Services to honor and celebrate the life of Peggy Sue Davis will be 10:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2022 at RiverCrest Chapel and Event Center. There will be a reception for family and close friends immediately following the service.
The family will greet friends Friday evening from 5-8:00 pm.
Born December 6, 1952, in Clinton, Oklahoma, Peggy was the daughter of Madison Lindsey and Ethel Gertrude (Miller) Stockton. The baby of five children, Peggy’s earliest years were spent in Butler, Oklahoma, but the Stockton’s made Bixby their home when Peggy was in the third grade. It was during her first days in Bixby schools that Peggy made lifelong friends with some special girls. These friends would remain strongly connected and even raised their children together. They spent so much time together that this new generation of children grew up believing they were cousins. (And would even fight when someone disagreed).
The Stockton’s operated a laundry mat in Bixby and quickly became engrained in the community. In addition to serving as a place where people could accomplish a needed task, it also served as a hub for the Stockton’s and for all who were their family and friends. This environment of hospitality spread to the Stockton’s home too. Peggy’s friends remember being at her house quite often and even remember asking Peggy if her mom might start locking the door? Peggy replied, “She hasn’t yet, and I don’t think she will start now.” It’s interesting to note that Peggy’s house became that welcoming and safe place as she had her son, Josh, and he began having friends over.
Listening to her friends tell the story, it’s quite the accomplishment that any of these girls graduated from high school. It seems they skipped as much as they attended. Although they admit that if any, of them, were rule-followers it was Peggy. In fact, they had to learn to omit most of the details before Peggy would agree to join in their adventures. I’m quite sure that Peggy’s naivety allowed her to experience things she otherwise would not have! While in school, Peggy played basketball for the Spartans. She also played soccer and was part of the adult league that emerged in Bixby. She was team Wonder Women. And quite a woman she was!
Following high school, Peggy considered becoming a flight attendant. It was quickly determined by her fear of flying, claustrophobia, and unwillingness to remove her seatbelt that she was not well suited for this labor. Luckily, she found employment with Shell Oil and spent a wonderful career there in finance. In fact, she worked there for more than thirty years with perfect attendance. She never took a sick day. Can you imagine taking vacation to have your baby?! She retired from Shell Oil but continued to work for many years with First Data Corporation and The Muscogee Creek Nation at their Riverspirit Casino and Events Center.
Motherhood was likely the highlight of Peggy’s life. She had one rather arguably spoiled son, Josh, whom she loved unconditionally and he, in return, loved her just the same. These two were definitely meant for one another and a movie could probably be made of their life together that would bring many laughs and many tears. She always supported his endeavors and often visited and cared for animals on his farm; even delivering twin kids in his absence one birthing season.
Josh tells the story of his mother being his alarm clock until the age of 40 when he finally told her he thought he could handle it. To return the favor, he made many 2:30 a.m. calls to his mom when he was feeling ‘extra lovey’. As technology progressed, he would even activate Facetime and have the entire group of his friends engaged in those calls.
Josh was well loved by Peggy, but in his eyes, he had a little bit of competition with his cousin, Jeremy, whom Josh referred to as Peggy’s ‘golden child’. It seemed that Jeremy could get away with a little more than Josh and even got to go on some shopping trips with Peggy that Josh was not invited to. Jeremy’s mother Julie also held a special place in Peggy’s heart and life. Peggy was always there for Julie and was certainly instrumental in her life.
Peggy’s reach was far, but she was certainly close to her sister, Linda, too. There was only a short thirteen-month span between the two and they certainly shared a special bond. As adults there was a time they even lived next door to one another. They had their children only five days apart from one another and Peggy’s son, Josh, would grow up in close proximity to his ‘twin-cousin’, Katy. It seemed that no matter what came toward these four – they seemed to be able to handle it together! Peggy was brokenhearted losing Linda a few years ago. It seemed she and Katy always had a deep bond and that bond only strengthened. Although, Peggy did declare that Katy seemed to be getting a little ‘clingy’ of late.
A woman with a great sense of humor, Peggy has also been described as loving, kind, gentle, compassionate, sweet, non-judgmental, and determined. She tried to see the good in everyone and opened her home and heart to many family and friends. She was also grateful and thankful for those who were a part of her life and story.
When she wasn’t working, Peggy enjoyed going to garage sales and sharing her finds with her family. She also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Biloxi, and Shreveport. Once casinos popped up locally, she was sure to find an advantage to that convenience. Peggy also had a heart for the welfare of animals and was active in both Animal and Human Rights campaigns. As a result, she showered love to all kinds of animals through the years. She was most attached to her latest pups, Casper and Bruiser.
In retirement, Peggy devoted much of her time to locating, documenting, and linking graves. This seemed odd to many and was the subject of a few jokes, but it seems just like Peggy to want to help others and connect others to their family and friends. Her good friend, Sharon, recalls a memorable trip to a prison cemetery in which trustees from the prison were enlisted to help find a grave for their loved one, out-of-state.
Peggy will be remembered as meticulous. She will be remembered for her unexpected humor, her faith, and her integrity. She will not be remembered as a wonderful cook, but she will be remembered as a lover of people. Her presence will undoubtedly be missed by all who knew her and loved her. It will take a host of family and friends to carry on her legacy. It is with their acts of kindness and compassion that Peggy’s life will continue to have quite the impact!
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