Margaret "Peggy" Holland Brown
Friday 8th of January 1926 - Monday 30th of December 2019
Margaret Holland Brown, 93, died December 30, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky, of complications from Alzheimer’s. “Peggy,” as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Woodward, Oklahoma, and lived in Colorado, Texas, Kentucky and Ohio as a child. She attended Murray State University at age 16, where she was later the Homecoming Queen. She met her future husband before graduating in 1946 with a BA in English. She married Robert Earl Brown of Princeton, Kentucky that year, and the couple settled in Elkton, Kentucky. Their son, Robert Steven Brown was born in 1949, and their daughter Luanne Holland Brown in 1955. Her family lived in Stanford and Cynthiana before settling in Murray, Kentucky, the Holland family’s home, in 1960 where she reunited with her uncle, Coach Preston “Ty” Holland. Peggy taught high school English and Speech there from 1962 until 1989, and was known for having students memorize “Invictus” and recite it. In 1974 her husband passed away. Returning to Murray State, she earned her M.Ed. She was active in the rose & garden club, bridge club, and the Methodist Church. She took care of her mother Edna Holland from 1973 until her death in 1996. During Peggy’s retirement she travelled and made quilts with friends and crafted folk art items. In 2013 she moved to Virginia and then Maryland to be near her children. When her son retired, she came to Lexington with his family.
She is survived by her son and daughter, daughter-in-law Gayle Brown of Lexington, son-in-law Matt Patterson of Annapolis, Maryland, grandson G. Robert Brown of Lexington, granddaughters Courtney Patterson Goss and Anne Patterson Roberto of Dallas, Texas, and their spouses and four-great-grandchildren, step-granddaughter Catherine Arnold of Oakwood, Ohio and her family, and step-grandson Lawrence Wells of Prague, Czech Republic and his family, brother-in-law Jack W. Brown and his family of Murray and brother-in-law John and Bonnie Brown and their families of Caldwell County Kentucky, and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at Eddy Creek Baptist Church in Caldwell County Kentucky on April 25, 2020 at 2 pm.
Mrs. Brown was my English teacher at Murray High School. She was a memorable person whose wit and wisdom impressed me immediately. I moved to Murray in the middle of my freshman year, and her kindness to me as as well as the excellence of her teaching helped me tremendously with that transition.