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Mrs. Peggy S. Monk
September 12, 2023
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With genuine comfort and support, the Majestic Funeral Homes family announce the peaceful transition of Mrs. Peggy Monk.
Peggy Sue (Snodgrass) Monk escaped this mortal world on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at the age of 62 after a fierce battle with cancer. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister, and friend.
She was born to Clifford and Erma Snodgrass on October 15, 1961 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She grew up in Wathena, KS as the second child of four. On her family’s farm she helped run the market stand, developing a quick mind for business. From an early age, she exhibited a love of learning and an independent spirit, eventually becoming captain of the Debate Team in high school.
While attending college near Branson, MO, Peggy got married and started a family, giving birth to her two oldest sons, James and Dwayne. While her sons were young, she returned to school as a single mother, thrilled to complete a degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State College in 1988. Soon after, she helped organize a farmer cooperative that became the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association. Peggy was a charter member and served as President of the Association for a time.
During this same stage of her life, she met George, the man who would become her husband and best friend of 30 years. Their son Allen was born just a few years before the family moved to Elizabethtown, NC. They soon joined Elizabethtown Baptist Church, becoming long-time members. While there, she encouraged her children to become involved in youth sports and outreach, and she herself became a Sunday School teacher. Her favorite lessons were about the Armor of God, a concept that she continued to affirm at home in frequent reminders to her sons.
Peggy had a giving heart and was always donating food or money to a cause, despite a frequently tight budget at home. She had a deep drive to help others, especially the young. Peggy devoted much of her time in Elizabethtown to volunteering with Friends of the Library and 4-H, dedicated to expanding learning opportunities for local youth. She was recognized on district and state levels for her work as 4-H club leader, and those who know her work in that sphere remember the magnitude of her devotion to the youth and the positive impact she had on everyone in the program. She incorporated 4-H activities into her homeschool curriculum for four students- her youngest son, a niece, and two nephews. She was a natural mentor and nurturer, called Mom by a handful of club members and most of her sons’ friends, too. The simplest pleasures in life delighted Peggy. She loved gardening, a hot cup of tea, scratch-off lottery tickets, and the taste of fresh summer vegetables. She adored books, and often ran out of space for them. She loved spending time in the NC mountains, especially at sunrise with coffee. She would hide chocolate away like treasure, rationing daily portions for her tea and coffee. Later in life she discovered a penchant for fine, aged bourbon (Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea a particular favorite). Peggy reveled in the ridiculous and appreciated a good practical joke even though she was much more likely to be the target than the prankster. That rubber mouse in her coffee cup startled her every April Fool’s Day, without fail. She always made sure each family member’s favorite dish was present at every celebration, never bothered by the resulting overabundance of cold salads. She collected Christmas gifts all year, small trinkets or treats that reminded her of a particular family member. The stocking was her favorite part of Christmas morning, and each item had to be wrapped individually; her family always made sure her stocking was full to bursting. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren succeed and she was their constant cheerleader. She repeated the most important lessons often, and her sons and granddaughters know to always look out for each other and to do all things with excellence. Peggy loved deeply; she loved enough.
Peggy will be sorely missed and survived by her children James and Amanda Lugenbell, Dwayne Lugenbell, and Allen Monk, her granddaughters Jaya Howell and Cylee Lugenbell and their mother Melissa Lugenbell, her mother Erma Snodgrass, her siblings Jane and David Juhl, Clifton and Michelle Snodgrass, and Gail Dennis, her dear friend Billy Seiter, and her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, George Aubrey Monk, and her father, Clifford Snodgrass.
A wake and visitation will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2023 between 5pm and 7pm at Majestic Funeral Home, 114 S Pine St, Elizabethtown, NC. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, 1086 Susie Sand Hill Rd, Elizabethtown NC, 28337, secarolinacrossroads.com.
The Compassionate Professionals of Majestic Funeral Homes are serving the Monk and connected families with uncompromising dignity and love.