PEGGY KERNS, AMF Board Member, City of Aurora Councilwoman, State Representative, Leader. ( 1941 - 2020)

Today, Aurora has lost a great leader.  This morning I was notified by Polly Page, who served on the Aurora City Council and later as an Arapahoe County Commissioner, that Peggy Kerns has passed away.  Polly and Peggy had become close friends over the years.  Peggy served on the Aurora City Council for six years prior to being elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988.  She served four terms in the State House rising to the position of Minority Leader during her last term.  After leaving the legislature, she worked for the National Council of State Legislatures where she ran their Ethics in Government program.  I would see Peggy often at civic events in Aurora when I was just starting out as a small business owner in the early 1980's.  I found her to be such an extraordinary elected official who always listened intently to the concerns of her constituents and always greeting everyone with such a bright and amazing smile.  We both were elected to the State House in 1988 and, although I was on the other side of the aisle, I always found her to be a great partner to work with in order to advance the priorities of our respective districts and of the State of Colorado. ( Written by Molly Market, Friend )

She is survived by her two children and their families: son Jerry Kerns, his wife, Amy Settergren, and their children, Lillian, Henry, and Eleanor, all of Chicago; and daughter Deborah Kerns Lynch and her son, Jack, both of Castle Pines, Colo. She also leaves her sister, Janet Shoup Klein, and her partner, Dianne Fishman. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Mark Shoup.

The family will host a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Peggy's name to the Aurora Museum Foundation, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012.


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MUSEUM Closes November 20, 2020 

The City of Aurora would like to reassure our community that we are working closely with local and state health experts regarding COVID-19 and taking steps to keep our community and city staff safe. In the continued interest of our community’s health and safety, following guidance where counties were moved to Level Red: ‘Severe Risk’ in the state’s COVID-19 dial dashboard,the Aurora History Museum will be closed beginning tomorrow Nov. 20 through Dec. 18.  To stay up to date with the museum and historic site’s online programing, resources and additional news please visit . 

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The AMF Board of Directors is made up of seventeen (maximum ) elected members, selected from the AMF Membership. Top L to Right

Marc Gonzales, Kate Tauer, Vice President, Sandy Sweeney, Terry Spencer. Bottom L to R: Gregg Chase, Treasurer, Jane Barber, Peggy Kerns, Stanley Turner, President, Lynne Evans, Stu Pyper, Secretary.



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