Peggy Louise Greene was born on February 24, 1949 in Washington, DC to Louis Dennis and Theresa Pinckney. Peggy’s journey in life began with her attending public schools in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC. She attended Elliot Junior High School and Eastern Senior High where she later graduated. Peggy was active in the school choir and various clubs. As a young woman, Peggy was presented to society in the late 1960’s when she became a Debutante. She acquired long term friends and learned the true meaning of sisterhood. Peggy briefly attended University of the District of Columbia working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. Peggy had an unwavering faith in God and was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. When her family moved to Washington, DC, she joined Enon Baptist Church where she served on the Young Adult Usher Board for several years. She later returned to church in Alexandria Virginia as a member of Victory Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1972, Peggy married and from that brief union had one daughter, Elizabeth Greene. She was a devoted mother with a mission to love, nurture and teach Elizabeth how to be just as strong as she was. Peggy made it her life mission to be the best mommy she could be. She would often throw sleepovers, taking Elizabeth and her friends to Kalorama Road Skating Rink in Northwest DC on the weekends she didn’t have to work. The two became an inseparable team and worked together to build everlasting family bonds and memories.
As a grandmother, Peggy was known as “Nanny”. She played a crucial role in the rearing of Lenuel and Lenisha from the day they were born. She cared for each of them daily after an overnight shift at work until they attended preschool at the age of 3. Once they began school, she ensured they had a homemade lunch and were safely on the school bus. She became known to their friends as Nanny and cheerfully accepted the role of extended grandmother to all she met.
Peggy was supportive and loved helping people. She was “paying it forward” before that phrase became known. She would happily give you the clothes off of her back, give or lend money or give you a place to stay just as others had done for her. Her favorite charities to donate to were St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Lupus Foundation. She enjoyed cooking for family, friends and co-workers. When it came to fixing her famous potato salad, you ain’t said nothing but a word, she was on it whenever asked and for any occasion.
Peggy worked in various positions to provide for her family. In 1985, she found her niche and joined the Labor & Delivery staff at Providence Hospital of Washington, DC. There she met people from all walks of life, some of which would become lifelong friends. She loved reaching out to her coworkers whether to wish them a happy birthday or to check on their children. She was known to have phone numbers, addresses, and birthdays memorized by heart. Peggy eventually retired in 2015 after 30 years of service. Although retired, she worked in the family’s child care business. The children “loved them some Nanny” and she loved them back. The children’s favorite morning song is Nanny’s accidental remix to Pease Porridge Hot, known in the program as the “Nanny Remix”.
Peggy’s life goals included family first, work hard and play even harder. When it came to having fun, she enjoyed travelling. She was quick to participate in bus trips to various casinos, take a cruise or go to her favorite place, Myrtle Beach. Peggy attend a multitude of theatrical plays and musical concerts. She loved to gather with family and friends at popular restaurants or co-host cabarets. Peggy loved music and dancing. She was known to dance whether she was in or out of her seat clapping her hands, stopping her feet and singing to any song that came on. During her cabaret years, she could be seen hand dancing or “doing the butt”.
Peggy has had various health challenges throughout her life. A few of which she made miraculous recoveries. This last battle was more than she could tolerate. On September 6, 2022, Peggy peacefully transitioned to her new spiritual life. She is preceded in life by her mother, Theresa Pinckney; father, Louis Dennis; and sister, Gwendolyn Bristol. Peggy is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Greene; grandson, Lenuel Paige, Jr.; granddaughter, Lenisha Paige; brothers, Lawrence Pearson (Mildred), Louis Pearson (Twanda), John Pinckney (Donna); sister, Wendy Pierce (Roger); cousin-daughter, Celeste Brown; niece-daughter, Marion Hodges; extended family… sister, JoAnn O’Brien (Edward); daughters, April Goode-Bradley, Kim Lanier; sons, Lenuel Paige Sr., Keith Timmons, George Phillips (Marcia), Sean Jackson (Tonya); bonus grands, Sheqwana Wooldridge, Lauren Ashley Daley; and a host of devoted family and friends.