Peggy Priest Phelps, November 21, 1929 - July 8, 2017
Peggy Priest Phelps, of Kosse, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Providence Hospice in Waco, at age 87.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Kosse, with Rev. Dr. Rita Sims officiating, and music provided by Mrs. Kelley Young. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rex Black, Jack Foshee, Eddie Christiansen, Allen Long, Bradley Milstead, David Hill, James Railsback, and Bobby Joe Suttle. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Kelly, Melvin Lloyd, Steve Lloyd, and Brooks Valls.
Peggy was born November 21, 1929 to Paul and Margaret Probst in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from North Little Rock High School and attended the University of Arkansas. She was a cheerleader in both high school and college.
Peggy worked many years for Dow Chemical in Houston as a draftsman. She enjoyed playing bridge, and during that pursuit, she became acquainted with another bridge player, Lyndon Phelps.
Peggy and Lyndon were united in marriage on November 5, 1983 in Houston. Together they continued to enjoy playing bridge, and traveling all over the United States and several foreign countries playing in competition bridge tournaments. Peggy earned the status of Life Master in American Contract Bridge.
After five years in Houston, Peggy and Lyndon built a home in Kosse, and were able to take care of both of their mothers there. Moving from River Oaks to small town Kosse was a big change at first, but once Peggy had lived in Kosse she would not have wanted to live anywhere else. She and Lyndon continued to play bridge, traveling to Waco and Temple several times a week as well as their longer distance travel playing in tournaments.
Whatever Peggy chose to work on, she put her whole effort into the job. Whether she was playing to win at bridge, or laying the patio at their home in Kosse with Kosse, Groesbeck and Mexia bricks, or even cooking for Lyndon or company, she always accomplished her job with great results. She loved to cook and was an outstanding cook. She became an expert quilter, piecing and lap quilting many quilts for home, and she also donated quilts for fundraisers for the Kosse Methodist Church Bazaars. She would have the quilt in her lap while watching television with her poodle puppy between her feet or sitting on her shoulders to “watch and help.”
Peggy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kosse and loved her church family.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Margaret Probst; her first husband, Gerald Priest; niece, Peggy Probst; and her brother M.J. Probst.
Peggy is survived by her husband, Lyndon Phelps of Kosse; sister, Paula Stanley of Kosse; sister-in-law, Wynell Phelps of Pasadena; nephews, Patrick Stanley, Minor Stanley, Jason and Jacqueline Probst, Steve and Jana Phelps, Ken and Alicia Phelps and Ed and Camille Christiansen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ebenezer Cemetery P.O. Box 21 Kosse, TX 76653 or charity of choice.
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