A Life Lived: Peggy Moore loved her church and school families
Published 12:37 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2023
BY ROZELLA HARDIN
Peggy Sue Moore died Nov. 2 after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. “She chose to live her last days with confidence and make memories with her children and friends. She faced her diagnosis with bravery, confidence and joy, and each day she asked God to make it good,” shared her daughter, Beth Moore.
Among the things she packed in that brief time was a trip to the beach.
Peggy worked 20 years as secretary-bookkeeper at West Side Elementary School in Elizabethton and later as a library assistant for six years at Elizabethton High School. “She loved working at West Side and knew most of the students by name. Mom took a special interest in the students, and the parents knew that Mom would take extra care of their children. She had a special relationship with the children,” said Beth, who works with the Tennessee Baptist Convention in Nashville and has served on the mission field.
Peggy is also mother to Christy Moore of Kingsport, and has two granddaughters, Malana Griffey and McKinley Griffey.
Peggy was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church. “She loved her church. It was very dear to her heart,” said Beth.
She served the church as clerk for 15 years and was on the kitchen committee, hosting social activities. Peggy especially enjoyed Vacation Bible School and helped start a hot meal program for VBS students. “This grew out of her love for children and seeing the need for children to have a good meal during the summer months when they were out of school. Many of them got a meal to take home as well,” said Beth.
While she was working at West Side Elementary, Peggy worked with the pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church to do backpacks for the children.
Peggy had a special love for missions, and she went on several mission trips with the church – two stateside to Sault St. Marie and Pontiac, Mich. She also went with her church on three mission trips to Malta.
When not working or enjoying a church activity, Peggy did cross-stitching and reading. When her children and grandchildren were around, she enjoyed going places and doing things with them. “She left us a lot of memories…and cross stitch pieces,” shared Beth, and we imagine a smile was behind those remarks.
Peggy had a couple of special friends, Martha White and Judy Thompson. “She and Judy were bosom buddies and they went to a lot of Elizabethton High School football and basketball games. They also attended church together, and just had a lot of fun when they were together,” said Beth.
She added that another favorite activity was attending her nieces’ dance recitals.
Holidays were special to Peggy, especially Christmas. “We had a Family Game Night, and one of the games we played was Charades. Mom couldn’t play the game very well, but she was the star of the game because she was just a hoot. We had a lot of laughs and fun, and those times provided us with a lot of good fun memories,” said Beth.
“What really was important to Mom was her church, her school family, and her girls. She loved the Lord, and now she is with Him,” said Beth.
Her heart was children and missions. These were the loves of her life, and she gave freely of her love.