Peggy "MiMi" Peacock
Peggy "MiMi" Peacock
June 9, 1943 - May 18, 2017
Peggy “MiMi” Peacock, 73, of Beaumont, died Thursday,
May 18, 2017, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She
grew up on Central Drive, attending Dick Dowling Elementary and later Beaumont
Central high school where she performed with the Royal Purples Drill Team. The
year of her graduation her father, C.A. "Red" Chriswell, presented
her as a Princess in the Neches River festival.
She had a very close
relationship with her mother, Mary Etna Chriswell, and she followed in her
footsteps, pursuing a degree in elementary education. Like her mother, she was
an extraordinarily gifted and creative teacher to her 2nd grade classes. While
attending Lamar, she became an ADPi sister, making many lifelong friends. She
became deeply involved in the sorority and took on many advisory positions
after graduating to help support the girls in the Delta Beta chapter for over
forty years. It was during her time at Lamar that she met the man she would
spend fifty years with, raising a family of three beautiful girls.
She had an eye for
interior design, and her artistic flair was reflected in her beautifully
decorated home. Her painted bird houses, along with many of her other
decorative creations, helped put her signature touch throughout out the house.
Her daughters would
inherit her love of dancing and attended the Marsha Woody Academy of Dance for
several years. Later Peggy would spend her Friday nights cheering for them as
they performed on the West Brook Stars Drill team. She was active in the Junior
Forum for many years and, along with her husband, participated in the annual
Follies at the Jefferson theater.
As her children grew up
and started their own families, she became the ultimate grandmother, being
dubbed "Mimi” by her first granddaughter. She loved taking her
grandchildren out for shopping and treats. As the number of grandchildren grew,
she hosted sleepovers and fun activities at her house, creating an
extraordinarily close relationship between the children and herself.
Peggy was very family
oriented, loving to get together with her sisters, brother, nieces and nephews
at her mother's house for holidays and special occasions. She continued that
tradition with her children, making every holiday a “big production” that
gathered everyone together for good food and to reconnect with each other.
Peggy married Robert
Peacock at the age of 23. Their bond was unusually strong, and their love for
each other spanned over five decades. They balanced each other completely, with
her daring and creativity evened out by his logic and planning. This perfect
combination allowed them to experience life to the fullest. They loved to
travel, and took many memorable trips as both a family and a couple. When
Peggy’s health began to limit her independence and mobility, Robert became her
caretaker, ensuring she still got to go to the salon to get her hair and nails
done. In this day and age, a love like theirs is rare, and they exemplified
what marriage ought to be for those around them.
Peggy is preceded in
death by her parents, Charles and Mary Etna Chriswell, her sisters, Mary Ann
Jones and Jo Ann Cain, and her oldest daughter Kelley Renee’ Peacock. She is
survived by her husband Robert Peacock, daughter Shanon Welch and husband Greg,
daughter Karrie Dillon, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She
showered them all with so much love, they'll have full hearts until they see
A gathering of
Mrs. Peacock’s family and friends will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her
funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Broussard’s,
with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.