Peggy Lou Luhrs Petry, age 78, of Federal Way, Washington entered into peace Wednesday, May 12, 2013 at her home. Interment will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Center Grove Cemetery located on the Tarkio Airport State Road between Westboro and Tarkio, Missouri. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Peggy passed peacefully to Heaven in her home in Federal Way, Washington, on May 12, 2013. She was diagnosed with vascular dementia over eleven years prior which progressed to heart failure and ultimately her passing.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dr. Don D. Petry; a son, Clayton J. Petry; a daughter, Heather L. Petry; a daughter-in-law; Carmen Cecilia Petry; and four Grandchildren; Andrea K. Petry, Elizabeth K. Petry, Raquel K. Petry, and Sebastian K. Petry. She is survived by three sisters-in-law; Helen Petry Sloan, Berniece Ballinger Petry Fletcher, and Bonnie Petry Smith; and three brothers-in-law, Keith W. Sloan, James P. Smith, and John M. Wanamaker. She is survived by several nieces and nephews from the above families.
Peggy was preceded in death by her Father, Harold Luhrs; Mother, Virginia Luhrs; Sister, Nancy Wanamaker; and Brother, Mark Luhrs.
Peggy began her formal education in an Atchison County, MO country school, and after three years she transferred to Rock Port Public School. Upon graduation, Peggy attended Colorado Women's College for one year, and then transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where she graduated with a degree in Music Education. Peggy worked for United Airlines, a Denver Kindergarten, and Rock Port School, where she met Don D. Petry. Don and Peggy were married on May 29, 1966.
Peggy served with her husband for over thirty-five years conducting educational conferences and seminars; establishing schools, colleges, and universities (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA and Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Nigeria); developing orphanages; and providing books, education materials, and relief programs to those in need (food, clothes, shoes, school supplies, equipment, and school uniforms). They also provided more than 50 scholarships for students to attend schools in their own countries, as well as schools and universities in the USA. More than fifty countries of the world were impacted by Peggy and Don Petry through TELED International Ministries, and the efforts continue today in USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, England, Switzerland, Albania, Sweden, Belgium, France, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and many more.
In countries of Africa and Latin America, Peggy was known as "Mama Peggy" because of her love and dedication, not only to the missions' teams, but all of those whom she unselfishly served. Peggy's name and legacy lives on today due to those who loved and honored her dedication so much that they would give their own children her name; two African children were named for Peggy. She also lives on in the lives of countless persons who were impacted by her unselfish servant's heart and her intercessory prayers for individuals and nations. Peggy always gave, and in her departure, she will continue to give as the work she began over thirty-five years ago continues today around the world in the ways and countries served before by TELED International Ministries.