On Thursday, October 14, 2021, Peggy Smith, adored mother, grandmother, friend and storyteller passed away at the age of 73, at her home located on Vashon Island, Washington.
Peggy was born in Lubbock, Texas, to JT and Margory Ferguson. She is survived by her three daughters, Trevi Housholder, Tanya Brown (Neal) and Sarah Hamman (Korry). She loved being a grandmother to her nine grandchildren—Allison Brown, Joe Brown, Kaylee Brown, Jace Brown, Viviane Brown, Hunter Hamman, Patton Hamman, Sarah Loefler and Brittany Steiner. She also was blessed with five greatgrandchildren and the devoted son she chose as her best friend over the last decade of her life, Dan Housholder. She was pre-deceased by three previous husbands—Tremaine Winters, Thomas Howells and Mike Smith and her first daughter, Diana Miller. Tremaine was the love of her life and they married 11 days after meeting.
Peggy had a beautiful way of seeing the world and never let adversity hold her back. It was discovered that she was deaf in kindergarten. She always found a way to be the life of conversations and connect with strangers. She was a masterful salesperson whether she was selling cookware or giftware. She made lifelong friends wherever she went. She had a gift in making people feel important and loved.
Peggy had a naughty and fun spirit. She was the one toward which trouble always gravitated. Whether it was her teaching naughty words and phrases using sign language or lip syncing. She loved to dress up, create her own costumes and encouraged those around her to play along. You couldn’t resist her playful spirit. Her dearest friends, Cee Raymond, Mirk Richardson and Reyna Altman, are the story keepers of most of her adventures.
Her beautiful way of seeing the world was expressed through her art. She and Tremaine owned a commercial lettering art business in Canada. Growing up, she was always rolling out the craft paper for the kids to draw on. She painted daisies on pretty much everything, she did crafts, and everything she touched was made more special as a result. In her 60s, she discovered gel pens and created abstract art that friends and family loved. Interpretation of that art always made conversations fun. She was very proud of her 2016 gallery showing and sharing her passion with others.
Her family was at her center. They were her biggest accomplishment. Her legacy will live on through the many people she inspired and loved over the years. Peggy was known for her parties and we will be planning a celebration of life and love in all the places she lived—California, West Texas and Washington. A memorial service is planned at Island Funeral Service (18005 Vashon Highway, Vashon, WA) on Saturday, November 13, at 1pm.