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Peggy Renee Redding

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REDDING, PEGGY RENEE 53, died peacefully in her sleep on June 4 at her Orlando home after a long journey with breast cancer. She was a mother of two, a teacher, "Sasha the Singing Clown," and a devout and dedicated Catholic. Her community involvement ranged from cancer support advocacy to laughter and divorce ministries. Peggy was born on October 7, 1955. She obtained a BA in Geography from the USF in Tampa in 1976, and took graduate classes in Special Education at the UCF. A resident of the Orlando area since 1978, she taught in several schools in the area, including the past six years at Morning Star School for special needs children. Diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 1992, she was active as a long-term survivor with local support groups and received the 1998 Courage Award from the American Cancer Society Central Region. She successfully petitioned with the network to have October 13th proclaimed "Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day" by the City of Orlando. Active in local and national Catholic ministries, she was commissioned by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski as a lay minister in 2007. Her home parishes included St. Andrew and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Churches. She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia Payne and Robert Redding. She is survived by a son, John Ricardo, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a daughter, Wendy Randolph (Robert), of St. Petersburg, two sisters, Ann Kelly (John) of Tampa and Susan Anders (Robert) of Plant City, and three brothers, Michael
Redding of Temple Terrace, Terry Redding of Washington, DC, and Tom Redding (Amm)of Marble, North Carolina. A funeral mass is planned for noon on Wednesday, June 17, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4001 Edgewater Drive, Orlando (407-292-9556). A visitation will precede the mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Morning Star School or the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on June 14, 2009
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