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WALLACE, Peggy L.(Ramsey)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 

Peggy L. Wallace was born on March 30, 1926, in Beggs, Oklahoma, to C. W. (Ceaf) and Walsie Bea Ramsey. She died in Tulsa on September 26, 2012. Peggy moved around a lot in her younger years, attending school in Beggs and Okmulgee before graduating from Seminole High School. She studied briefly at the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, before going to work at the DX Sunray oil refinery in Tulsa, where she was named Miss DX Sunray. While there, Peggy raised an eyebrow or two when her then-beau, Robert N. (Bob) Wallace, Jr., just back from the war, buzzed the refinery in his plane in salute to her. Not long after, the couple married (on July 29, 1947) and relocated to Muskogee, where they made their home. Bob and Peggy had two daughters, Vicki and Sandi, and Peggy devoted herself to the care of her girls, participating in many of their school activities, including serving as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. Early in her marriage, Peggy was a member of the Muskogee Service League, and later became a life-time member of P.E.O. Peggy worked on a part time basis while the girls were in school. She later worked full-time for the Muskogee Independent School District and the Eastern Oklahoma Economic Development District, and moonlighted over the holidays at McEntee's Jewelers downtown. Peggy was a longtime member of St. Paul United Methodist Church (and the Wedding Ring Sunday School class), where she taught weekly classes in needlepoint and was instrumental in making kneelers for the sanctuary. Indeed, Peggy began her needlepointing career with the Happy Hookers of Muskogee, and then continued on to become an accomplished needle-woman, making countless pillows and Christmas stockings for family and friends. Peggy was also an avid bridge player, belonging to two long-standing bridge groups; a dog-lover, with a soft spot for schnauzers; a clothes-horse and a perennial fashionista; a movie-enthusiast, particularly enamored with musicals and classic Westerns; a talented pianist and amateur singer; and an insatiable reader, often giving book reviews at local venues. She took tap-dancing classes in her golden years, performing with a group of women called the Broadway Babes at churches, nursing homes, and community centers. Peggy was perhaps best-known, however, for her excellent down-home cooking, renowned for her pies, cobblers, and Thanksgiving cornbread dressing. Peggy was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Sammie, an infant brother, and a young sister. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob, in 2011. She is survived by daughter Vicki Wolfe and her husband, Pat, of Longview, Texas; daughter Sandi Woolverton and her husband, Don, of Tulsa; granddaughter Leslie Simon and her husband, Kerry, of Salt Lake City, Utah; expected great-granddaughter Fama Simon, of Salt Lake; two step-granddaughters, Laura Aguilar and Emily Eads; and three step-great grandchildren, Megan and Alyssa Tabor and Ian Aguilar, all of Houston, Texas. Peggy is also survived by three sisters-in-law, May Long, Mary Lou Schnake, and Shirley Wallace; three nieces, Sue Boosa, Linda Roberts, and Debbie Brawley, and their families; and six nephews, Jim, Bob, and John Wallace, and Brian, Mike, and Pat Schnake, and their families. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 1, at 2:00 p.m., in Rowsey Memorial Chapel at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Private burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2130 W. Okmulgee, Muskogee, OK 74401, or Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), P. O. Box 1525, Muskogee, OK 74402. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee.