Peggy Lynn Eagles Wood

Peggy Lynn Eagles Wood died January 13, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Born November 5, 1932 in Winnfield, Louisiana, Peggy was the youngest daughter of Ray and Muriel Eagles. Her older sisters Rabie Reid and Guinivere Allen preceded her in death. She is survived by her son Steve Wood, of San Antonio. As the “baby” of the family, Peggy grew up only slightly older than her sisters’ children. She and her niece Beth Reid Moss grew up almost as sisters, remaining close throughout their lives, as have her other nieces Mary Doherty (Willie) and Amy Allen (Ron Skains). The second generation of nieces and nephews on the Eagles side of the family include Ann Moss James, Reid Moss, John Moss, Danny Doherty (deceased), and Dawn Doherty Johnson. As a girl, Peggy’s best friend was Ann Wood. In 1952, Peggy married Ann’s brother Morris (Buddy) Wood. They were inseparable until his death in 2002. Buddy’s sisters Marylynn and Ann produced a crop of nieces and nephews: Sandra McClane O’Bryan, K. Wayne McClane, Kathy McClane Tullos (deceased), Matt Brock, Rhonda Brock, and Brad Brock. The third and fourth generations of nieces and nephews are extensive (and the writer too lazy to call his cousins and ask for names). Peggy was one of the earliest and longest-serving employees of Winn Parish Medical Center, starting around 1951 when it was known as Winnfield General Hospital. Initially a clerical staffer, Peggy’s career took her to a stint as administrator during the hospital’s expansion in the early 1960s, but she spent the bulk of her employment at the hospital as Materials Manager. In this role, she was responsible for purchasing and inventory control for the hospital. Peggy also served as a mentor for many new administrative trainees who spent time at the hospital and later went on to serve as hospital administrators or healthcare administrators. During her life in Winnfield, Peggy was a member of First Presbyterian Church. For 42 years, she served as organist and was Session member, as Elder. Following her retirement from the hospital and as organist, Peggy put much of her efforts into supporting the community Food Pantry, which was started by church members. She was also an active member and officer of the Order of the Eastern Star. Following Buddy’s death, Peggy relocated to San Antonio and quickly found a circle of friends in the ladies’ mahjong group at the Lion’s Field Adult Center. She also became active in University Presbyterian Church and found great enjoyment in what she considered a “big” church. Though she never really figured out getting around in San Antonio, she was quite taken with the city and its attractions. As her health deteriorated, she moved to an assisted living facility where she made another group of friends whose company she enjoyed. In conformance with her wishes, when her ongoing health problems were compounded by a case of the flu, she entered hospice care. Her family appreciates the care given by the staff of Vitas Hospice. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, January 31, at the First Presbyterian Church, Winnfield, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the Winn Community Food Pantry (PO Box 302 Winnfield, LA 71483) or to

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