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Peggy Wages

Peggy Lue Lehman Wages, 70, of Rogers passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at her home. She was born Feb. 16, 1943, at the Old City Hospital in Fayetteville to the late John Eugene and Rosa Marie (Hall) Lehman. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Kaye Brewer; and one brother, John Eugene Lehman Jr.

Growing up (with her daddy being in the military), she moved from time to time, but most of her school years were spent at the Farmington School. She graduated from the Old Peabody High School, which was at the University of Arkansas. Through the early years of her marriage, she took a tailoring class at the U of A and became a very talented tailor. She also won numerous ribbons at the Washington County Fair with her knitting and crocheting, flowers and canning items. She loved gardening and working in her flower beds and was an accomplished dried floral designer.

At one point in her marriage she became a master basket maker and took her baskets to some of the top craft shows in the U.S., starting with the War Eagle Crafts Fair. Then over the years she attended shows in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Michigan and Texas, winning several awards for her variety and workmanship.

She was a life member of the University City Chapter No. 495 Order of the Eastern Star, member of the Amaranth, past member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary, volunteered for several years at the Helping Hands facility in Bentonville and helped raise funds and donations for the Fort Sill Soldiers Closet at Lawton, Okla. She was a longtime member of the Faith Assembly of God Church in Springdale and for the past 17 1/2 years was the pastor’s wife and organist at the Chester Freewill Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Chester Freewill Baptist Church with interment at Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg.

The family will visit with friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Ocker Funeral Home of Alma, 917 U.S. 64 East, Alma.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Wages of the home; one daughter, Cheryl Wages Hight and husband William Bryan Hight of Lawton, Okla.; one sister, Mary Lee Edgin of Springdale; two grandchildren, William J. Hight and Madison D. Hight, both of Lawton; several cousins, nieces and nephews and extended family.

To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

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