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Peggy Sue Wattinger

Obituary for Peggy Sue Wattinger

July 2, 1941 - July 6, 2018
Del Valle, Texas | Age 77

Obituary

Peggy Sue Wattinger passed away peacefully on Friday July 6, 2018 in her home in Del Valle, Texas at the age of 77.

Peggy was born on July 2, 1941 with twin Patsy Crossno, In Arkansas, to Frank and Avis Rigsby. Peggy worked as a licensed Cosmetologist and was promoted to a manager and lead instructor at A&C Beauty College until she retired due to medical reasons in 1971. Peggy met Ronald a sailor in the US Navy in 1964 in San Diego, CA. and in August of 1965 she married Ronald Kent Wattinger. Ronald's last Navel assignment moved them to Beeville, Texas until he left the Navy. Ronald and Peggy relocated back to Austin before eventually moving to Del Valle in 1977.

Peggy was a loving mother and Grandmother and was known a "MiMi", "Grandma", and "Mom" by so many. She never met any child that she did not want love and was always willing to help all children. Peggy loved it when all of her Grandchildren would come up and snuggle with her, play games, or just being around her and Grandpa filling their house with love laughter. Grandpa is often quoted that when it came to the kids getting in trouble "they had the best lawyer in town" because they always "got away" with the "crime".

Peggy never allowed her medical condition to control her life. On more than one occasion that she stated that she was "going to live her life, and not allow her condition to slow her down of what she wanted to do". Peggy could "shop till she dropped" and loved her early morning "Beanie Babies" hunts for several years often starting at 2 or 3 in the morning.

She was very active in several organizations over the years. She was awarded an Honorary Chapter Farmer for the Del Valle FFA in 1984 for all her work with the kids in the Del Valle FFA. She so loved being around the kids, animals and livestock shows. She was a constant chaperone for the kids at all the different livestock shows. She was an active leader in the Travis County 4-H program, and an active committee member for the Star of Texas Livestock Shows for several years. She loved going and buying pigs and other animals with the Mr. Fleming and Mr. Rogers The Del Valle FFA Ag teachers. She even allowed kids who did not have pens or the opportunity to have animals due to lack of facilities to house their animals at her home after her children were out of school. She was "Mom" or "Grandma" to so many students over the years and that brought her so much happiness and joy.

She also had a deep passion for her church and faith. Being an active member of the Elroy Baptist Church since it opened in the Elroy Community. She was a member of the finance committee and the women's class for the church. She loved her church and the members of the church who were always there to support her and Ronald over so many years. With other members of the ladies group she volunteered at the South Austin Medical center for several years and was the ring leader of the "piss-posse" of Elroy with friends Ana Schmidt, Dorothy Cox and Mrs. Ruby. They are all together again and I can promise you she is so happy to be reunited with her posse.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ronald Kent Wattinger Sr. and children; William Lee Rigsby and wife Eva of San Antonio, Kimmie Ann Rigsby Wattinger and Partner Carla Lynch of Dallas, Ronald Kent Wattinger Jr and wife Lorrie of Del Valle, and longtime in-kind son Jordan Conard and wife Rachael of Pflugerville. Grandchildren; Debra Lynn Langley, William Lee Barnard, Kylee Rae Rigsby, Kacee Sue Rigsby, Koree Elizabeth Rigsby, Kent Monroe Wattinger, Christopher Alan Broussard, Courtney Elaine Broussard, Cody Austin Broussard, Christopher Conard, Jacob Conard, and Zachery Conard. Great Grandchildren; Dakota Oney, Debra Katelyn Oney, Debra Kaelyn Rigsby, Violet Sabbagh, Hunter Brody Wattinger, Zoey Wattinger, Chanel Johnson-Wattinger, Rylee Willman, Chloe Eaton and Amelia Hargis. Peggy's Siblings; Bobbie Jean Griffin, Patsy Crossno, Jimmy Rigsby, Linda Fernau, Kathy Carrifee, Brenda Oddy, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother Avis, father Frank, sister Betty and brother Billy.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14. 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish. Interment will be at Austin Memorial Park with a reception to follow at Elroy Baptist Church. Pastor Drew will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Peggy's life.

The family would like to thank Hospice. We would also like to thank our neighbors Dale and Judy Murrow, Bobby Epstein and the Circuit of the Americas, for their friendship and caring over the years and in her final days. Bill and Janet Stratman, for all the years of loving Peggy and providing her "Ice Cream" on all those trips. The Mellenbruch Family for being lifelong friends and always being here to help our family. Finally, Jordan and Rachael Conard, for always being with Peggy at the hospital when the family could not, helping to make sure she was comfortable and felt as safe as possible, for spending every Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthday and all points in between helping and loving Peggy with all that you are.

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