Born June 6, 1919 on Armenia Mountain, she was the youngest child of Homer and Elizabeth Hawthorne Dunbar. Peg married Emerson "Bill" Billingsley on November 12, 1942 in Lewiston, Idaho near his WWII Army Air Corps base. Prior to their marriage she worked at Eclipse in Elmira NY doing defense work.
When Cpt. Billingsley left the Air Corps, they returned to Bradford County. In 1945 they purchased a home and business in East Smithfield PA, living there until becoming permanent residents on Armenia Mountain in 1969. They retired in 1979, spending the following years travelling, alone or with camping groups, until Bill's death in 1987.