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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.




  1. Mary Newsome
    July 10, 2022 @ 7:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about our sister from SCH passing away. She was a sweet person. May God comfort her family.

  2. Carl Hardeman
    July 12, 2022 @ 1:17 pm

    Peggy was loved by so many people and will be greatly missed.

  3. Ann Hardeman
    July 12, 2022 @ 2:22 pm

    Peggy was a sweet lady. I am so fortunate to have called her my friend.

  4. Linda and Jim Arnett
    July 13, 2022 @ 9:05 am

    Peggy was such a lovely woman who will be missed by many. May God bless you, Les, and all of her family as you grieve.

  5. Janet DuBois Underwood
    July 13, 2022 @ 7:24 pm

    Peggy was a great addition to the wonderful Risner family. She will be missed.

  6. Truitt & Kay Adair
    July 13, 2022 @ 8:40 pm

    What a beautiful picture of Peggy! We have had you and the family in our prayers! We are thankful for the years we spent with you guys while we all lived in Arizona.

    Truitt & Kay

  7. Amber(Cozort)Redburn
    July 14, 2022 @ 2:31 pm

    Lester, and Risner Families,

    Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you on the passing of Peggy. At this time we will keep all of you in our prayers/thoughts. May God comfort, encourage, strengthen, and give each of you peace. May God bless all of you.
    In Christian Love,
    Norris/Ivene Cozort

  8. Cheryl McClurg
    July 14, 2022 @ 5:25 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Peggy for several years in prison ministry. What a testimony! And she was always present, regardless of her health. I know she is resting comfortably now in the loving arms of our King.

  9. Cheryl McClurg
    July 14, 2022 @ 5:32 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Peggy for several years in prison ministry. What a testimony! And she was always present, regardless of her health. I know she is resting comfortably now in the loving arms of our King. Les, my prayers are with you.

  10. Sydney Wagner
    July 14, 2022 @ 6:18 pm

    My thoughts are with you and your family as you adjust to your loss. Remembering enjoying Peggy’s and your hospitality in your home and now she was has been welcomed HOME.

  11. Tom and Phyllis Francis
    July 16, 2022 @ 9:41 am

    Peggy was such a wonderful neighbor and boy did she have a green thumb.
    Her daffodils announced Spring’s arrival and her hydrangeas were gorgeous.
    We will keep her family in our prayers, especially Les who took such good care
    of her.