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Peggy Jean Thompson
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On September 20, 2017, Peggy Jean Thompson went home to her Lord. She passed away peacefully in the comfort of her own home and surrounded by love. She was born July 27, 1928, to William C. “Bill” and Mary Harris in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The youngest of three, Peggy is survived by her sisters, Geneva Saults (North Little Rock) and Marion Hall (Benton).

In October 1951, Peggy met the love of her life, Frank James Thompson, whom she married on Thanksgiving Day six weeks later. They were happily married for 25 years before his death in 1977. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my strength” was true for them both, and they dearly loved their home on Indian Mountain, where their daughters and grandsons still live.

They are survived by their two daughters, Mary Jean Daniel (John) and Melissa Jo Saltsman (Michael). Peggy loved her girls and that they both lived near her. She taught them to pray and showed them by her example what it means to be a Christian. Peggy gave them a love of reading and through that, the gift of an extensive vocabulary, articulate communication, and an appreciation for travel.

Peggy is also survived by her pride and joy, her grandsons, Luke James Nichols and Adam Charles Nichols. They loved spending time with her. Luke especially enjoyed driving Grandma to the top of the mountain so they could watch the sunset and discuss life. Adam shared her love of old music and they spent many hours enjoying listening to old albums on her Magnavox stereo. Peggy was their ever-present beloved rock.

Another of Peggy’s joys was serving. A faithful member of Park Place Baptist, she served as committee member, choir member, and Sunday School teacher for the Singles 55+ class she helped create.

Peggy served as a PTA officer all the time her girls were in school – serving as local President and on the District PTA Committee. A gifted public speaker, she was confident addressing any group. Peggy was a Girl Scout leader for many years, remaining close to the girls she led. She also worked in student banking for ABT and as a home room mother.

Her favorite, and chosen, “career” was a homemaker. She outlined this in her senior theme at North Little Rock HS in 1946. She did work as secretary for her husband’s business on occasion and after his passing became owner and operator of Buffalo Stone Corporation until the age of 72. She was smart and savvy in an industry dominated by men.

Peggy enjoyed word games of all kinds – always enjoying expanding her vocabulary. She dearly loved music – often singing along with music from her youth and church hymns.

Peggy was a 48 year breast cancer survivor and fought courageously against Parkinson’s disease.

Peggy also leaves behind her nephew, Chuck Saults of North Little Rock; nieces, Kathy Hall of Los Angeles, and Rebecca Floyd (Dennis) of Springdale; step-grandchildren, Justine Taylor (Noah) of West Point, NY and their daughter, Lily; Calen Daniel of Columbus, Ohio; her beloved caregivers, Traci Plummer and Angela Churchwell, and a host of friends. It was often commented that she had the most widely varied group of friends people had ever seen.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; and her nephew, Gregory Hall.

Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Coy Sample officiating.

Burial will follow at Crestview Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Luke Nichols, Adam Nichols, John Daniel, Michael Saltsman, Angela Churchwell, Traci Plummer, Shelbi McCarty, and Violet Whisman

Memorials may be made to The Caring Place.

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