Born Anne Montgomery in Newark, Ohio in 1919, she adopted the nickname Peggy. After graduating from Vassar College (N.Y.) in 1941, she went on to graduate school at Ohio State University and studied economics. After graduating in 1943, Peggy went to work for the Ohio State Tax Commission. She served in WWII in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Peggy then returned to work for the Tax Commission and in 1947 married Ed Sauvain. They moved to Greenville in 1952. Sauvain has been active in the Furman University Learning in Retirement (FULIR) program [later Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)] since 1993.