Peggy Marie Martin Meredith, our “Tudie Mom and Toot”, most graciously touched the hands of family and friends in God’s presence peacefully at 5 o’clock on Saturday morning, March 16, 2019. The family she affectionately adored was at home with her.
Peggy was raised in the faithful home of Jesse and Jessie Vera Templeton Martin, with sisters, Mary (Shepherd) and Elsie (Isaacs). She marched with the Betsy Band as a majorette, twirling fire batons at Cyclone games. She loved her home of Elizabethton and its people.
Peggy received her education in business from ETSU and was elected homecoming queen. She was married to her “Cowboy Farmer”, Lloyd Leo Meredith, Sr., who preceded her passing along with devoted sons, Lloyd Leo Meredith, Jr. and Martin Shane Meredith. Her daughter-in-law, Janet McKinney Meredith was the best fun that ever happened to her family. Her daughter and namesake, Vera Marie, remains to breathe life to the family that radiates the sunshines who are Weston Peters (Cameron), Meredith Marie Dunning (David), Jordan Peters (Madeleine), and Ethan Lloyd Meredith (Taylor). The JOYS of her legacy forever are Oliver Dash and Harper Wade with Quinn Shirlene and Mollie Marie. Her loyal brother, Frank Shepherd, traveled their memories most lived. A multitude of family forms a bond around her life always.
Peggy faithfully worshipped with her beloved church family at First Christian Church for 85 years of faith, hope and love. The “Prayer Pillow” is a legacy to share forever. Peggy calculated the years added to her adding machine at the Elizabethton Electric System (9), the Carter County Ford Family (41), Meredith Brothers Auto and most honorably the family matriarch of Meredith Valley Farm and Cabins (11). Loyally, she worked for 61 years beside those she loved.
Peggy loved music and stories from her era, rocking chairs, her Bible, reading, visiting the sick and shut-ins, crocheting aphgans, morning wake-up juice, oatmeal, butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, ice cream and boxing 22 cards for St. Jude Children’s Home.
A heart well lived expresses gratefulness to Julia Geneva Strazay, Dr. Kenny Hopland and family, Amedisys and Kelsey Frazier with Caris Care for the love and care shown.
A “Gathering of an Honored Life” will be conducted on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Hathaway Percy Funeral and Cremation Services. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 PM with Mr. Michael Klaus, Mr. John H. Smith and Mr. David Siebenaler, ministers officiating.
A united graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Laying her to rest will be Weston, Meredith, Jordan, Ethan, David, Cameron, Oliver, Harper, Quinn, Mollie, Arvel McKinney, Phil Isaacs, Bill Shepherd, Jimmy Aldridge, Gary Simerly and Steve Burrough. Honorary pallbearers will be the families of Mary Shepherd and Elsie Isaacs, the Meredith and Martin families, the Broad Street neighborhood, Doug Wilson and the car lot, First Christian Church and her Ford and farm families. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 am on Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Life is a breath to “pass it on” through giving. In honor of her giving life to so many, please pass JOY forward to someone today. Requests for giving in her honor may be shared with First Christian Church, 513 Hattie Avenue, Elizabethton, TN, 37643 or to the charity of your choice.
May JOY radiate the sunshine of your soul today and always.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.hathawaypercy.com . Hathaway-Percy Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the Meredith family. Office: (423) 543-5544