May 24, 1929 - September 23, 2021
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV) Peggy Louise (Deitrich) Husk, 92-years-young, took her last precious earthly breath and was gathered into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, September 23, 2021. She passed peacefully at the home of her eldest daughter, Tami (and John Griffith), in Charlotte, NC. Her son, Wes was holding her hand as she joined her heavenly Father. A few days shy of her 89th birthday she was diagnosed with colon cancer and after immediate surgery, began three years of treatment. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through surgery, radiation and at times grueling chemotherapy. Yet even throughout her struggle from the effects of chemo she endeavored to stay active by walking, attending church, giving swimming lessons and instructions to grandchildren, and other activities. Peggy was born on May 24, 1929, in Emporia, Kansas to John Peter and Elsie Mae (Finuf) Deitrich. She was one of nine children: Virginia Lee Cotton (Robert), Mae Arlene Cornwell (Raymond), Esther Waneta Sutton (Harold), John Junior Deitrich (Phyllis), Peggy Louise Husk (Donald), Dorothy Marie Doolittle (Dudley), Norman Clarence Deitrich, Carol Jean Means (Jim) and Janice Lynn Knight (Terry). During her high school years, there was no transportation provided to Emporia High School from her family’s home. Peggy was able to move in with a family close to the school so she could attend. After graduating from high school Peggy moved to Omaha, NE to live with her sister, Waneta and her husband. There she met Donald Charles Husk and they married on May 26, 1956. Married for 65 years, Peggy & Don raised their four children, Rod, Tami, Wes and Sonja. They made their home in Omaha, NE, Leavenworth, KS, Fargo, ND, Valley Park, MN, Arvada, Larkspur and Castle Rock, CO, Cincinnati, OH and Indian Trail, NC. Given a true servant’s heart, she faithfully cared for family and friends through various acts of kindness. She asked Jesus to be the Lord of her life early in their marriage and was instrumental in making church attendance and activities a constant so that her children would come to know the Lord. Well, done, good and faithful servant! As a woman of faith, she taught by example with acts of love and giving. She was selfless. She had the gift of help and throughout her life she lived out a desire to help, teach and learn. She would say her occupation was a homemaker and she did that exceedingly well. She was an accomplished seamstress and taught her daughters to sew while they all worked at Hancock Fabrics. She had many other part-time jobs at various times but the thing she loved the most was teaching people how to swim. Which is ironic, since she could not swim and couldn’t even put her face in the water as a middle-aged adult. She was a highly sought-after swim instructor at the Castle Rock Recreation Center (Castle Rock, CO) and loved teaching children to become comfortable in the water and swim. And they loved her! Later, after moving to North Carolina, she volunteered at the Monroe Aquatic Center (Monroe, NC) with the special-needs aquatic program. She took great joy in helping people enjoy the water therapeutically and to have a knowledge of basic strokes. Known for her outgoing and spunky nature Peggy would frequently engage in conversation with complete strangers. She would often share underwater pictures of herself in the pool, touching the bottom of the deep end at age 85. She always wanted to learn about her Iphone and computer and then desired to share that knowledge with her peers and strangers, whoever would listen. She and Don enjoyed camping and took many trips throughout the U.S. in their RV. She loved the opportunity to see distant new places and traveled to Honolulu, New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Madrid, Olviedo and Almeria, Spain and Melbourne, Australia to highlight a few. She loved her friends at the Monroe Aquatic Center, Sardis Baptist Church and in her neighborhood. They loved and cared for her dearly and added so much to her life the last several years. Her gift of love, shown through her smile, laughter, and mischievous personality, will long be cherished by many. Peggy’s surviving family members are husband Don, son Rodney (wife Leette, children Rachel, Sarah, Kelise and Kia); daughter Tami Griffith (husband John, children Ethan (Emily), Rahel and Helen), son Wesley (children Julia and Jonathan), daughter Sonja Finke (husband Kevin, children Chad and Emma (Chris) Hempstead). Deitrich family survivors are her sisters Dorothy Doolittle, Carol Means and Janice Knight. A gathering to honor and remember the precious life of Peggy will be held on October 23, 2021 at Sardis Baptist Church, 3602 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC. Peggy loved brightly colored clothing and her favorite color was any shade of purple or lavender. Please feel free to wear bright, beautiful colors to this celebration. Time to reminisce about Peggy with family and friends will be at 11:00 a.m. and a message of rejoicing, hope and healing will follow at noon. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to: 24 Foundation: PO Box 31007, Charlotte, NC 28231 or online at www.24Foundation.org | 704-365-4417 | 24 Foundation is a non-profit organization in Charlotte providing cancer navigation and survivorship services in Charlotte. Peggy was able to receive services from 24 Foundation and enjoyed getting to know the staff. Please note “In memory of Peggy Husk” in your donation. Sardis Baptist Church: 3602 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079 or www.sardisbaptist.com/give-online | (704) 882-2982 | Peggy made Sardis Baptist her church home, where she loved and was well loved, many years ago. Please note “In memory of Peggy Husk” in your donation. This summary of a life well lived for her Lord and Savior is lovingly written in honor of our precious Mother. It is our tribute to the memories she left us, and her legacy which carries on in each of us – We rejoice that she is in the arms of Jesus!
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