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Peggy Elmore

August 28, 1929 — April 1, 2024

Loving, loyal and West Texas gal, Peggy Joyce Baskett Elmore died on April 1, 2024. She fought a long, valiant battle with Myasthenia Gravis diagnosed in 1996. Services will be held in Abilene at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home on Friday, April 12, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery immediately following services.

Peggy was born on August 28, 1929 to Carl and Ruby Logan Baskett. She grew up and attended school in Covington, Texas, where she participated in basketball (her favorite), softball, track, and UIL competitions, and graduated as Valedictorian of her Covington High School Class of 1946 at age 16.

Initially, she moved to Abilene in June 1946 to stay with her married sister and attend school. She resided here until her death. She graduated from Draughon's Business College in May 1947 at age 17.

In May 1947, she met the love of her life and best friend, Ott Elmore. Ott and Peggy were married by his brother, Rev. Ray Elmore on December 13, 1947. Their happily married life lasted almost 53 years until the death of Ott on September 19, 2000 from radiation lung cancer caused from exposure to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan where Ott served as a Marine in the Occupation of Japan after surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima. They were blessed with three children-Kathy, Ed, and Debbie. Peggy was a stay-at-home wife and Mother until the children all began to attend school. Although afflicted by polio, she was an enthusiastic supporter of all sports in which her children participated as well as their school activities and hobbies.

As her children became older, she spent a short time as a grocery cashier and then a business teacher at Draughon's Business College for 3 years. Finally, she began her career in Civil Service at Dyess Air Force Base in 1966 and retired in 1989.

Then, she joined Ott in retirement. They attended and supported their grandsons, Carl and Mark, in their sports and school events in Bryan-College Station, Texas with much enthusiasm and pride. They traveled extensively until their health failed.

Peggy accepted Christ and was baptized at Covington Church of Christ in her teens. After her health prevented further congregational attendance, she watched Sunday services on television along with the Longhorn Network and the Game Show Channel.

She was a loving wife, Mother, and Gramma. Her family was her passion and world, and she devoted her life to them. Her other passion was her love and care for pets, especially dogs. Her hobbies were reading and sending greeting cards to her family and friends for any occasion.

She was grateful for the loving and dedicated care given her after the death of Ott in 2000 by her daughter, Debbie, who shared her home until Debbie's untimely death from pancreatic cancer in 2016. After Debbie's death, Kathy then assumed full care of her until Kathy's death from brain cancer in 2021 with supplemental care, when needed, by Donnella Elmore, daughter-in-law and Judy Elmore, niece. Finally, caregivers were employed.

Special thanks and grateful appreciation is given for the excellent, loving care provided by all her medical personnel through the years, especially Dr. Barry Moak, and all the special nurses in Hendricks' Infusion Clinic and Hendricks' Dialysis Center. In her later years, she was provided wonderful and loving care by her caregivers, Nanny May Davis, Niece White, and Dianne Martin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ott, in 2000; daughters, Debbie in 2016 and Kathy in 2021; her parents, Carl and Ruby Baskett; her in-laws, David and Vonnia Elmore; her brother C. J. Baskett, and sisters, Gladys and Ruby Jewel Baskett, Mary Arterburn, and Vivienne Barron, and other family members.

Immediate family survivors include: Ed and Donnella Elmore, son and spouse, College Station, Texas; Carl, Emily and Bodhi, Dylan, and Leo Elmore, grandson, spouse, and great-grandchildren of Wilmington, North Carolina; Mark, Heidi, and Miles Elmore, grandson, spouse, and great-grandson of Spokane, Washington; many nieces and nephews; and pups, Sissy and Bubba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Rescue the Animals at 4620 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79603; or Hospice of the Big Country at 4601 Hartford, Abilene, Texas 79605
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Friday, April 12, 2024

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

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