West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Peggy Ivey Smith was born the daughter of Emil K. Slaughter and Martha Audrey Smith Slaughter, in Oxford, Mississippi on July 8, 1938, and departed this life on February 26, 2020 in Thayer, Missouri at the age of 81 years.

She married Ed Ivey on May 23, 1964, who preceded her in death, and married Henry Smith in 1975, who preceded her in death.

Peggy is survived by her sister, Dottie McKay of Denver, Colorado; her brothers, Gary Slaughter and his wife, Barbara of Odessa, Texas, Rick Slaughter of Thayer, Missouri, and John Slaughter of Thayer, Missouri; her special friend and sister-in-law, Debbie Slaughter; her special nieces, Erin Discher, Whitney Slaughter and Janet Carrillo; her special nephews, Eric Slaughter, Bradley Slaughter, Sean Slaughter and Jerry Slaughter; her niece, Jennifer Vinton; her nephews, Danny Slaughter and Wayne Slaughter; other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Audrey Slaughter; her husbands, Ed Ivey and Henry Smith; her sister-in-law, Linda Slaughter; and her brother-in-law, Patrick McKay.

Peggy was a Christian and a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Thayer, Missouri where she attended while she was able.

She attended SMS in Springfield, Missouri, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Peggy loved children which led her to get her college degree and teach elementary students in many of the area schools, including Couch, Alton and Koshkonong.

Peggy loved to play cards. She was an avid reader, reading books of every kind. She also enjoyed bowling, especially with her sister-in-law Debbie.

Peggy not only enjoyed participating in athletic activities, she was also an avid sports fan. She loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs, following them during baseball and football seasons.

Peggy loved spending time with family and was known as a very kind, loving and giving person.  She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services for Peggy Ivey Smith will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Pam Ekey officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

Interment will be in Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Janet Carrillo
    February 29, 2020 @ 4:53 pm

    Aunt Peggy was A wonderful person. I feel blessed just to have been lucky enough to had her in my life. I will love her always.


  2. Virginia (Hurtt) Howell
    February 29, 2020 @ 11:12 pm

    Ms Slaughter Smith was my 5thgrade teacher at Koshkonong school. We all loved her and she was a very good teacher. So sorry for your families loss.


  3. Gayle Saunders
    March 3, 2020 @ 2:38 pm

    She was one of my favorite teachers. She was my 5th grade teacher at Koshkonong Elementary in 1962 or 1963. My condolences to her family.


  4. Pam Amyx Collins
    March 3, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

    Deepest condolences to John and Wayne Slaughter. Did not know Peggy, but knew of her through Linda.


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