Arne “Sandy” Ranta of Milltown. They raised their three sons in Milltown and West Riverside (AKA The Flat) before moving into Missoula in 1964. During this time mom was a Scouting Den Mother for 11 years, PTA President at Bonner Grade School, Job’s Daughters adviser, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
In 1967 they moved to Packwood, Washington where she retired from the Forest Service in 1981. Mom and dad then lived in Westport, Washington where she was also a member of Order of Amaranth. They traveled extensively in a 5th wheel trailer, finally selling their home in 1995 so they travel full time in a motor home. Dad passed away in 1998, and mom continued traveling for 3 more years before settling in Yakima, Washington where she lived until her passing. She said her last years were comforted by membership in the Summit View Church of Christ, and Minister Kevin Jensen who renewed her faith in the Lord.
Mom is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Arne, her parents, her brothers Harold Eugene Archibald and Jack Archibald, sisters Dorothy Archibald Roth, Betty Archibald Clark and infant girl Frances Archibald, niece Gail Thornton and nephews Boyd Roth and Dee Archibald.
She is survived by her three sons, Lyle (Sandy), Arne Roy (Jeanne) and Walt (Nora Ann). Mom is also survived by her grandchildren: twins Mary (Larry) Treloar and Marie McCracken, Kristin (Noel) Cisneros, Jessica (Joe) Wulfekuhle, Robert (Emily) Ranta and great grandchildren Kristina and Noel “Bubba” Cisneros and Keenan Wulfekuhle, her nieces Sue (Burt) Stenslie and Barb (Johan) VandenBerg, nephew Allen (Rebecca) Archibald, close family friends Elaine and Leo Nagle, and numerous nieces and nephews.
After her cremation, mom and dad will join their family members in the Missoula City Cemetery. As dad was a life member of the VFW and DAV, and mom a life member of their Auxiliaries, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the VFW or DAV, or their Auxiliaries. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home of Yakima, Washington (keithandkeith.com) who is caring for the family.
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