Sally Hastings Pegues, 83, died peacefully at her home Thursday, July 4, 2013.
A celebration of life is 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Refreshments will be provided.
Burial will be Saturday, July 20, at Dido Cemetery.
Sally was born Aug. 26, 1929, in West Reading, Pa., to Dr. Joseph E. Smadel and Evelyn Wenrich Smadel. Evelyn later married H. Charles Hastings who became Sally’s stepfather.
Sally graduated early from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, in 1946, and studied art at Texas Woman’s University. Sally’s stepfather, Charles, was Commanding Officer of Meacham Field during World War II.
Sally was active and involved throughout her life, with a particular interest in history. She held the office of recording secretary for the Wise County Historical Society for more than 30 years. She also held several offices in the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, including regent, and she was proud of her many ancestors who fought and supported the revolution.
She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal church and was a member of the Altar Guild. She loved books and was an avid reader. She also contributed broadly to social, political and environmental issues.
Sally worked with her husband, Hugh, for more than 35 years at their ranch, Calm Leas Farm, raising prize-winning Herefords. They were members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and upon Hugh’s death, Sally continued their award-winning operation as business manager with the help of her family.
Sally was preceded in death by her husband; and a son, Alan.
Survivors include her son, Guy and wife, Irene, of Plano; daughter-in-law Linda Gilbert of Austin; daughters Sara Gibson and husband, Mark, of Maryland, Cecily Pegues and husband, John Sharpe, of Decatur, and Amy Walrath of Decatur; grandchildren Starla, Andrew, Matthew and Amanda; plus a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution or to the Wise County Historical Society.