A mother of 6, Peggy has been a lifelong Long Island, New York resident having lived in Bayshore, Amityville and Deer Park. Faced with the unbearable burden and pain of having to bury three of her children, Aunt Peggy remains a dedicated devotee to God. Shas been a long time parishioner at Bethel AME Church in Copiague formerly Amityville. Her years in retirement has been spent with family and friends. I actually owe her a day out and a ride to the casino lol. In addition to her Long Island family, she can often be found visiting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in North Carolina and Georgia.
One of the things I look forward to in the summers is Aunt Peggy’s baked beans. No matter what barbecue or family event we attend I can count on her delicious one of a kind beans to be on the menu. Along with the beans is her inviting hug and the genuine pleasure I see on her face when my side of the family sees her. The stories my uncles, aunt and my mom tell me about growing up with Aunt Peggy’s children never get old. They remain great memories that have helped to shape my perception of Aunt Peggy and how much she means to us all. Today as I continue my Black History Month tributes, I thank God for Aunt Peggy and I’m reminded of how important family is.