Margaret "Peggy" Virginia Wise Hawkins, 79, ended this life's journey and began her peaceful, heavenly walk at her home while surrounded by loved ones Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
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She was born to loving parents, Joe and Mary Francis Wise on Nov. 18, 1934, in Elizabethtown. She was raised in a closely woven family of six brothers and two sisters, Everett, Raymond, Louis, James, Boss, Leon, Mary Ruth and Eva. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Peggy married her husband of 60 years, Ray, on Sept. 10, 1953. She gave birth to three children, William Richard Hawkins, Beverly Kay Stivers and Melissa Ann Lutz. She spent her life working hard to raise her three children and to serve her entire family. Her life was centered around her children and she was a wonderful mother. She was passionate about cooking, cleaning and caring for all those in need. She loved to be surrounded by family and friends and made sure they were welcomed and well fed before leaving her home.
As her family grew, her passion turned to loving her eight grandchildren, Marty Hawkins (Holly), Michael Satterfield (Angie), Josh Hawkins (Alecea), Brian Satterfield, Aaron Hawkins (Melissa), Ryan Lutz, Shane Stivers and Tyler Lutz. She later added nine beautiful great-grandchildren to her family circle of love. These great-grandchildren, Caden, Hunter, Raelee, Josie, Jordyn, Mason, Kennedy, Jackson and Davis, were the happiness that filled her heart and made her life complete.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mary Frances Wise; three brothers, Everett, Raymond and Louis; a sister, Mary Ruth Kilgus; a son-in-law, Bill Stivers; and a special friend, Betty Jean Chelf.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; a son, Rik; a special daughter-in-law, Sandy; two daughters, Kay and Melissa; a special son-in-law, David; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; three brothers, James, Boss and Leon Wise; a sister, Eva Smith; and a host of special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
"Peggy will forever remain in our hearts and leaves behind a legacy of love, strength and courage. She has touched more lives than one could imagine."
A celebration of Peggy's life is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Brothers Leon Chambers and Mike Burnett officiating.
Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. today and continues at 9 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial follows in Hardin Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions can be made in Peggy's name to Warm Blessings Soup Kitchen.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 23, 2014
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