|Mrs. Peggy Joyce Ice Williamson was born on November 4, 1923, in Gorman, Texas, the daughter of Mildred Ice and the late Charles O. Ice. She grew up in Monahans, Texas where she graduated from high school in 1941, after which she earned a BS Degree in Foods and Nutrition from Texas Tech University.
Peggy married her high school sweetheart, Harvey, on August 25, 1945, and moved to Dallas where Harvey attended Perkins School of Theology and she worked as a dietician in Crowser Tech High School. They moved to Louisiana in 1950. It was about 1973, while they lived in Alexandria, that Peggy began her painting career. She painted in oils and even tried other mediums, but oils remained her preference. She enjoyed landscapes as well as florals. She continued her painting in Shreveport and Baton Rouge and studied with artists from California, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Peggy was a Christian lady with all of the finest images such a description brings to mind. I cannot remember any given set of circumstances, whether they were joyous, painful or somewhere in between, that Peggy’s response could be described as other than that of a Christian lady. The message of the scriptures had somehow gotten through to Peggy, that life is given to be lived, and so she continually took it out in the market place and lived it. The way Jesus Christ teaches us to measure the meaning of life, the life that Peggy lived, was full of meaning.
Peggy died at her home on October 4, 1996. The celebration of her life was held at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge on October 7, 1996. Officiating were Drs. Charles B. Simmons, Kenneth R. Reed and Stone W. Caraway. Interment was in Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey G. Williamson; her mother, Mrs. C.O. Ice; a son, Kenneth A. Williamson; a daughter, Marilyn Kay Burgess; two brothers, Charles O. Ice, Jr. and Lanny G. Ice; and five grandchildren.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1997; p. 275 By Dr. Stone W. Caraway|