Margaret "Peggy" Moffitt Kelly died peacefully on Sunday, June 14th at her home in Erwin, N.C. at the age of 87. She was born in Asheboro, N.C. on June 28, 1927, to Allene Alston and Stuart Rhodes Moffitt. She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, where she was the salutatorian, and received a B.A. from the Woman’s College (W. C.) in Greensboro, N.C. Her early career included teaching French and English in the Linden, Fayetteville, and Erwin communities. Her love of teaching extended to teaching a three-year art course that was sponsored by the Helen Bridges Book Club in Erwin. Peggy was a gifted portrait artist, completing the likenesses of her husband, her three children, and nine grandchildren. She also recreated picturesque landscapes, historic homes, and baptismal backdrops for local churches in the area.
Peggy, with love and thanksgiving, served her church, community, and family. For decades she was a Sunday school teacher at Erwin Presbyterian Church and was the Moderator of the Presbyterian Women. Peggy was a charter member of the Good Hope Hospital Auxiliary in Erwin and devoted twenty-seven years of volunteer service to this organization. She was an active member of the National Colonial Dames of America, Cumberland Committee, Fayetteville, for fifty years.
Peggy was married to Robert (Bob) Harris Kelly for sixty-four years. She is survived by her devoted husband; a daughter, Stuart Kelly Davis and husband Ron of Erwin; a daughter, Gaither Kelly Velker and husband Steve of Smithfield; and a son, Robert Harris Kelly, Jr. and wife Pam of Dunn.
Peggy is preceded in death by a brother, Stuart Rhodes Moffitt, Jr. and a sister, Elizabeth Burton Moffitt.
Peggy is survived by nine grandchildren: Margaret Alston Davis of Raleigh; Spencer Harrison Davis of Charlotte; Mary Thorburn Davis of Hilton Head, S.C.; Sarah Gaither Fleming of Smithfield; John Dixon Fleming III and wife Claira of Knightdale; Elizabeth Burton Fleming of Pinehurst; Robert Harris Kelly III of Aiken, S.C.; Catherine Bergstrand Kelly of Vienna, Austria; and William Rhodes Kelly of Raleigh. Peggy leaves one great grandson, John (Jack) Dixon Fleming IV of Knightdale. She is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.
Peggy was affectionately known by her grandchildren as “Mam”. She inspired them through her love of life, her cute sense of humor, and her family values. Peggy’s favorite place to enjoy with family was their cottage at Lake Waccamaw, N.C. Many happy summers were spent swimming, skiing, boating, and singing on the porch in the evenings.
The family extends heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the caring and compassionate members of the Liberty Hospice staff. We could not have done this without you.
The visitation will be at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home in Dunn Wednesday evening, June 17th from 6-8 P.M. A private memorial service and interment will be held for the family on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Erwin Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 595 Erwin, N.C. 28339.