Peggy Ann Chandler of Columbus, Mississippi, peacefully passed away on September 26, 2020. A graveside memorial service will be Friday, November 27, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Mt. Vernon Church Cemetery with Pastor Jeff James officiating. Mrs. Chandler was born to the late John Wesley and Robbie Bickerstaff on November 19, 1934, in Vernon, Alabama. Peggy graduated from Lamar County High School in 1954. She married the late Winston Ray Chandler on December 20, 1954, and they lived together in Columbus, MS for 42 years. She had a very successful work history while working in a pediatricianís office for years. In 1973, she began working at Mississippi University for Women in the Book Store. She later transitioned to the Post Office where she retired after 24 years of service to The W. She was a longtime member of Mount Vernon Church and a loyal Pink Lady through the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle Volunteer Auxiliary. Peggy was a wonderful cook. She spent countless hours in the kitchen cooking for her family, relatives, and friends. She also spent many summers canning and freezing a variety of vegetables from Winstonís garden. Peggy was immeasurably proud of her family. She was the happiest when preparing wonderful Southern meals for those she loved. You were a blessed person to have been gifted a coconut or chocolate cake or possibly a lemon pie from Peggy Chandler. Though she will be missed terribly, we smile knowing her life was lived to the fullest! She left us wonderful stories of her childhood at the old home place in Vernon, and we now cherish the memories of her committed and constant nurturing she gave to her family home in New Hope. We have wonderful, joyous memories, and we are so much better because of her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Chandler is preceded in death by her husband, Winston; her sister, Linda Bickerstaff Butler; and Lindaís son, Michael Ridgeway. Peggy is survived by her two children, Mitzi Carol Green and her husband, Tom, of Columbus, and John David Chandler and his wife, Kristie, of Birmingham; and four grandchildren, Patty Ann Bogue and her husband, Bobby, Madison Rose Bishop and her husband, William, Christopher Byrne Chandler and John Wesley Chandler. The family would like to express great appreciation to the staff at The Windsor Place for the loving care shown to her. Contributions can be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 or Mount Vernon Church, 200 Mt. Vernon Road, Columbus, MS 39702.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on November 22, 2020
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