Peggy Jean Wallace
Peggy Jean Wallace
February 23, 1952 - June 13, 2017
Peggy Wallace, “age 29” of Holliday, passed away on June 13, 2017. A memorial service celebrating Peggy’s life will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Texoma Cowboy Church with Chad Stubblefield officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date.
Peggy was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on February 23, 1952, to Norris and Gracie Short. She grew up in Byers, Texas, working in the family grocery store with her sister Kathy. In the summers, Peggy and her brother and sisters helped their father N.E. Short bale hay on their farm, a job she said “got fancy” after Short brought in the first round baler in the area. Peggy would often say that sacking groceries and baling hay were jobs that instilled the work ethic and real-life skills needed for successful living.
Peggy went on to graduate from Byers High School in 1970, and after a short stint at Midwestern State University decided to make her way in the world, transferring to Tarleton State University. There she met Jim Bob Wallace through a group of mutual friends, and a two year romance began. Peggy married Jim Bob on January 4th, 1974, beginning a long and happy life together. They had two children, Amanda and Joel, who brought them much joy. Their time together was filled with laughter, love, beautiful gardens full of flowers, and a menagerie of animals.
In 1981, the Wallaces settled in the small town of Holliday, Texas, to join the Holliday ISD teaching staff. Peggy began as the High School Special Education teacher, where she quickly gained the love and admiration of her students. When she first started at Holliday, UIL Academics were not a high priority, and teams rarely made it past the District contest. Always a competitive and energetic teacher, she began working after school with students who were interested in prose, poetry, and debate. With the staunch support of her principal, Bill Lee, the Academic team began to garner more support from the School Board and a UIL Academic dynasty began. Over the next 36 years, her teams competed in the State UIL Academic meet numerous times, and she coached 46 individual state champion winners. During that time, Peggy also transitioned from Special Ed to AP English, always sharing her love of the written word with as much imagination as possible. Dressing up as a MacBethian witch, analyzing 70’s song lyrics, and sometimes, just simply reading aloud to the class made her lessons unforgettable.
At home, Peggy was a fun-loving, quick-to-help, quick-to-laugh, quick-with-a-chocolate-pie sister, daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was always there to listen to small tragedies and wipe away tears and served as number one cheerleader for every club, team, or event attempted. She was a constant feeder of visitors’ stomachs and souls, and blessed many a heart with heartfelt sincerity.
Peggy Jean Wallace is preceded in death by her parents and sister Kathy Long, and brothers-in-law Jim Pharries and John Wallace. Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Jim Bob; daughter Amanda and husband Michael Burnett, son Joel and wife Ellen Wallace; grandchildren, Penelope Burnett, and Miles and Nora Wallace; siblings, Eddie Short and wife Ann, and Priscilla Pharries; sisters-in-law Sondra Dickerson and husband Nealy, and Penny Wallace; and many well-loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from across the state.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Holliday High School UIL Academics Team or to the Texoma Cowboy Church.