Peggy Ann Stephens
To Mrs. Peggy Ann Stephens, the entire world was a stage. An
expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer
in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be
eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose
life she touched. For Peggy, bringing out the best in any situation was
as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye.
And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant
of emotions. Peggy really mastered the art of living and had great fun
in doing so.
Peggy was born on July 17, 1946 at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents were George and Billie Basil. Peggy was raised in Hazel Park, Michigan. Her father and grandmother descendants of the old country of Lebanon, even as a child, Peggy had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.
a good playmate, Peggy was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to
lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She
seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense
situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense,
Peggy managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Peggy
was raised with one sibling. She had a younger sister, Lynn Basil (setter) .
All of Peggy's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Peggy experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked to read books and work on crossword puzzles. Peggy's memorable achievements included being a Spelling Bee Champion.
Ask anyone who knew her from
school and they would tell you that Peggy was a class “cut-up.” She
didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Peggy
simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and
acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Peggy,
grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really
did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Peggy's best
teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical”
approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Peggy
graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1964. She enjoyed some
courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her
favorite classes in high school were English and World History. As a
star member of the debate team, Peggy won a trip to New York.
never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She
was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable
and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality
allowed Peggy to continually develop new relationships, ever widening
her circle of friends. Peggy delighted in her role among all her
acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for
her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain
fooling around, Peggy was always right at home putting on a show among
her friends. Peggy utilized her interest in others as a great way to
connect with them. She became friends with Patricia Spencer, Rose
Johnson, and Marilyn Meredith. Peggy loved sharing life and having her
home filled with people she knew.
The gift of being
emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Peggy very easy
to approach. On June 16, 1969 Peggy married Rollie Lee Stephens in a
ceremony at the Justice of the Peace in Highland Park, Michigan She
tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to
other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
Perhaps the reason Peggy related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Peggy was blessed with two children, a daughter, Tammy Renee, and a son Rollie Everette. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Benjamin Hayes and Little Rollie Joseph. Peggy had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Peggy's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Peggy had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
work, as in life, Peggy was a real “people person. ” she had a very
successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm
and energy was often contagious. Peggy liked to see herself as
something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and
problems, Peggy was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and
trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer.
Peggy's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around
her to see Peggy as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation
was in Institutional Research. She was employed for 33 years at Wayne
County Community College.
Peggy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Peggy liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were reading books, playing computer games, crossword puzzles, and playing cards, but her main hobby was cooking. Peggy was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.
felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best,
Peggy loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and
the pleasure of being around other people. Peggy relished the
opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push
herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the
basics, Peggy never seemed to get caught off guard, even when
confronted with unexpected conflict. Peggy was also something of a
sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the
opportunity. Tops on her list were Basketball, Golf, and Boxing.
A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Peggy often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Outspoken in her beliefs, yet tactful in her dealings with others, Peggy was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the NAACP. Politically, Peggy was a Democrat.
Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Peggy recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of the Baptist faith.
Peggy believed that you had to
experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that
day finally arrived in 2004, Peggy took it in stride as one more way to
have fun. Her new life involved relocating to Oak Park, Michigan.
With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life,
Peggy remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found
new pleasure in taking care of her mother and her great aunt and uncle.
Even in retirement, Peggy continued to stay in touch with her old
friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new
acquaintances as well.
Peggy passed away on December 14,
2009 at home in Oak Park, Michigan. Peggy died unexpectedly from a
heart attack. She is survived by her husband, Rollie, her children,
Tammy Renee and Rollie Everette (Leslie) ; her grandchildren Benjamin
and Little Rollie; her sister, Lynn (Bob); and her mother Billie.
A gathering will be Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 12 Noon at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Rd. (S. Of 18 Mile Rd.), Clinton Township, Michigan.
Peggy brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Mrs. Peggy Ann Stephens lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.
I know that you are probably says what does all of this have to do with Tammy's journey. Well, I'll tell you. My Mother was very smart and she knew a lot about the power of fruits and vegetables. She provided an abundance of natural foods in our household. there was hardly every any canned, packaged or processed foods on our dinner table.
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