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Peggy Copley Corley, 87, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Mennowood Retirement Community. 

She was a native of South Boston, Virginia, and was raised in Richmond, Virginia. Before settling in Virginia she lived in Georgia, England, California, Nevada, South Carolina and most recently was a resident of Gloucester for 30 years.

She was a dedicated nurse for over 50 years who graduated from the Johnston-Willis School of Nursing. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Red Hat Society. Her passion for cooking was known by her loved ones who enjoyed her delicious meals and desserts prepared by her, in addition to her published cookbook, “P.S. Enjoy.”

Throughout her life, her creativity was expressed in the beautiful, intricate quilts she created and colorful handmade flags.

She was a lover of dogs, particularly West Highland White Terriers, and was a recognized breeder and winner of numerous show awards. She felt her greatest accomplishment was the support and love she provided during her husband’s distinguished military career.

Those who knew Peggy know she was a firecracker who shined her light and spirit upon her beloved friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Corley II, and daughter, Robin Cole Corley.

Survivors include her son, John G. Corley III; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Perkinson Corley; and two grandchildren, Sarah Beth Corley and son-in-law, James Krakowski, and Emily Grace Corley and her friend John Phillips.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at White Marsh Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 19, at Maury Cemetery in Richmond.

Arrangements were in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.