Peggy Ann Watson Denison went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. She reunited with her husband and best friend Pete at 11:55 p.m., just five minutes before their 52nd wedding anniversary.
The middle child of Cecil and Ozelle (Robeson) Watson, Peggy was born in Enville, Okla., on Nov. 27, 1939. Both of her beloved parents preceded her in death, as well as, her cherished brothers Cecil Jr. and Billy Ray; and sister Charlene.
As a young child, Peggy's family moved to Thackerville where she spent her youth. After graduating from Thackerville High School, Peggy moved to Ardmore where she worked as an operator for the Bell Telephone Company. In 1959, Peggy was introduced to Pete by a mutual friend at Godwin's Roller Rink. On Aug. 8, 1961, she and Pete exchanged wedding vows. Throughout her life, Peggy devoted herself to making a loving home and caring for her family.
Always willing to give something new a try, Peggy decided to attend cosmetology school after watching a dear friend who was a cosmetologist. She enjoyed her career until her retirement. Early in their marriage, Peggy took up fishing to share in her husband's interest and ended up enjoying it as much as he did. Their love of fishing turned into an annual tradition of camping at the lake with her brother Bill. This tradition later grew into an event that the extended family enjoyed over 35 years. Bowling was another of Peggy's interests. Peggy bowled on several women's leagues at both Ken Cliff and Ten Pin Lanes where she made lifelong memories and friends.
Peggy enjoyed life. She was very competitive and played to win. Family and friends knew she would be a tough opponent whether she was playing cards, dominos, horseshoes, basketball or bowling. Peggy loved to have fun. Countless hours were spent playing games, enjoying football game parties and just visiting with people who dropped by. She loved to watch old movies especially westerns, but never alone. Her favorites were John Wayne and James Garner, something she shared with her movie partner and granddaughter Emilee. Sewing, gardening, decorating and cooking her family's favorite dishes were also interests she enjoyed, although her great passion was spending time with those she loved.
Peggy's outlook on life was always positive. She often used the phrase, "A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do," which was coined by her granddaughter. Although Peggy didn't realize it, she touched many lives as she went through treatments for cancer. Doctors, nurses, staff and patients were inspired by her warm smile, gentle nature and positive attitude. She gave her best in whatever she did and was a fighter to the end.
She was a member of Southwest Baptist Church and was instrumental in starting the Southwest Baptist Alzheimer's Support Group. Her goal was to start a support group for cancer survivors once she had completed her own treatments. Peggy will be forever remembered by all who knew her.
Peggy is survived by her children Mark and Dina Denison; granddaughter Emilee; brother Rudy Watson and wife, Sandy; sisters Frances Perry and husband, Hubert and Donna Hill and husband, Jack, all of Texas. Peggy is also survived by numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, as well as, many dear friends.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 this evening at Harvey Douglas Funeral Home. A celebration of Peggy's life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Harvey Douglas Centennial Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Brad Taylor. Burial will follow in the Crinerville Cemetery, southwest of Ardmore.
Nephews Jerry Perry, Michael Gustafson, Greg Watson, Jeff Mainka, Larry Butler and family friend Tracy Garrison will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Baptist Alzheimer's Support Group or Faith Hospice of Norman.
Condolences may be made online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.