Peggy Ann Bruce West

Born in Nashville, TN

Departed on June 1, 2019

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Peggy Ann Bruce West of Gallatin was born on November 22 and raised in East Nashville, lived her adult life in Hendersonville, TN, then Gallatin, and passed away suddenly on June 1, 2019. She is preceded in death by her parents: William Robert Bruce, Sr. and Lela Frances Shoemake Bruce; brothers: William Robert Bruce, Jr., and David Lynn Bruce; sisters: Ruby McPherson Graham, Polly Hoover, Betty Odom and Fay Roy.

She is survived by husband, Walter Lawrence West; daughter Jackie (Chuck) Cowden, son Gary (Julie) West; sisters-in-law: Frances Bruce and Shirley Bruce; grandchildren: Chase (Catherine) Cowden, Weston (Kelly) Cowden, Lauren (Patrick) Anderson, Hunter West, Chad (Sherry) Hutton, Angelo and Nicholas Boone; great-grandchildren: Breck and Greyson Cowden, Asher and Lilia Anderson, Ericka, Everett, Elizabeth and Eli Henry Hutton, Henry Knestrick and dozens of loving nieces and nephews.

Peggy attended East High School in Nashville and was employed at Cooper and Martin Grocery Store before starting her career at Southern Bell as a telephone operator. She grew up attending Shelby Street Baptist Church and later First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. Until her death she enjoyed playing gospel hymns on her piano to the delight of all who heard her. She was an avid duplicate bridge player and had achieved the prestigious level of Silver Life Master. She played weekly at Vanderbilt Bridge Club where she was instrumental in starting the fund- raising campaign for their purchase of the current site and Education Center on White Bridge Road. She also played several times each week with the Hendersonville Bridge Club and was loved and known by all there.

Funeral Services for Peggy will be held on Tuesday June the 4th, at 12:00PM Noon in the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home with interment to follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. The family will accept visitors at the funeral home beginning on Monday June 3rd from 4:00PM - 6:00PM. Visitation will continue Tuesday June 4th from 11:00AM until Service time at 12:00PM Noon.

Generous, caring, loving, nurturing and always carrying a smile and a conversation, she will be fondly remembered by all who were blessed and graced by her presence.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to: United Way of Wilson County, CASA of Wilson County, Vanderbilt Bridge Club Education Center (White Bridge Road), Nashville Rescue Mission or a charity of your choice.

26 Comments to Peggy Ann Bruce West

  1. Pleas Potts
    June 2, 2019 4:14 pm

    with sympathy for family and friends.

  2. Kyle L Moore
    June 2, 2019 7:26 pm

    Peggy was one of the sweetest most generous ladies I have ever known and she was loved by all her Bridge friends and will be truly missed.

  3. Donna D. Holt
    June 2, 2019 10:23 pm

    Peggy was like Kyle states, a sweet and generous lady who really cared about other people. She will be missed by all the players from the Nashville Duplicate Bridge Club and especially by the Hendersonville Duplicate Bridge Club. May God be with the family of Peggy West during this difficult time. It has been a shock since she seemed okay the day before she passed.

  4. Jackie West Cowden
    June 2, 2019 11:13 pm

    Donna, she was so fond of you and admired your skill set at bridge. I know you all will miss her as will her family. Thank you for your kind remarks.

  5. Elaine (Davis) Fox
    June 3, 2019 8:13 am

    Lawrence, Jackie, Gary and Family,l
    I am sad to ready of Peggy’s passing. As others have said, she was a beautiful lady with a smile to everyone, and always ready to give to others! My fondest memories are when I used to babysit you, Jackie and Gary, when you were small. My latest memories are when I worked at Volunteer State Bank, and Peggy visited often, and always brought everyone in the bank a box of Russel Stover candy every Christmas! God be with each of you !

  6. Greg K Butler
    June 3, 2019 8:39 am

    I heard this very sad news last night and just want to add that I regarded Peggy as always interested in the welfare of others with a loving, giving and generous soul. Many knew her longer and better than I, but every time my wife Debra and I were in the same room with her, she treated us like lifetime friends. Quite a lady and I am proud to have known her.

  7. Patsy Litchford
    June 3, 2019 8:50 am

    Peggy was such a sweet caring lady, she loved her family, friends and bridge partners, I will miss our Friday talks, she was a special lady to me. So sorry.

  8. Carol Owen & Michael Hall
    June 3, 2019 8:59 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. We are so sorry for your loss.

  9. Elaine Luartes
    June 3, 2019 11:37 am

    May her memory be eternal

  10. Maclin Whiteman
    June 3, 2019 11:44 am

    Peggy was the class of the bridge league. I would often joke about her having earned a suite at the Vanderbilt Bridge Club because of her generosity and good spirit. I do not think I admired any player more, and I hope I can model my life in a way Peggy led hers. That would be a challenge. I am very sorry to learn of her sudden departure and wish her family the best. There will always be a vacant spot in the Nashville bridge clubs and in our hearts. What a wonderful lady.

    June 3, 2019 11:46 am

    Peggy was such a wonderful, sweet person and a joy to know. Her friends, partners and opponents will all miss her terribly. The Vanderbilt Bridge Club certainly would not be where we are today without Peggy’s generous support. We will forever be grateful to her and miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  12. Susan Wrye
    June 3, 2019 11:50 am

    Was truly shocked with the news of Peggy West’s passing! She always did acknowledge me even though I never played bridge with her. She was extremely kind and generous in all her actions. Peggy will be missed by everyone in VBC!

  13. Nichole Overstreet
    June 3, 2019 12:28 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. My heart breaks for all of you. So so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  14. Barbara Moomy
    June 3, 2019 12:31 pm

    In the last 12 years that I have known Peggy West, my life has been enriched and blessed by her being who she was. Peggy was the epitome of kindness, friendliness, and generosity. I will miss her as my bridge partner, as a loyal player in the Hendersonville DBC, as my “chauffeur “ on Monday mornings as we rode together to VBC and as my FRIEND. May God keep you in the palm of his hand.

  15. Roslyn McMahan
    June 3, 2019 1:00 pm

    Peggy was a warm-hearted lady who made one feel like you were truly important to her. She was humble and very kind. I will miss her.

  16. Judy Armonat
    June 3, 2019 2:38 pm

    I will miss Peggy and her cheerful manner. She never failed to thank me and rave about my pimento cheese. She was the epitome of a kind and gracious lady. We will miss her terribly.

  17. Tommy W Boze
    June 3, 2019 3:43 pm

    Peggy always complimented my attire at the Hendersonville bridge club. She always made me feel special. Linda and I will miss her very much.

  18. Connie Spector
    June 3, 2019 5:51 pm

    Peggy was rare, no one could ever say a bad thing about her because, she was always gracious, generous, funny and kind. A true Proverbs 31 woman, more precious than jewels
    “Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also praises her:
    “Many women have done noble deeds,
    but you surpass them all!”
    Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,
    but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.
    Give her the reward of her labor,
    and let her works praise her at the city gates.”
    You will be missed.

  19. Tony Greene
    June 3, 2019 7:21 pm

    Peggy was very special and generous with her chocolates. We should dedicate table 8 ( her favorite) to her.

    She will be missed by all at the VBC.

  20. Bettye Golden
    June 3, 2019 9:41 pm

    Peggy was always such a delight to be around. She always had a smile and sometimes a funny story. She truly had a sweet spirit and was always looking for ways to do something nice for someone. I will miss her very much. Prayers and comfort to all her family.

  21. Laurie Wilson Gray
    June 3, 2019 10:05 pm

    Jackie to you and the rest of your family. I am so sorry to hear this. Your mom was such a sweet lady! I could always feel her love. She was always so sweet to me. I am praying for you and your family. She was a very special lady! As you are Jackie! May god wrap his loving arms around all of you at this time.

  22. patrick williams
    June 4, 2019 3:22 am

    Truly, one of the kindest, unselfish people I have been privileged to know. Her generous spirit blessed both me and my family!

  23. Carol Martin
    June 4, 2019 10:27 am

    Sitting at table 7, it seems strange not to have Peggy at the next table. We will remember her fondly for her giving spirit. With love, Cynthia Babbitt and Carol Martin

  24. Juanita Denton
    June 11, 2019 10:25 pm

    I just heard of Peggy’s passing yesterday. She was always one of my favorite patients at Dr Heering’s office when I worked there. Always such a delightful lady to chat with. You all were very blessed to have such a dear, sweet lady as wife, mother, grandmother, friend. My heart goes out to you as you grieve her passing. I will remember your family in my prayers.

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