Peggy Jean Denny of Puxico, daughter of the late Gene and Ina Loyd DeShaw, was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on November 7, 1928, and passed away at the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau on December 7, 2015, at the age of 87 years and one month.
On April 26, 1946, she was married to David Oliver and he preceded her in death on June 21, 1953. On February 18, 1955, she was married to Denzel "Dink" Denny. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2013.
She was a member of Brown General Baptist Church where she had served as choir director for 30 years, taught Sunday School, and assisted with the youth group in past years. Mrs. Denny was graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and had earned a Masters degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Missouri University. She had been the elementary principal at Greenville Schools for 18 years after having taught in the Puxico Schools for 12 years. She was a life member of M.S.T.A. and had been a member of the Mo. Association of Elementary Principals for eighteen years. As a member of the Southeast District Elementary Principals she served twelve years on the executive committee, was vice-president and president of the organization. Mrs Denny was honored by the Southeast District of M.S.T.A. for meritorius service to education at the meeting on March 14, 1986.
Surviving are two sons, James & Tressa Oliver of Puxico, Missouri, Larry Oliver of Puxico, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Leigh Ann & Scott Rommel, Julie & Shane Wyant, Sherry Davis, David & Stephanie Oliver, Russell & Jennifer Oliver, Matt & Kelli Oliver, Angela Moore, Kendra & Tim Doublin; nineteen great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and one brother & wife, Stanley & Susan Johnson of Murray, Kentucky. Other family, beloved former students and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her daughter in law, Barbara Oliver, a brother in law, Carroll Denny and a sister in law Betty Denny.
Visitation will be held on Friday December 11, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Brown General Baptist Church near Puxico, Missouri with the Rev. Ray Placher of Puxico officiating and the Rev. Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield assisting.
Interment will follow in the Puxico Cemetery in Puxico, Missouri with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.