Mrs. Peggy Wood Kennedy, wife of John W. Kennedy, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at the age of 85.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 5, 1934, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas Keesee and the late Pearl Jones Keesee.

Peggy was a loving wife and mother. She was employed as a medical receptionist for 18 years. Peggy started as a secretary and bookkeeper and later became the first woman EMT in Prince William County in the early 1970s with Bill, and their daughter, Jeanie to follow in their footsteps later.

She was a church member, Sunday school teacher and choir member at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas where she spearheaded the initiation of the Deaf Interpreter Program.

Peggy and Bill moved to Buffalo Junction after their retirement, where she became just as involved with Aaron’s Creek Baptist Church. Beyond her church involvement, Peggy was an education mentor and volunteer at Clarksville Elementary School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Horton of Buffalo Junction; and twin grandchildren, Mallory Lynn Simmons of Colonial Heights and William Lee Simmons of Chesapeake.

She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, William Henderson “Bill” Wood Sr.; her brother, James Thomas “JT” Wood; as well as her daughter, Debra Ann Wood.

Services will be private.

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The family is being served by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home, Clarksville.