Peggy Riggs Wildman
1931 - 2021
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WILDMAN, Peggy Riggs Peggy Jean Riggs Wildman, 89, of Dallas, Texas, died on March 21, 2021. She was born May 21, 1931 to Howard and Delilah Riggs of Wellington, Texas. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Wildman, and her older sister, Dorothy Jane Riggs. She is survived and missed by her sons David Wildman (Donna) and Phillip Wildman (Terry), her daughters Kelly Martin (Ed) and Suzy Smithson, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Peggy believed that education was the key to opportunities in life. After graduating from Wellington High School, she earned her undergraduate degree in education from Texas Technological University in Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Dallas and earned a master's degree in education from Southern Methodist University. With young David and Phillip in tow, she then moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend George Peabody College of Vanderbilt where she earned a doctorate in education. Professionally, Peggy was a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District, at University of North Texas and Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas. She also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in a number of positions. Peggy was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church and affiliated with several organizations throughout her lifetime. Dallas County Mental Health Assn, Zonta, United Way, Texas United Community Services, AARP and University Park Planning and Zoning Commission were a few of the organizations that she served. Peggy was an avid reader and enjoyed watching tennis. She took up bridge in her 80's and loved her band of bridge friends. She frequently made cheesecakes and her famous pralines to be distributed to family and friends. Peggy's sense of adventure took her to many foreign countries and she loved to parasail her last flight at age 80. Her family would like to thank Ms. Vulmara Torres, Dr. Michael Valachovic, Dr. Mark Millard and the late Dr. Mark Armstrong for their care during the last years of her life. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army, or the Gladney Center for Adoption.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Kelly, you made your Mom proud.
Love from Lynn and Bob Kuhn
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April 4, 2021
Peggy was a dear bridge friend. She was so fun and young at heart. Her compassion for others was truly inspiring. She loved life and her wonderful personality was contagious. Rest In Peace dear friend. Love, Barbara Smith
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