Peggy Marie Futrelle
June 9, 1924 – August 7, 2018
Peggy Tanner Futrelle departed this world on August 7, 2018 after a long battle with dementia. Born in Canyon, Texas, this beloved only child of James Homer and Janie Dale Tanner was a quintessential Southern lady – well-mannered, welcoming, fiercely independent with a never-give-up attitude. For most of her years, Peggy called Houston “home,” and it is there where she met Clarence Neale Taylor, whom she married in 1959. Soon after their wedding came the birth of two boys, Neale and Gary. Sadly, Peggy lost Clarence to illness when the boys were very young, but she soon met and married a North Carolina gentleman, Emmett Earl Futrelle, with whom she shared life until his passing in 2012.
An accomplished homemaker who enjoyed cooking, decorating and gardening, Peggy loved playing hostess to family and friends, and even camping trips became more elegant and adventurous affairs under her guidance and direction! Peggy was an exceptional daughter who cared selflessly for her parents throughout the years, an amazing mother who was forever doting on her children, an energetic and engaged grandmother, and a loyal and trusted friend.
Peggy is survived by her son, Gary Dale Taylor, and his wife, Lynn; daughter-in-law, Sandy Taylor Laflin; stepdaughter Vivian Williamson and her husband, Mac; stepdaughter Ann Schuler and her husband, Michael; grandchildren Kelly Taylor, Jeffrey Taylor and Lindsey Taylor; step-grandchildren Kara Williamson, Tricia Williamson Paramore, Asher Schuler, Casi Schuler Barnas, Jeremy Schuler and Jennifer Schuler Nemoseck; several step-great grandchildren and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Homer and Janie Dale Tanner; husbands Clarence Neale Taylor and Emmett Earl Futrelle; and son, Neale Homer Taylor.
A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079. Visitation will begin in the chapel at 10 AM, to be followed by a brief service at 10:30 AM and a light lunch reception at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Peggy’s memory be made to Memorial Drive United Methodist Church at 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Futrelle family.
- Gary Dale Taylor, Son
- Lynn Taylor, Daughter-in-law
- Sandy Taylor Laflin, Daughter-in-law
- Vivian Williamson, Daughter
- Mac Williamson, Son-in-law
- Ann Schuler, Daughter
- Michael Schuler, Son-in-law
- Also left to cherish fond memories are grandchildren Kelly Taylor, Jeffrey Taylor and Lindsey Taylor, Kara Williamson, Tricia Williamson Paramore, Asher Schuler, Casi Schuler Barnas, Jeremy Schuler and Jennifer Schuler Nemoseck; several great grandchildren and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Homer and Janie Dale Tanner; husbands Clarence Neale Taylor and Emmett Earl Futrelle; and son, Neale Homer Taylor.
- Visitation Monday, August 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018
- Reception Monday, August 13, 2018
Peggy Marie Futrelle
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August 13, 2018
I’m thankful for the opportunities we had to spend time with this wonderful lady. I will remember her sweet smile always. Prayers for comfort for all of her family.
August 13, 2018
Peggy was a born entertainer. She always had sausage balls and sausage and cheese muffins at the ready for overnight guests, and often delivered them to her sons for a little breakfast treat. Son, Gary, baked sausage balls last night, and they will be served in her honor at today's luncheon reception.
August 12, 2018
Peggy always "told it like it was" albeit in the manner only a nice, Southern lady could.
On one occasion, Gary decided to bake some of Peggy's famous potato chip cookies; this is a delicate and labor-intensive process. Once out of the oven, Gary proudly handed Peggy a cookie and she took a healthy bite. He excitedly asked, "How does it taste, Mom?" and she replied in that sweet, Southern drawl, "Honey, it's not worth the calories it took to eat it!"
Recently, Gary entered Peggy's room, wearing a bright green polo shirt he'd worn to work that day. They'd visited for several minutes when Peggy suddenly declared, "Honey, if anyone ever offers to swap shirts with you, that would be a good shirt to swap!" Clearly, she wasn't a fan of that shirt!
August 11, 2018
Peggy worked hard to make time spent with her family an adventure. At Mardi Gras, she would stand at the top of the stairs with beads and other treats in her hands; sons Neale and Gary waited below. She'd instruct them to yell, "Throw me somethin', mister!" and she'd toss treasures their way. Grandson, Jeffrey, was a lover of construction equipment, so she'd often pick him up at daycare and drive him through Sugar Land, where new homes and buildings were always popping up. They'd stop in front of sites where front-end loaders and bulldozers were at work, sit atop the car enjoying some sort of sugary treat, and watch them move dirt to and fro. Granddaughters, Kelly and Lindsey, would often spend the night at Peggy's home. They'd play games and watch TV, then "camp" on palettes made of soft blankets and pillows. When morning came, Peggy would make them "cafe au lait" while Grandpa Earl fixed them pancakes and, together, they'd enjoy an elegant breakfast!