Peggy Edwards

February 18, 1937August 4, 2018

Peggy Edwards, 81, of Columbia, MO passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Visitation will be from 1-2pm, Wednesday, August 8, at Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia. Funeral Service will be 2pm Wednesday, followed by burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Peggy was born February 18, 1937 in Bonne Terre, MO to Walter and Mabel Wooldridge Nichols. On October 30, 1955, she married Charles L. Edwards in Hernando, MS. Peggy was a very family oriented woman; she loved to cook and spend time with her large and loving family.

She is survived by her daughters, Regina (Stan) Lawson of Columbia, Sharon Nowlin of Columbia, Laura (Randy) Rickerson of Mountain Home, AR, and Lisa Riddles of St. Peters, MO; brother, Cletus Nichols of Wagner, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Daniel Williams, Rebecca (David) Bradford, Rachel (Jonathan) Fleming, Abby Nowlin (Jason Tomson),Lisa (Trent) Floyd, Jamie (Patrick) Ledford, and Kurtis Riddles; sixteen great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, Jeffrey Edwards; five siblings, Woodrow, Jewel, Howard, Norma, and Loretta; and her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, 38105.


  • Regina (Stan) Lawson, Daughter
  • Sharon Nowlin, Daughter
  • Laura (Randy) Rickerson, Daughter
  • Lisa Riddles, Daughter
  • Cletus Nichols, Brother
  • Daniel Williams, Grandchild
  • Rebecca (David) Bradford, Grandchild
  • Rachel (Jonathan) Fleming, Grandchild
  • Abby Nowlin (Jason Tomson), Grandchild
  • Lisa (Trent) Floyd, Grandchild
  • Jamie (Patrick) Ledford, Grandchild
  • Kurtis Riddles, Grandchild
  • Peggy was also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  • Daniel Williams
  • Jeffrey Williams
  • David Williams
  • Jon Fleming
  • Jason Tomson
  • Tori Tomson

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Peggy Edwards

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Glo Griffitts

August 15, 2018

I am so sad to read this, even though Peggy & family and I shared so much back in the late 1960’s and early 1970 and not as much in recent years, she has always been a sweet inspiration to me in many ways. So many years and stories.... she was my babysitter, neighbor, and friend. I knew her mother Mable and her sister Jewel and several others from St Francois Co, Missouri so many years back. God bless you each❤️

Bruce Sheffield

August 7, 2018

Peggy and Charles opened their home to me while I was a student at University of Missouri in the late 1970s. She feed me many Sunday night meals after we had attended church together on Sunday night. Their house was always filled with love and laughter.

Bruce Sheffield

Mark Vandivort

August 6, 2018

Peggy was a very dear Christian sister. She and Charles and their family were some of the original members of the Columbia Free Will Baptist Church. During the 8 years that I was their pastor, I saw dozens of guest enjoy Peggy and Charles' cooking and hospitality. She was our son, Steve's Sunday School teacher. People around her felt cheer from a joyful heart.
Mark and Louise Vandivort