Peggy Ann Stevens

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  • "Connie, did not know your mom has passed away. My thoughts..."
    - Bill Williams
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It has been an extremely long year since your passing last summer. We cannot bear to allow this one year mark to pass without remembering your presence that was once so precious among us. From Bobby, Connie, and Ronnie.

Let us repeat that Peggy Ann Stevens was born in White Oak/Longview, Texas on January 16, 1935 to George Lafayette and Nova Viola Ward Speer and went to her Heavenly and Eternal Home to be joined with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 18, 2015 in Conroe Texas. Because her illness took an unexpected and sudden downturn, it was fortunate that all of her family was by her side in those very early morning hours. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Milton Speer, Charles Speer, and Wayne Speer, as well as devoted friends, Dinnie Sherrod, Dwilda Daw, Shirley Roan, Martha Huber, and Sally Hineman Dunaway, who all surely were together at heaven's gates to meet her. Peggy was survived by her husband of sixty years, Thomas "Bobby" Stevens of Conroe, TX, their twin children, son Ronald Eugene Stevens (Rosie) of Hollywood, FL and daughter Connie Elaine Stevens Hernandez (Bert) of Houston, TX, their grandchildren Steven Maxwell Stevens, Samantha Grace Stevens, and Emilee Ann Stevens, her beloved pet, "Cocoa", numerous other family members, and many friends. Peggy was laid to rest in the Conroe Memorial Park on July 21, 2015. Pallbearers were nephews George Speer, Don Ellisor, Larry Ivy, and Mike Rhodes as well as Willie Ben "Bill" Daw and Gary Daw. Honorary Pallbearers were James Stewart and James Lumpkin. The services were officiated by nephew, Rick Randall, and Bro. Merle Blado.

Peggy was truly a devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother, and loyal friend. Moving to Conroe at a young age, she grew up in Conroe's First Baptist Church and was a member of its "Encouragers" Sunday School Class at her death. She graduated from Conroe High School in 1953 and defended its title as the "BDCY" as she worked over the years with the reunion committee. In high school, Peggy was very involved but her favorite high school role was being an officer and a member of the Tiger marching band playing the French horn. After high school, Peggy met the love of her life, "Bobby", and they were married on January 20, 1955. They were blessed with a surprise set of twins just before the end of their first year of marriage.

Professionally, the one long term job of note that she held for over thirty years until retirement was with the Montgomery County District Clerk's Office, where she first held the title of Deputy District Clerk before she was later appointed and then repeatedly elected as the District Clerk until her retirement. She was a skilled office manager and her former employees still sing her praises. In fact, three of them, Bonnie, Sheila, and June, all made time to celebrate her last birthday with her. Peggy Stevens loved this position as she was fiercely patriotic and revered the halls of justice. She loved watching television including sit-coms and movies, but especially shows in the subject matter of criminal cases and law. Peggy also loved watching sports events on TV including the Oilers/Texans, the Rockets, and especially "her boys", the Astros, and supported each of them through both winning and losing seasons. Just a mere four hours before her death, the Astros brought the last smile to her face as it was announced that they had just broken a long losing streak.

Peggy was involved in the Monday Night Bowling League for over forty years which gave her an avenue to enjoy her love for traveling as she and her teammates traveled all over the state and nation to many WBIC state and national bowling tournaments. Peggy loved the town of Conroe and reaped satisfaction serving as a board member with the Montgomery County Heritage Museum. But there were two groups that gave her the most joy into her golden years. One was the Beta Sigma Phi sorority of which she claimed a part for several decades. This devoted group of ladies evolved into a monthly luncheon meeting whose members were still looking after Peggy up until her death. Another was the truly sacred Tuesday card playing night with The Girls; those of whom had been friends all of their lives including Dinnie Sherrod, Sally Hineman Dunaway, Shirley Roan, Margaret Ann Yocom, Joyce Beckwith, and Olene Heasley. With the loss of one by one, ending with Peggy's death and finally the move of another, sadly the survivors of this group has now disbanded and have had to heal on their own.

Few marriages endure up to a golden anniversary and beyond, but Peggy enjoyed sixty years with her husband, Bobby. In their later years, they loved casino trips to both Louisiana and Las Vegas, taking care of their darling apple-head Chihuahua, and a daily trip to a local restaurant for a late lunch. They especially looked forward and enjoyed the times when the entire family was together but those times were just too few.

Peggy Ann Stevens was blessed with many friends and the gift of social interaction as she worked to bring joy to others. She was ethical to her core, and she always believed in doing and saying the right thing. She has been greatly missed.

Published on from July 18 to July 31, 2016