October 8, 2002
Peggy Crews passed away due to lung cancer. She refused treatments due
to not wanting to have her family tend her needs and see her sick for
that last year it would give her. She wanted to die with dignity. And
that she did.
Services were held at the Allen's Funeral Home in Morristown Tenn..
She leaves behind:
A brother: name unknown to me.
Her daughter Bobbi
Her son Shannon
His wife Susie and
She also leaves behind her two most prize possessions. Jerky Perky a
blue American parakeet and Joker, a green quaker. Her other prize
possessions were Itty-Bitty a blue American parakeet. Rainbow a pied peach face
Itty-Bitty died in 2002 due to becoming egg bound. She had not survived
the surgery performed to help her. She had not just one egg but she had
two of them she was trying to lay. Poor little girl. She was an itty
bitty thing too. She was about half the size of a regular American
parakeet. But she did have spunk. She was also a pet store purchase that
gave Peggy many hours, during the days to follow, of fun and loving
Rainbow was what you would call a freebie. He was not a rescue bird per
se but one that knew where he was needed. He flew in to the area and
landed at Peggy's apartment stoop. She heard him calling and she
answered by giving him a home for awhile. He was a free flighted bird as
was Itty-Bitty. He would be on Peggy along time when he wanted to visit
her. He had his regular spots marked out so the other birds she had
would know it was his area they were in. He may have somehow knew she
was ill and had given her all the time she needed with him. She told me
once," Rainbow flew in to me when he was needed and now he has
flown off to be with another that may need him more." He flew out
the door one day. He never attempted to do that before.
Joker Bird, is a different matter all together. He has had a set place
with Peggy since he was 6 months old. She brought him home and finished
feeding him out so they were bonded from the start. He was hers and she
was his. Nothing in-between, Period. Since Peggy's passing, Joker is
finding himself a new and loving home in Dayton Ohio. He has taken to
his new owners well. He prefers the man of the house than the lady.
Peggy Crews and I met online, she was in the -All4budgies group before I
subbed in. We got to know each other on the list and then we were
chatting in personal email then it was no time at all that we were on
each others buddy list. We chatted online for hours into the morning.
She would share stories of the fids she had and how they reacted to
different situations. She had me laughing so hard I would wake my
husband up a few times. He was in another room than me.
Peggy and I knew each other since 1999. She had invited me to visit her
when we found we were just a 3 hour drive apart. I did finally go meet
her. I found out a bit more of this fascinating lady. She is an eccentric
or as close to one as you can be. She did things to the tune of her own
drummer. She liked it that way too.
She loved life and sought out the smaller things to enjoy, like the
sunsets and the sky after a thundershower from her 4th floor balcony
view. She took video after video of her fids and of the sky changes at
night. Sunsets there were breathtaking to say the least and they gave
her such pleasure to see them.
Peggy had some problems later on that would scare her, her thoughts were
getting scrambled and she would find herself in a lost frame of mind at
times. She went to see the dr on this and in a short few months she had
been diagnosed with lung cancer and had radical surgery to remove 98% of
her left lung. I awaited to hear from her and I had, after the fact. I
scolded her for not letting me know so I could be with her for that. The
cancer spread quickly throughout her systems. They didn't get it in
time. I went to her side and helped my friend pack all her possessions
up so she could be with her son and family during the time she has left.
We made arrangements to get her birds to me after she died. She loved me
that much to trust me with them, as they were her prize possessions. I
saw that when I was there. I did not get them as planned, but sometimes
those plans made are not always the best. The final home for her birds
is in Ohio and seems to be the best for them too. It worked out well.
Peggy would have been happy and proud of who has them. Peggy also knows
these people She would have approved of that change.
Peggy had wished to be cremated and her ashes spread out in the ocean in
Florida. Her wishes will be honored by her daughter Bobbi.
She will be going out a few miles off shore and during the full moon her
ashes will be placed onto the ocean waves. Peggy loved the outdoors and
the ocean brought her allot of peace, she also loved the sky during the
full moons. Bobbi has picked November 19, 2002 to fulfill her moms dying
wishes. Her ashes will be laid to rest on the ocean in Florida near her
home there during a full moon.
Peggy has been an asset to the bird groups she has been a member of. She
has shared her joys and sorrows of her birds with us and has given of
her knowledge of them. She was a kid at heart. And a joy to know. I will
miss her dearly. As will others that knew her. She always took the time
to smell the roses.
In addition to the family and fids that she left behind, she also leaves
the dear friends she has made along life's highway.
Good Bye my Friend, I will miss you dearly.
Happy Birding Janice