OBITUARY

Peggy Muston Sturrock

August 18, 1933July 20, 2020
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Peggy Muston Sturrock, age 86, passed from this life on July 20, 2020 in Abilene.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Phil Christopher, Pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Elliott Hamil Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 7 to 8 PM at the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home.

Peggy was born on August 18, 1933 in Abilene to Carl and Eula (Hicks) Muston. She married the love of her life, Jimmie Sturrock, on November 25, 1960 and they shared almost 60 years together in laughter, love and life.

Peggy was a giving and kind person, devoting much of her time to serving her community through her work. A graduate of Abilene High School and of Hardin Simmons University, she worked hard as the Youth Director at Abilene YWCA, Executive Director of the West Texas Girl Scout Council, and as Manager of Abilene Women’s Club. She also served as Governor of the Altrusa International in 1999 and served on the Abilene-Emery Chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She spent tireless hours bringing joy and her kindness to everyone, spreading it as much as possible to those she came in contact with. She was a wealth of knowledge, and a stickler for order.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of almost 60 years, Jimmie Sturrock of Abilene; one sister, Patty Muston Bowdoin of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, July 24, 2020

Memories

Peggy Muston Sturrock

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Connie Simpson

July 25, 2020

So many memories of Peggy as my two sisters and I were Y-teens at the YWCA under Peggy’s direction. What a blessing she was to our whole family for 50 + years! What a special friend she was.

Sara Hardaway

July 23, 2020

Another memory comes to mind. One Saturday in March, Peggy had some of us over for lunch. When we walked in to the dining room, she had the table all set. It was beautiful with china and cloth napkins. It was dark and I could not figure out why she did not open the curtains to her big window. She turned on the light and we all looked at each other and laughed. She said she did not have time to take down her Christmas tree and she did not want the neighbors to see. we promised not to tell anyone and I never did. I dont know how long she kept it up that year. So many memories of Peggy.

Rev. Sara (Jane Cline) Hardaway

Peggy Matlock

July 23, 2020

I was one of many Y-Teens that Peggy nurtured and mentored at the YWCA. I was 14, and she and Jim had just married. I remember their small garage apartment on S 11th where Peggy hosted slumber parties. We literally had to step over each other to get to the kitchen or the bathroom, and poor Jim just played his fiddle in his car til we were all finally asleep and he could sneak into his bed. What a good sport he was and always supported whatever event Peggy hosted even if it meant kicking him out for a time. We also had wonderful trips to the state fair in Dallas. After I went to TCU, the Y bus would stop at a certain parking lot in Ft Worth, and Peggy would welcome me aboard to see Big Tex once again. I made a point to keep up with Peggy over the years and always saw her when I came home to Abilene from Houston and most recently from Granbury. She called me Mattie and I called her Sturrock since our first names were the same. When she and Jim bought their home, the guest room was named after Jan Fulks and me since we were the first Y- Teens to spend the night there. I will always cherish my friend and our friendship. She was a treasure and beloved by all of Abilene. May you rest in peace knowing how many of us learned and grew under your incredible leadership. God bless you, Jim. My heart goes out to you. Love, Mattie

Brenda Tucker

July 22, 2020

I met Peggy through ALTRUSA in 1992. She was encouraging and inclusive. She visited our club in Pampa when I was President and later I was elected to the District Board when she was Governor of District Nine. She was such fun. Her stories entertained many an Altrusan over the years.
I had the pleasure of staying in her home a couple of times as well as having her company on a trip to Waco for a conference. I enjoyed time spent with her and always looked forward to seeing her. I’m so glad I was able to hug her neck in November. She holds a special place in my heart. Jim, I am so sorry for your loss.

Sara Hardaway

July 22, 2020

Everything good and gracious can be said about Peggy. My sister and I started at the YWCA in 4th grade as she let us join a year early. My mother's funds were limited and the Y under Peggy gave us wonderful opportunities to learn, to grow, to have fun, to know what responsibility was and commitment. Peggy was a great leader and had impeccable organizational skills.She was fun and always had a smile on her face. She was always delighted to see you. She cared about you and your growth as a woman. We had clubs, special speakers, parties, missions, summer and regional camps. We were taught manners. We had ping pong and archery tournaments on Saturday and she was always there on her day off. Everyone had to earn their way to camps and were accountable and responsible. She blessed so many girls who became leaders in the community. One summer my sister and I worked at the Y with her. We helped with weddings. I recall one summer she asked me to make 3 summer shift type dresses for her. I was honored and wanted to get it right for her. We were together about 13 years ago for the Y reunion. We kept in touch over the years but lost touch in the past few years. Bless you Jim, you were a trooper to support her career and endeavors that made such a big difference to so many. Her legacy will live on and on. Love you Peggy. Rev/ Sara (Jane Cline) Hardaway.

Elizabeth Asher

July 22, 2020

I will never forget all my time at the YWCA and Peggy! She was my childhood mentor and her life long lessons have meant the world to me. My life and its direction would have not been the same without her. Peggy lead by example and was a blessing to so many young girls, too many to count. Her leadership and commitment , rare and appreciated by so many.
I regret not being able to attend the service due to distance and the current circumstances.
I am just flooded with emotions and feel her loss tremendously. Beth (Cline) Asher

JoAnn Land

July 22, 2020

Peggy was always such a sweet lady. She was always an example of dignity and grace. When she walked in the room, the room became a happier place. Her and Jim made such a wonderful couple. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. She will be missed!

Sara Crowe Burleson

July 21, 2020

Peggy was a mentor to so many girls and young women through her work. I’ll always treasure my time spent with her at the YWCA. She was a lifelong friend. I’ll always know how to set a table and have tea! Love passing it on and always think of Peggy. Taught girls how to be ladies properly.

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