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Peggy Lea (Rush) McDowell

December 5, 1954 ~ January 27, 2022 (age 67)

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Peggy Lea Rush McDowell went to sit alongside her lord and savior January 27th, 2022. She was born December 5th, 1954 in her parents home in Laverne Oklahoma, with her loving parents Evert Lee Rush and Virginia Dorene Spencer Rush. She loved to tell the story that they called for the doctor and she was born before he got there because he had to finish milking the cows.

Peggy was always so full of life. Her joy of life was contagious to everyone she met. A stranger was just someone she hadn't gotten to talk to yet. She was protective of all she cared about. She was always very happy when she would feel like God had given her a mission. Sometimes as small as giving a child a candy to taking in strangers as family. God was the first and last thing she thought of and talked to every single day. She believed he would lead us all, if we only listen.

She loved music. She taught her daughter and granddaughter all of her music, from music from the 20s to country, to rock, to Christian and everything in between. She would spend hours just listening to music.

Peggy loved her family and friends. Her daughter and granddaughter were her world. She lived to be included in every aspect of their lives, and they both lived to have her, her encouragement and her love. She was also so proud of all of her friends, the ones she grew up with and those she has made throughout her life. She has told her daughter and granddaughter so many stories about her friends it feels like they know all of them even the ones they have not gotten to meet.

She has lived more in her life than what many people together has lived. She loved to experience everything. She somehow owned her first bar when she was 17 years old, in May, Oklahoma. Then later had the first and only private club in Fort Supply. Her good friends JP Morris and others bought it, brought her the keys and said you better decorate it like you want it. She worked for Western State Hospital both as an aide and in the kitchen. She loved telling us how she would exercise on her breaks and this encouraged many of her coworkers to as well. She was once the first to break into the men's working field.   There she made numerous friends, one to name was Norma Miller who she made be her daughter's Godmother.  She worked doing fiberglass work, survey work, she did some welding work and she worked as a vacuum salesman which is where she met her daughter's dad. She worked as a barmaid and cocktail waitress where she made a lot of memories and friends. She was a substitute teacher where she fell in love with the kids. She worked at Pizza Hut for a long time, then she worked at ODOT where she got her CDL and every part of it except bus because she didn't want to. Her last work was a machinist.

She married Joe Bruce McDowell and remained friends with him and all of his family until she passed. She took JB and Casey as her own kids.

She was preceded in death by her father Evert Lee Rush, her mother Virginia Dorene Rush, step father Forrest Clark, many family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Tammy Dorene Miller, granddaughter Italy Maree Custard and partner Raymond Perkins, her sisters Shirley Mote and her family, and Barbra Arres and her family, many family members, and even more friends. She will always be greatly loved and missed.

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Funeral Service
February 7, 2022

2:00 PM
Laverne Funeral Home
420 South Broadway
Laverne, OK 73848

Interment following funeral service
February 7, 2022

Rose Hill Cemetery
6 N 4 E and 1.5 S of Laverne
Laverne, OK 73848

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