Peggy Thompson Wheeler
August 25, 1927 - February 11, 2021
Peggy Thompson Wheeler, 93, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2021 at the LifeCare Center of New Port Richey. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she attended Wylam High School. She left high school in her junior year to go to work since her father and brother were serving in WWII. She spent most of her work life as a switchboard operator, working for Bell Telephone, the University Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital. She later worked at the VA Hospital as a mail clerk and a pharmacy technician. While working as a mail clerk, she received an award for redesigning the cart used to deliver mail to make it more efficient. Peggy spent most of her life in the Birmingham area, while living short periods of time in Rhode Island and California. She spent 14 years in Florida in her retirement.
Peggy was a long time member of Garywood Assembly of God Church, and she particularly enjoyed her Sunday School Class at Eden Westside Baptist Church. She loved to crochet, play bingo, walk, do word search puzzles and play computer. She liked growing roses and bird watching. She enjoyed participating in charity walk-a-thons. Peggy was a gracious, independent woman, who was considered a “sweetheart” by all who knew her. Her loving spirit and beautiful smile will be remembered by all who knew her.
Peggy is survived by her daughters, Dianne Cox-Weiss, Kathy Staggs, Dondi Bowden and Renee’ Wheeler; grandchildren, Damon, Michael and L.J. Cox, Jonathan Parker, Matthew and Luke Bowden, Jessica Wright and Christopher Pearson; and great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Reagan, Noah, Olivia, Lauren and Kinsey Cox, Eulahia Wright, and Jack Bowden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Nellie Thompson; her brother, Paul; and her daughter, Faith Staggs.
A private memorial will be held at Valhalla Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.