Peggy Halley Bivins Szafir

July 02, 1928 - August 21, 2019

Peggy Bivins Szafir

Our mother, wife, gran and friend, Peggy Halley Bivins Szafir, left our presence on August 21, 2019, and is in the presence of her Heavenly Father and others of her family and friends.

A longtime resident of Beaumont, Peggy was a graduate of Lamar University and had a long and wonderful career as an elementary school teacher. She loved her students and often said that she would have taught without pay. She was a member of the South Park Teacher Association, Texas Teachers Association and the National Teachers Association. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and PEO International, organizations that celebrated the advancement of women in education. She was a strong woman who always supported other women!

Peggy was a private person, but a powerful force in the lives of those she loved. From the “beach bunch” to her tennis partners, she cherished her friends and was always the consummate hostess. But her best was always for her family. We all were blessed immeasurably by her generosity, her unconditional love, her cooking and her always happy demeanor.

Mom was preceded in death by her husbands, Bert Bivins and Alex Szafir; her parents, Meata and Mack Halley; and sisters, Leona, Maxie, Bea, and Doris. She is survived by her sons, David (Carol) and Randy (Terri); grandchildren, Zach Bivins, Jessie Bivins, Patrick Bivins (Allison), Kayce Bivins Goff (Ryan), Katie Bivins Abbie (Justin) and Sammi Bivins Adams (Jeremy); along with great-grandchildren, Bo Abbie, Jackson Bivins and Colt Bivins.

Peggy was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where she taught the Bible to young people and adults alike. She became a member at Calder Baptist Church in 1996 and loved her church family there until her graduation to Heaven.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Diane Christianson at Calder Woods for her graciousness during mom’s stay there, and especially to her care givers Diane McNeal, Florence and Terral. Mom truly loved them all!

A gathering of Mrs. Szafir’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with her memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2019, at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.






Gathering of Family and Friends
Calder Baptist Church
1005 N. 11th Street Beaumont, TX 77702
Friday, August 30, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Service
Calder Baptist Church
1005 North 11th Street Beaumont, TX 77702
Friday, August 30, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Family Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (4)

  • Peggi Jones Holtzclaw

    24 August 2019 at 12:52 | #

    David and Randy, I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful mother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am your cousin in Macon Ga.


  • Emily Wickler

    24 August 2019 at 07:46 | #

    My prayers are with you all. Mrs Bivins made an impression and life impact on myself and many other people. I had the best teacher in 5th grade at Bingman Elementary! She truly loved teaching and loved her family more.
    God's blessings to you all
    Emily Madaffri Wickler


  • Greig Woddail

    23 August 2019 at 19:10 | #

    So very sorry to hear about Peggy. I and Jan always thought of Peggy as a sweet, beautiful and classy lady. Always enjoyed seeing her and walking with her when she was at the St.E Wellness Center. Prayers for Randy, Terri and entire family.


  • Kent shaffer

    23 August 2019 at 02:52 | #

    Randy and Terri, my thoughts are with you. God has bless Peggy's soul and may he keep blessing you too. I miss and love you both....


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