Peggy Lou Lesley (June 22, 1931 – June 10, 2022)

Wow! What a life! Even at almost 91, my mother was feisty and full of spirit. She was also full of love for those around her — her family, especially her three grandchildren, her dear friends near and far, and her community. She volunteered long hours at Gayle’s Kitchen, a homeless outreach program at her church, Oak Lawn United Methodist, even at the age of 89. Covid-19 resulted in a move to North Carolina to be closer to family. Although never sick from Covid, it left her sick at heart that she had to stop volunteering.

Mother kept Hallmark in business. She never missed anyone’s birthday or special occasion. She loved making people feel special with a handwritten note. She also warmed their bellies with her yummy banana bread. She always remembered who liked nuts and who didn’t.

Let’s face it, she remembered everything! At almost 91, her memory was sharp as a tack. Everyone called my mother when they needed to recall an event or name. Just last week, she gave me a family history lesson.

Now we will never forget her and the great memories we all share. She impressed on us the value of volunteerism, even receiving The Yellow Rose of Texas award for her service. (Read about her award at

She was a loyal friend. She was young at heart. Many of her dearest friends were half her age.

I am a better mother because of her lifelong example of unselfish, unwavering commitment to family. Her move to NC in 2020 was such a gift. Her grandkids loved their time with Mimi! She died peacefully holding my hand in her home here.

She leaves behind a hole in the hearts of her daughter, Stacy Lesley; her son-in-law Colin Bryan and her grandchildren Sydney, Cooper and Anascott. We will fill that hole with sweet memories.

Mother spent 89 years in Texas, two in Davidson, N.C., and now eternity in heaven with my daddy, Sidney Lesley.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Lesley family. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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