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Peggy Brown Jett

Peggy Brown Jett

Peggy Brown Jett, on December 30, 2012, went to be with her Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Peggy was born on November 11, 1926 to Llewellyn and Lucille Brown and grew up in Malvern, Arkansas.

She attended Hendrix College for one year and then transferred to the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with a degree in Spanish. She was a proud member of Chi Omega sorority. At the University, she met the love of her life, William H. Jett. Peggy and Bill were married in 1948, settling in Little Rock after living in Helena, AR for the first years of their marriage.

Peggy’s life was all about giving and serving others, especially her family. She was a wife and life partner to Bill, a devoted mother of two daughters and a proud grandmother of three. A life-long Methodist, Peggy was a member of Pulaski Heights Methodist Church.

In 1957, she joined the Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, with bridge becoming the game and passion of her life. Bridge gave Peggy a game in which she excelled as well as friends for life. She became a Life Master in 1967 and a Diamond Life Master in 2006. She served on the Board of the Bridge House throughout the 1980’s, becoming President in 1988. She became a certified director in 1969 and served the club in that capacity until 2012. She was privileged to be named a Goodwill Ambassador by the American Contract Bridge League. Her greatest honor in the bridge world came in 2008 when Allen Siebert generously named a room in the newly constructed Bridge House the “Peggy Jett Room”. Allen recognized Peggy’s understanding that bridge is a highly competitive game, but what really matters is the camaraderie and life-long friendships that bridge provides.

In addition to bridge, Peggy enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in various athletic and artistic pursuits. She was a sports fan, particularly of golf and Razorback basketball. She frequently said that although she didn’t play golf, that she considered herself a golfer. She was also well known for her cooking, particularly her chocolate covered cherries, that she made by the hundreds during the holidays.

Peggy was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her daughters, Martha Jett McAlister of Maumelle, AR, and Leslie Sweeney (John) of Cordova, TN, and her three grandchildren, Jett McAlister of Chicago, IL, and Patrick and Rachel Sweeney of Cordova, TN and a host of nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 3, at Ruebel Funeral Home, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 4, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, at 11:30 am with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Condolence Book

"Dear Sweet Peggy:
One of the greatest joys of our life has been sharing grandparent hood with you. How we will miss you at our family gatherings with Leslie,John,Patrick and Rachel.
Rest in Peace, Peggy. You are a lovely Lady and have been a lovely grandmother to our grandchildren.
Sincerely
Larry & Chickie "

Larry & Chickie Sweeney | Houston, TX | csweeney@entouch.net

"Dearest Martha and all...
It is so hard to allow our loved ones to leave us, but it is only the physical body that is gone. Peggy will forever be with each of you in conversation, in your memories, and in your hearts. Once someone has touched our lives, they are always a part of us.
A true Southern lady has departed this life. Heaven now has a new angel, who will be teaching and playing bridge throughout eternity! There may soon be a Peggy Jett Room at the Bridge House located through the gate and down the third street of gold to the left.
Thank you for sharing this precious woman with all of us.
Love to each of you,
Marijean and Mike Voss
Doug and Lee Ann Voss"

Marijean Voss | Conway, AR | voss8280@aol.com

"My husband, Bill always spoke so fondly and highly of Peggy. He spoke with such respect for her. She was dear friend of Bill's mother, Tommye and that was how I met her. When I met her I thought "wow! I wish I could be friends with this lady." What a personality; what a smile; what a nice, nice person. I only wish I could have known her better. She was darling!
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. We know your family is hurting. May Peggy rest in peace.
Gail and Bill Davis, Batesville
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Gail Davis | Batesville, AR | gdavis@billdavistrucking.com

"Peggy was the epitome of a southern lady in all respects. My heart goes out to Bill and the girls for their loss.
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Diane Siebert | Little Rock, AR | dianejsiebert@gmail.com

"May the peace of the Holy Spirit be with you during this time.
God Bless,
Robert,Pam and Natalie Hodges"

Robert and Pam Hodges | Little Rock, AR | pawhodges@comcast.net

"Dear Leslie, Larry (John), Rachel and Patrick, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Mother/Grandmother. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Leslie, although I never met your Mother, from all I've heard, I do know that she was a lovely woman. My sympathy goes to your Father/Grandfather, as well."
Linda Sweeney Bennett | Watertown, MA | llbwatertown@aol.com

"Bill,
I am so sorry for your loss. Both of you were such good friends to Mom over your bridge playing years. I know Mom will be glad to get another bridge player in heaven. they will be setting up tournaments soon I am sure.

May God give you comfort during this time.

Laura Williams Wallace (Donna's daughter)"

Laura Williams Wallace | Fort Smith, AR | lwallace@arkbest.com

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are so sorry for your loss."
Kelley & Gina Hodges Bailey | Little Rock, AR | baileyginad@uams.edu

"Bill You and your family are in my prayers at this time.

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord; and let light perputual shine upon her. "

Gordon Maroney | Smackover Arkansas | gmaroney@att.net

"I remember Peggy as one of the sweetest, warmest, most wonderful people. Sending hugs and love to Bill, her family, and the many many people who will miss her dearly.
Cynthia (Alex & Donna's daughter)"

Cynthia Duggan | Little Rock, AR |

"Bill & family, I am so sad to hear about Peggy. When I was younger in LR, I enjoyed being with Peggy & Martha much more than people my age. I have so many good memories, and appreciated how you and Martha made me feel almost like family when I couldn't be with mine. As you know, Peggy was a great person, bridge player and especially friend. As Laurie said, I'm sure Peggy, Donna and Martha are playing bridge and laughing in heaven. Miss them greatly."
Debbi Burns | Largo, FL | villabelle@tampabay.rr.com

"My sympathy. Good memories of Bill and Peggy from B&C Shoe Store, Malvern,1949-50. "
Bob Garrett | Camden, AR | garrettbj@cablelynx.com

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