Peggy Shirlene (Dixon) Rutherford, 78, of Middletown, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Missouri, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Rutherford was born in Wheeler, Texas on September 8, 1940, a daughter of Wilburn P. (Runt) and Opal I. (Barton) Dixon. Peggy was baptized into the Baptist faith in Hadacol Corner, Texas, on November 15, 1952. Peggy attended many schools growing up as her family was in the oil business. Of the many places she lived, she always said Beattyville, Kentucky, was her favorite, where she was crowned Miss Lee County in 1956.
Peggy met her husband, Lowell Dean Rutherford in St. Louis and they were married April 12, 1957. They shared over 61 years together, before he preceded her in death on June 18, 2018. To this union 6 children were born – Darrell Rutherford, of Vandalia; Donnie Rutherford (deceased) (Candice), of Middletown; Lisa McClanahan (Mike) of Chesapeake, Virginia; Joe Rutherford (Christine) of Middletown; Dennis (Beaver) Rutherford (Stacy) of Bowling Green and LaDonna Nobbe (Mark) of Spring, Texas. She was “Nanny” to Kyle, Jacob (deceased), Erica, Aaron, Jordyn, Hannah, Courtney, Matthew, Maria, Makenzie, Aiden, Quintin, Ashley and Addison. She was also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren – Brendon, Destiney, Ozabella, Kloee and Kooper.
Peggy came from a big family of sisters and a beloved brother – Patsy Hanson (deceased), Polly Mitchell of Salem, Phyllis Melton of Rolla, Pam Crimson (Lynn), Will Dixon and Priscilla Halbrook (Donnie) all of Branson. She was sister-in-law to Norma Rutherford Walker of Green City, Gary and Brenda Rutherford of Middletown and Jim Mudd of Lancaster. Peggy also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Peggy was known in the Pike County area as the OATS bus driver for 20 years. She earned a safe driving award every year and took pride in her job. Peggy was talented in planning many trips and her “mystery trips” were everyone’s favorite. She loved to look at her atlas and follow along on the journeys of her sons who were OTR drivers as well as each one of her family members when they went on trips. She loved to tell you her experiences of her many trips and give you many tips and “must see” locations. Peggy’s hobbies were painting, sewing, and crocheting and doing research on genealogy. She loved to shop on QVC and visit with many of her Amish friends. The one thing she loved and missed the most was getting together with her sisters to sing with her dad playing guitar or her brother playing along. Peggy also spent many hours and days going on rides with her husband, always seeing new and different areas. She loved to go watch her husband and sons pull their tractors as well as watch them drive in derbys. She was her kids’ biggest fan and always put them before herself.
Visitation was held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Middletown Baptist Church.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at the church. Rev. John Foster and Rev. Stan Henderson officiated. Special music was provided by Peggy’s siblings.
Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown, Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Joe Rutherford, Dennis “Beaver” Rutherford, Aaron Rutherford, Will Dixon, Matthew Nobbe and Mike McClanahan. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Rutherford, Aiden Rutherford, Kyle Rutherford and Fred Flagg.
Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Middletown.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Middletown Baptist Church or the Cowboy Church c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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