Peggy Jean Riggs Wildman, 89 of Dallas, Texas died March 21, 2021. She was born May 21, 1931 to Howard and Delilah Riggs of Wellington, Texas.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon Wildman, and her older sister, Dorothy Jane Riggs. She is survived and missed by her sons, David Wildman (Donna) and Phillip Wildman (Terry), her daughters, Kelly Martin (Ed) and Suzy Smithson, 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Peggy believed that education was the key to opportunities in life. After graduating from Wellington High School iin 1948, she earned her undergraduate degree in education from Texas Technological University in Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Dallas and earned a master’s degree in education from Southern Methodist University. With young David and Phillip in tow, she then moved to Nashville, Tenn. to attend George Peabody College of Vanderbilt where she earned a doctorate in education.
Professionally, Peggy served as a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District, at University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. She also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in a number of positions.
Peggy was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church and affiliated with several organizations throughout her lifetime. Dallas County Mental Health Associaiton, Zonta, United Way, Texas United Community Services, AARP and University Park Planning and Zoning Commission were a few of the organizations that she served.
Peggy was an avid reader and enjoyed watching tennis. She took up bridge in her 80s and loved her band of bridge friends. She frequently made cheesecakes and her famous pralines to be distributed to family and friends. Peggy’s sense of adventure took her to many foreign countries and she loved to parasail – her last flight at age 80.
Her family would like to thank Ms. Vulmara Torres, Dr. Michael Valachovic, Dr. Mark Millard and the late Dr. Mark Armstrong for their care during the last years of her life.
The family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army or the Gladney Center for Adoption.