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June 5, 1944 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Peggy Gene Ellis was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 5, 1944. She was the oldest of two children born to Herbert and Florence Ellis. Growing up, she attended Catholic School, and after graduation, she went to business college.
She later moved to Denver, Colorado, where she met her husband, Leander (Lee) Mathis. They were married on June 19, 1964. Born to this union were three children: Karen (oldest), Gerald (Middle), and Heidi, the baby. Peggy loved the cold weather, but Lee did not, being originally from Texas. He worked at a Tire Shop outside in the weather and finally reached his Colorado snow limit. He told Peggy they were going to visit family in Texas. They packed the car and family’s luggage for their trip to Dallas in 1970; the rest is history.
Peggy lived a life of service and was always willing to help others. She loved children and spent most of her life teaching preschool. Working at Mt Olive Day Care, Marsalis Church of Christ Daycare, and Cliff View Church of Christ Day Care. She also worked with the elderly. However, her biggest and most rewarding job was caring for her five grandchildren from infants through elementary school. She enjoyed teaching them, and they loved listening to Nana read to them. The Mathis family and extended cousins were blessed to have “Nana,” and she enjoyed teaching every child that she encountered. Many of those children are well into their 40s and still tell childhood stories of their time at Nana’s.
She enjoyed celebrating all the holidays, but her favorite was Christmas. The best memory will always be the silver tinsel Christmas tree with the rotating color lights wheel that shined on it to change the color of the tree. She always looked forward to decorating the house and buying gifts for everyone. One of her proudest and happiest moments was when her first grandchild, Christian, was born. She was just as excited when the other four arrived: Brittany, Edward, Camryn, and the baby Majesty.
She was an avid Michael Jackson fan, and even in her later years, when her memory was not the best, she would perk right up and start tapping her foot and moving her head to the beat whenever she would hear those notorious beats playing and her favorites were “You Are Not Alone, and I Can’t Let Her Get Away.” She loved all animals and had so many pets we lost count. Dutchess, the German Shepherd, was her favorite dog; we know Lacy, her Golden Tabby, will miss her.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her stepfather Allen Reed, her stepson Terry Mathis, her husband Lee Mathis, and her brother, Elmer LeRoy Ellis. Those left to cherish her loving memory are her children, Karen (Shelby) Reese, Gerald (Charlotte) Mathis, and Heidi (Raymond) Adams. Her stepdaughters Sherill (Roy) Johnson, Pamela Shoals, Karen Fay Mathis, and Naomi Stephens. Her grandchildren: Christian Bayley, Brittany Mathis, Edward Mathis, Camyrn Bayley, Majesty Mathis, Garrett Adams, and other relatives and friends.