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Peggy Duke Hays

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Peggy Duke Hays passed peacefully unto the Lord on Sunday, February 12th after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born Peggy Louise Duke to Cyrus D. and Mabel Duke in Blakely, Early County, Georgia, on May 25, 1925. She married Dudley Castleberry Hays in 1944 and moved to San Antonio in 1946. Together they joined Alamo Heights Methodist Church in 1948 where she served faithfully in several areas including Sunday School teacher, Loving Circle, Administrative Board and Memorial Committee. For many years she was active in Real Estate and was currently an Associate Broker with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Peggy was an active volunteer donating her time and talents to such organizations as Senior Citizens Committee of Greater San Antonio, the Alliance to the San Antonio District Dental Society, and Bible Study Fellowship where she was honored to be a Discussion Leader and serve as a volunteer at BSF Headquarters in support of their leaders and activities. She was one of the original Bluebird volunteers at the opening of the Methodist Hospital, the President of the PTO of Woodridge Elementary School in its earliest days, and served as Board member and Metropolitan Chairman for United Way (now United Fund). She was also a member of the Junior League of San Antonio, San Antonio Country Club, Woman's Committee of the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, and a charter and loyal, life-time member of the SBF Club. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters and is survived by her husband of more than sixty-one years, Dudley C. Hays, their children Marla and her husband, Mike Boone; Jane and her husband, Howard Fitch; Dudley and his wife, April Hays, and their grandchildren, Michael Boone, Maryjane and husband Chris Bonfield, John Howard Fitch and wife, Kelly, Thomas Fitch, Adam Hays, Tyler Hays, great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Fitch, and her many special relatives and friends. Her family wishes to express their deep appreciation and gratitude for the knowledge, skill, and compassionate care given by Dr. Steven P. Kalter and his staff at CTRC. They also wish to express their appreciation for the exceptional care given by the Oncology Staff at Methodist Hospital, the staff of Odyssey Health Care, and for the care and devotion received from Aurora Palomino. A Memorial Service in celebration of this most special life will be held at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church on Friday, February 17th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Alamo Heights United Methodist Church at 825 E. Basse Rd., 78209, Bible Study Fellowship at 19001 Huebner Rd., 78258, or the charity of your choice. To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries.

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  1. Marla and Jane, All of our thoughts and prayers are with you these days. Know how difficult it is and will be. Do not hesitate to call upon us and all of your friends for help and listening ears. Will continue to keep you all in our prayers. Love.

  2. Dear Mrs. Fitch, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Loyally, The Sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma

  3. Peggy was the epitome of a true Southern lady.She will be remembered fondly by those whose hearts she touched with her grace, love and beauty.

  4. Dr. Hays, We will never forget how thoughtful and supportive you and Peggy were when we lost Terri. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  5. I had to read about Peggy one more time, this time online. The pic and obit was nicely done. I know we’ll see your family tomorrow at church, but know now how we’re thinking of all of you and how much we love the whole Dudley Hays family!

  6. Dudley, you have been a wonderful husband and caregiver. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Dear Dudley, Marla, Jane, Dudley and family, The J. Byron Smith family members will all miss Peggy’s sweet ways, genuine warmth, and lovely Southern accent. You have been so blessed to have had her in your lives, as have we. We send our best love. Mary Louise, Sarah, Bohn, and Josephine

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