Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Peggy Neill Russ passed away peacefully January 4,2021. She was 91 years old.
Peggy is survived by two daughters devoted daughters, Christy Hardy (John) of Greensboro and Melissa Russ of Charlotte she is also survived by three grandchildren Beth Wise (Matthew), William Hardy, and Preston Russ as well as four great grandchildren Liam Hardy, Jacob Hardy, Hardy Wise, Wyatt Wise. She is preceded in death by her husband Les Russ, sister Mary Kaylor and great-grandson Colton Wise.
Peggy was born and raised in Gastonia. She attended Scared Heart College. During this time she was Miss North Carolina Apple Queen. Peggy met the love of her life, the late Les Russ in 1957.After they were married they moved to Charlotte. Peggy was the ultimate homemaker. She was so involved in her daughter’s lives, from Brownies to Girl Scouts, to volunteering in the schools they attended. After the girls grew up she began to work at Peppermint Forest. She loved all things Christmas and the decorating that went with it. One of her favorite places in the world was the beach. She enjoyed spending time there with her family and friends. She could spend all day on the beach watching the waves and strolling along picking up and collecting sea shells.
Peggy moved to Carriage Club in 2012. It is no surprise that she was the life of the party and she would find any reason to celebrate. She made many good friends there.
Many of the people special in Peggy’s life called her Row Row. A name she answered to with pride that stemmed from rocking her granddaughter as a baby and singing the nursery rhyme ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’ over and over again. The grands were the apple of her eye.
We will have a Celebration Of Life at a later date. Contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Doves Nest of Charlotte.