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Peggy Louise Hays Copenhaver, 87, was born on Oct. 18, 1925 in Brownsville, Texas, to Hayden Orville Hays and Maude Ray Hays.

After a long battle with breast cancer, she was able to spend her final days at home surrounded by her family, and she went home to Jesus on Dec. 22, 2012.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Gloria Butler, Evelyn Hudson, and Hayden Hays; her husband, Kent Leroy Copenhaver, and her son, Kent Leroy Copenhaver, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Lee) Pattillo of South Padre Island, Cindy Copenhaver of Brownsville, Dana Roberts of Austin, Cary (Sammy) Montalvo of Brownsville, and Laurie (Lyle) Wells of McKinney; her grandchildren, Nancy (Howard) Mance, Pamela Pattillo, Sam (Lesley) Davila, Joshua Davila, Katelyn (Benjamin) Gonzalez, Erin Roberts, Leslie and Steven Montalvo, and Paige and Mitchell Wells; great-grandchildren, Joanna and Kyle Mance, and several nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Brownsville, Peggy graduated from Brownsville High School in 1942 and married her high school sweetheart, Kent, in 1943. They owned and operated Kent's ladies clothing. She finished an associate's degree at Texas Southmost College while raising her family and working full time. She also worked for the Texas Employment Commission in later years.

As a teen, Peggy was baptized at Central Christian Church where she remained an active member until her death.

Other interests included the Brownsville Study Club, bridge clubs, and her children's activities.

When Peggy retired, she became a world traveler and visited much of the U.S., Mexico, Thailand, Panama Canal, Israel, Virgin Islands, and many European nations. While not traveling, her hobbies were numerous. Her collections include decks of cards, eggs, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, shells, and antiques. She maintained a beautiful yard; she made sure the birds were always fed and delighted in watching the hummingbirds. She loved playing bridge, working jigsaw and crossword puzzles, watching "Jeopardy," and reading. Peggy was a talented seamstress and artist, but her greatest talent - and the one for which she was most well-known - was cooking. She always prepared a little bit of extra food in case Jesus Christ showed up for dinner. It is said the men who married Peggy's daughters did so for HER cooking!

The family expresses special thanks to Carlota Sanchez, Peggy's long-time caregiver and friend; their cousin, Carol Hudson, who has been available at all times to do whatever was needed; Drs. Mark Cua, Balesh Sharma, and Beverly Zavaleta, and Odyssey Hospice Care.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. and a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Central Christian Church, 1100 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78526.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church or to Sunshine Haven, P.O. Box 4478 Brownsville, TX 78523.

"I'll love you forever; I'll like you for always; as long as I'm living, my mother you'll be."

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to the Copenhaver family at www.darlingmouser.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Dec. 27, 2012
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