Peggy Maxine (Rowden) Daugherty, 92, was born Jan. 27, 1921, to Robert and Belle (Tremaine) Rowden in Myerstown, Mo., and passed away Oct. 31, 2013, in Ash Flat, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, E.L. Daugherty; her daughter, Judy Daugherty Dixon; and her sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Daugherty) Driesel; her grandchildren, Glenna Adovasio, Doug Driesel Sr., Robert Driesel, David Klotz and Lori Floyd; nine great-grandchildren, Joseph, Doug, Jr., Ian, Christopher, Jessica, Jacob, Adam, Lorin and Braden; two great-great grandchildren, Chandler and Adrian; as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved her.
Peggy went to Dixon High School and was the Dixon High School Queen. She was also valedictorian of her class. She met and married E.L. Daugherty and moved to Crocker, Mo. During their early years, after the birth of their daughter, Beverly, they moved to San Marcus, Texas, where her love of Texas began. Upon their return to Crocker, Mo., they had the opportunity to move to a little village called Raymondville, Mo., where they lived and raised their daughters. Peggy worked in the Bank of Raymondville and was a member of the Blue Heaven Club for many years. She enjoyed travel, and she and E.L. traveled to New York City, Hawaii, Seattle, Houston, Texas and many other places. They eventually built a home in Mountain Home, Ark., where her love of Arkansas and Norfork Lake began.
Peggy and E.L. always returned to Raymondville, a town they loved. They decided to retire there so they sold their home on the lake and lived in Raymondville until E.L.’s death. Peggy then moved to Houston, Mo., where she lived with her daughter, Judy, until Judy’s death. With her health continuing to decline, she moved to Ash Flat, Ark., one of her adopted states, and was close to her family in Arkansas until her death. Keeping in line with her early years, Peggy was third runner-up in the Eagle Crest Nursing Home Beauty Pageant in 2012. She was chosen by her friends there to compete in the pageant, representing her wing. She enjoyed not only that event but was active in the other events at Eagle Crest as well, including Bible study, morning devotional, bingo and many other activities.
Peggy was described by family and friends as one of the most wonderful women you would ever meet. She was selfless, putting others before herself –– always. She loved to cook and as one of her family members describes her, “If you didn’t sit at her table like a starving man, then she thought you were sick.” She was an excellent cook and never turned anyone away from her table. She loved to watch her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they did various school and professional things. She traveled as far away as San Antonio, Texas, to Houston, Texas, to Chicago, Ill., as well as attended many local events to support her family. She supported all her family’s endeavors with her infectious laugh and smile, always clapping her hands. She loved music and loved to play cards but most of all she loved her family and friends.
Peggy will be greatly missed by those she left behind, but she is being well received by those that went ahead of her. She is young again, in our Father’s arms, preparing a place for us. And there is no doubt she will be putting us before herself, even in Heaven. We Love You!
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lions Club Leader Dog Program in her Memory. Her great-grandson, Chris Driesel, is a recipient of a Leader dog named Rebel through this program.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7, at Evans Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Vollmar Cemetery in Raymondville, Mo. Pallbearers are Denny Thomason, Terry Kell, Roger Holder, Joseph Adovasio, Doug Driesel, Jr., Ian Driesel, Chris Driesel, Adam Klotz, Braden McKnight and Jacob Driesel. To make online condolences please visit www.evansfh.com.