Demaine Funeral Home

520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA


Peggy Phifer Kenley

October 17, 1927May 20, 2020

Peggy P. Kenley, age 92 of Charlotte, N.C. passed away of COVID-19 on May 20, 2020 at Sunrise Senior Living, Alexandria, VA. She was remembered in a private family outdoor service at Blessed Sacrament Church, Alexandria, VA on May 27.

A service to celebrate Peggy’s life will be held in Charlotte, NC at a later date.

Peggy Kenley, a native of Charlotte, was born October 17, 1927 to the late Coleman Reid Phifer and his wife, Ethel Reid Biggers Phifer. She graduated from Oakhurst High School in 1944 and was a supervisor at Southern Bell Accounting Department for 38 years. After retirement, Peggy was an Avon President’s Club member for 25 years. In 1947, Peggy married the late Charles Alexander Kenley of Charlotte who served in the Army during World War II and retired from Leakesville Woolen Mill.

Jesus Christ was the center of Peggy’s life; she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. Her Christian journey began at Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Charlotte. She was a member of Chadwick United Methodist Church and Saint James United Methodist Church. In 1980, she joined Calvary Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a Sunday School Teacher for the Gleaners’ and Genesis Single’s Classes, President of the FISH (Fun in Serving Him) Group, Bible Studies Leader, and School Board Member and Bible Teacher at Calvary Christian School. Peggy also served her community as a Board of Elections Chief Judge in Oakdale Precinct for over 25 years; a Scout Leader in Oakdale; a PTA President at Coulwood Middle School; and, a volunteer for Chadwick United Methodist Church in the Hoskins community to provide Christian love, meals, and English training to those in need.

She had a full and rich life and loved everything she did. Peggy loved the Lord, her country, and her family. She was a very happy person and was nicknamed “Smile”. Her laughter and love filled Calvary Baptist Church. Peggy loved the ladies of her Gleaner’s Sunday School Class and she thought of them as her family. She loved her special friend, Margaret Yandle, who was like a sister to her; they enjoyed visiting shut-ins and ministering to their spiritual needs.

Animals were very important to Peggy; she raised Poodles and Pekingese dogs. She had a special dog named “Abby” who she raised from a small pup. Abby was her constant companion and her loyal friend. She did not have grandchildren but she had “grand dogs”- Lily Dog, Tulip, and Rose. While at Sunrise Senior Living, she had a dog named “Baby” Paris who spent time with her in the dementia unit. Peggy is survived by her beloved daughter, Donna L. Kenley, Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired), Ph.D., Alexandria, VA. and many special nieces, cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her dearly-love sister, Mary Jane McCall, and sisters-in-law Myrtle Payseur and Madge Godley, Charlotte. Peggy was a loyal daughter, mom, wife, sister, cousin, aunt and a Christian mentor to her Church family and friends. Peggy will be missed by all who celebrate her life and her release to Jesus Christ, her Savior. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 220 Ashley Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28208 or the Charlotte Humane Society. Arrangements by Forest Lawn West, 6601 Freedom Dr. Charlotte, N.C. 28208.


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Kathy Mccall

June 2, 2020

What can I say. Peggy was a sweet, gracious aunt, She was special to me. I enjoyed going to the farmer's market with her and buying fresh vegetables and going back to her house and making lunch. She showed me how to cook corn in the microwave and I still do it. All my life our family would go to the fish camp every weekend. Peggy could eat some fish. I will miss her. She is with Jesus now and that gives me peace.

Barbara Pinner

June 1, 2020

Donna, I am so sorry for your loss, your Mother was an amazing person. I enjoyed the time we spent with her on her birthday. It is so sad to hear about her passing. You have my deepest condolences. Thinking about you during this time of grief.

Sharon Godfrey

June 1, 2020

Peggy was a wonderful person and she will be missed by all of her friends and family.

Diane Cater Bryant

June 1, 2020

I am so sad to hear your precious mother Peggy
has passed away from this wicked covid-19
Peggy was so beautiful and had such a beautiful smile every time I saw her. She was loving and kind. Actually, she is one that I can truly say lighted up the room when she came in. She always made me feel loved.
I still remember being in scouts with you Donna. . She taught me much about leadership.
The times I saw you and your mother over the years will be cherished. Her trip to see you in Dallas is memorable. Fun she was able to meet my new baby.
She loved you sooo much and I know you will miss her greatly.
She was blessed to have you Donna!!! You did over and above and beyond taking care of her in her last years!!!
Peggy, I'll be looking forward to seeing you in heaven!!!

Beckie Ward Plowman

May 31, 2020

I treasure my memories of this lovely lady with her sweet smile.

Judy Godley

May 31, 2020

I loved Aunt Peggy. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She was truly special to me, my dad, my mom and Tyler. I love you Donna and my thoughts and prayers are with you sweet cousin! Judy

Photo is Christmas Eve at my house. We have such beautiful memories!

Linda Lee

May 30, 2020

Over my early childhood I spent many hours at Aunt Peggy's house with her daughter, Donna who was born the same year I was born. She was always so kind and loving and her wonderful laugh and beautiful smile were infectious. After I married and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, we would always go to the fish camp together when we came back to Charlotte for visits. My daughter, Lindy, also shares her October 17 birthdate! Later, I enjoyed being with her when I would go to high school reunions with Donna. She was always a joy to be around. I had already purchased a plane ticket to visit them in Alexandria over Easter but unfortunately covid got in the way. I'm so sorry that I didn't get to see her one last time but I know heaven is rejoicing that she has joined her family and friends. She was always a loving advocate for my mother who worked with her at Southern Bell and I will be eternally grateful to her. Her unwavering love for the Lord was evident and she made Him the center of her life. I'm sure she entered Heaven's gates with the words 'well done my good and faithful servant.' Aunt Peggy, I will cherish our memories and love you forever. Linda Lee

Debbie Shaw

May 30, 2020

My precious Aunt Peggy was my spiritual mentor and like a mother to me for many years. We loved each other and spent many great meals together and visited my other aunt together in the nursing home every week. There is no doubt that she is celebrating with our Lord Jesus now! She will be loved and cherished forever but now she is in her eternal home! Much love to a precious blessing to me and child of His!

Joann Drum

May 30, 2020

Peggy Kenley was my first supervisor when I went to work for Southern Bell in April, 1953. I was very lucky to have her. We would have a short devotional every morning at break. We were in the Johnson Building 'near the square', then moved to First National Bank building later.
My name then was Joann Vanstory. We always had Christmas parties at someones home. Wonderful memories. Many years later she joined Calvary Baptist Church of which I have been a member 60+ years. It was a joy to see her again after go many years. She is a very devoted, lovely, christian lady. Loves the Lord with all her heart! So happy she has left her earthly home and gone to live with our Lord forever! (Always a beautiful smile).

Gina Price

May 23, 2020

I am so sorry...I love Peggy, and will always treasure the memories I have of her as a precious Christian mentor and friend....my most sincere sympathy to family and friends who love and will miss her....see you soon, dear Peggy. You are Home with the One you adore..


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