Lakewood Funeral Chapel
98 North Dixie Drive
Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Saturday, June 29, 2024
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Peggy Josephine Miltenberger

of Lake Jackson, TX

April 8, 1938 - June 23, 2024

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Peggy Horn Miltenberger passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2024, with family by her side.

Peggy was born in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, to Clifford and Eunice Horn.

Preceding Peggy in death was her husband, Bobby; her parents Clifford and Eunice; and her two brothers, Richard and Bill Horn.

In the summer of 1948 Peggy, her parents, and her two brothers departed Alabama on her dad's shrimp boat ''The Crimson Tide'' and traveled to Texas. Their trip took them along the waterways of Mississippi, Louisiana, and into the Gulf of Mexico. Their journey of six days ended with them landing at the boat docks near the old Velasco, Texas railroad bridge. There, for many years, they lived in a small trailer with two rooms attached. Moving to Texas was a challenging decision as it meant leaving behind grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and all their relatives on both sides of the family. In retrospect, it proved to be best for their family as opportunities were greater in Texas at that time.

Peggy and her brothers attended Velasco Elementary, Velasco Jr. High School, and then Brazosport High School. Peggy's children would follow the same educational trail with one noted exception, they would all attend and graduate from college. That was something Peggy had planned and saved for from the first day each one began school.

Peggy met her future husband, Bobby, when she was working at the Velasco movie theatre. She was having to walk from Velasco to her family's home in Surfside and Bobby asked to drive her home. On September 8, 1955, Peggy married Bobby and they eventually moved to Oyster Creek, Texas, where they raised their four children.

After earning her GED (with Bobby's encouragement), Peggy began working as a secretary at Hooker Chemical. From there she was hired as a loan officer for the then fledgling Texas Dow Employee Credit Union where she was instrumental in assisting countless numbers of residents in obtaining their loans.

In a time when it was unusual for women to be in positions of authority, the plethora of members whose lives she had touched voted for her to become a director on the TDECU Board. The trust the members of TDECU placed in Peggy was never forgotten. Every vote she made while on the Board was with the members' best interest foremost in her decision. She would often remind us that the credit union was created by the working class man and the belief that they deserved to have a place to save and create a better financial future for their families. Peggy would remain on the Board of Directors for 31 years, working right up until her passing.

Although Peggy retired from BASF Corporation in 1986 to spend more time with her family. However, she remained a passionate advocate for the TDECU community right up until her death. Peggy was an inspiring role-model for future generations by demonstrating, that while you may come from humble beginnings, you are capable of amazing accomplishments with hard-work, ethical decisions, and focusing on your future goals. Peggy was the epitome of brains, beauty, and business.

Peggy enjoyed a wide genre of music, dancing, gardening, and traveling. Her priority in life remained staying in tune with what was taking place within her family circle. Peggy was not always able to 'fix' or 'solve' challenges in their lives, but was willing to try. One had only to mention something they were needing to do or research and she was right on top of it before you could stop her!

Left to celebrate her life are her four children, Bob 'Steve' Miltenberger (Michele), Rita Miltenberger Pitts, Susan Fairchild (Rickey), and Pamela Miltenberger; bonus daughters include Veronica Thomas and Julia Leal-Holcomb; Peggy cherished her grandchildren Evonn Reyes (Raul), Jered Caraway (Morgan), Andrew Caraway (Arielle), Kevin Pitts (Sheena), Jocelyn Pitts, Jessica White (Bobby), and Michael Miltenberger; Peggy also leaves behind twelve great-grandchildren. Kahala who would spend Friday nights and would take turns reading books to each other. Romeo who could melt his Grannie's heart with his winning smile. A special treat was watching her musical great-grandson, Tristan, grow in positive character and knowledge. Leyla and Saint came into their great-granny's life just in time for her to baby sit once again and kept her on the go. Dublin, Brannigan, Will, Hadley, Addison, and Landon were the youngest great-grandchildren and ALWAYS brought a flurry of fun, noise, and excitement and kept her laughing. The 12th and youngest, Brianna, was born two days after Peggy's passing.

Please join us as we celebrate our mother's life on Saturday, June 29th, with a visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Lakewood (Turner) Funeral home in Lake Jackson. It will be followed by words of celebration shared by Pastor Roland Hendricks of Greater Mount Zion Church at approximately 3:30 p.m. There will be no graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to two charities close to Peggy's heart: St. Jude Children's Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project.

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4 Condolence(s)
Paula Henderson Collins
Sunday, June 30, 2024

My deepest condolences for Peggy's family. Bobby and my dad, Allen (AT) Henderson worked and carpooled to work at Dow for many years. Peggy and my mom,Addie became great friends in the shift worker's wives circle. Praying for comfort and peace as God takes you through this.

David Sikora
Austin, TX
Saturday, June 29, 2024

My name is Dave Sikora and I have the honor of serving as Chairman of the Board for TDECU. I had every intention of attending the service today but after a 2-hour delay my flight was cancelled. In any event, I am there in spirit and praying for Peggy's legacy and family.

TDECU was founded on the belief of people helping people and that spirit of genuine friendship and advocacy for others is what I will hold dear when I remember Peggy Miltenberger. For many people, Peggy was synonymous with TDECU. Early in her career, she worked as a TDECU loan officer. She joined the TDECU Board of Directors in 1993 and served the Board in numerous leadership roles during a remarkable 31-year tenure.

I joined the TDECU Board in 2015 and words can't describe my sense of gratitude for her commitment and contributions to the business. Most recently, she worked on the Audit & Finance, Governance & Nominating Committees and served on the Insurance Board. She was passionate about the credit union movement and was a successful advocate for changes to field of membership regulation.

I speak on behalf of the TDECU Board, our Employees and Members when I say we have been blessed to know her. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family. Peggy always brought unique insights to the table, but most importantly, she filled the room with sunshine and a positive attitude.

May her legacy shine upon us always.

Gregory Montana
Jacksonville, FL
Saturday, June 29, 2024

I had the pleasure and honor of serving on the TDECU Board with Ms. Peggy. She was an inspiration to everyone who worked with her. Her smile, positive attitude and advocacy for the TDECU members will never be forgotten. I pray for the repose of Ms. Peggy's soul. To her loving family and friends, may peace and comfort find you during this most difficult time. Ms. Peggy's light may be gone from sight, but will forever be in our hearts. Lord, we praise you today for your servant, Ms. Peggy, and all you did through her. We thank you now for all that we saw of your goodness and love in her life and for all that she means to each of us. Meet us in our sadness and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving, for having had the opportunity to know Ms. Peggy and the hope through Jesus Christ, of reuniting with her again.

God bless,
Greg Montana

Mike Stephens
Helena, AL
Thursday, June 27, 2024

I am sorry of your loss. Mothers are special, no matter age or infirmaty, loss of one's mom is hard. Peggy and my mother were high school friends, and off and on again in adulthood. She was a sweet lady. Prayers for strength as you and your family come together to say goodbye.