Peggy was born on December 12, 1946, in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed from this life on July 5, 2022, at the age of 75. She was raised at Southern Christian Home in Morrilton, Arkansas and graduated from Morrilton High School in 1964. She attended Harding College for one semester in the fall of 1964. On January 30, 1965, she married Lester Risner of St. Louis, Missouri. They celebrated their 57th anniversary in January 2022. She is mother of two daughters; Cheryl Risner Howard of Collierville, Tennessee, married to Daren Howard, and Melinda Risner Tyler of Brentwood Tennessee, married to William Tyler. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Arianne Tyler Mallender & husband Jamie of Spring Hill, Tennessee; Alexis Tyler Smith & husband Matthew of Somerset, Kentucky. Also, Wilson Howard of Los Angeles, California, Luke Howard of Nashville, Tennessee, Ethan Howard of Memphis, Tennessee and Emma Howard of Collierville, Tennessee. Peggy loved those grandkids more than life itself.
After a few years of marriage and two children, Peggy said “I’m going to become a nurse so I can go to school with my kids.” She got her Nursing degree from Arkansas State University and literally went to school with her daughters. If their school didn’t hire her, she would simply volunteer and eventually, they would hire her. This happened in 3 different schools.
Peggy’s friends had many ways to describe Peggy. My Facebook page has dozens of comments such as Kind Sweet Spirit – The Sweetest lady – wonderful lady – the definition of perseverance – So quiet, strong, and loving – Sweet gentle soul. Everyone who knew her loved her!
Peggy loved children and taught hundreds in Sunday Schools over the roughly 50 years that she taught. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy; An estimated 1,000 children learned about Jesus in her classes. Her family members are all better because of her wonderful influence in their lives.
The family suggests a donation to Southern Christian Home in memory of Peggy.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.
Interment will be on July 16, 2022, at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.