Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
And, everyone who ever knew her, knew her as a saint. She was very open about her faith and shared it with joy. Peggy Elizabeth Hedrick Vencill, while sleeping at home, peacefully went to her Heavenly home on Friday, January 31, 2020.
She was born on October 14, 1926 in Lego, WV as Renova Leona Walker, daughter of Phillip Aden and Chloe Mae Hedrick Walker, the youngest of eight children. Because her mother was very ill at the time of her birth, she was taken and raised by family members, Cleveland and Bertha Prince Hedrick of Odd, WV, as their own daughter, changing her name to Peggy.
Peggy, or “Peaches” as she was lovingly know back then, attended Stoco High School where she met and fell in love with Marvin Vencill. They both graduated in 1945 and were married in May of 1947 at the First Baptist Church in Beckley. They made their home in Princewick and spent many happy years there until God called Marvin home on February 8th, 2010. She was also preceded in death by their first infant daughter, Marvella Erin, in 1948.
Her joy was family and keeping them close, teaching us all that our love for one another is truly a blessing from God. As well as being a wonderful mother, homemaker, seamstress and gardener, she spent nine years as a bookkeeper and office manager, and sixteen years as a CNA at Beckley Hospital, Raleigh General Hospital and Pine Lodge Nursing Home, which was more of a ministry to her than a job. She had a special relationship with her Lord, and through all, her primary focus was on sharing Him with others, and her church activities such as teaching, singing in the choir, and Ladies’ ministry groups where serving others was of great importance. It was not uncommon for her to welcome others into her home when needing a place to stay for a while, making them family, too. Peggy was a charter member of Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Coal City after many years of membership at the Coal City Community Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving for more than fifty years.
Peggy leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Kathy Brouse (husband Dennis) of Augusta, GA, and Betty Bower (husband Wally) of Madison, WV, grandchildren; Dawn Marshall Farmer, Shannon Marshall Wilson, Jason Martin and Jeff Martin, seven great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may gather with the family at the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 Independence Road, Coal City, WV, on Saturday, February 8 beginning at 11 am with her Celebration of life Service to be held at 12 pm. Officiating will be Peggy’s great-grandson, Pastor Patrick O’Tuel, and nephew, Pastor Jim Vaught.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.