Sunday, December 14, 2008

May light perpetual shine upon her.


The Rev. Peggy S. Bosmyer, age 60 of Little Rock, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. She was born to the late Thomas Bosmyer and Margarett Markland Vandiver, who lives in Little Rock. Peggy was a graduate of Helena High School before receiving her B.A. degrees in English and philosophy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, her master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and her doctor of divinity University of the South, School of Theology, Sewanee. In 1974, Peggy served her internship as Episcopal deacon at Grace Episcopal Church, Pine Bluff, completing her intern curacy at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Little Rock. Upon women's ordination in the church, Peggy was the first woman ordained in the Episcopal Church south of the Mason Dixon line in 1978. She was also appointed as vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, program director for the Diocese of Arkansas, which included oversight of Camp Mitchell.

In 1985, she became full-time vicar of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. In 1994, she was called to be a professor on the faculty of the University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, for seven years, concurrently serving as co-vicar at St. James teaching mission at Sewanee. In 2001, she returned to Little Rock, accepting the call as canon missioner and vicar of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. She was also an associate of the Youth and Family Institute. Peggy loved to preach, to celebrate the Eucharist and exercise her gifts in pastoral care. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Dennis Campbell of Little Rock; her four children, Caitlin Margarett Bosmyer Campbell, Mary Hannah Bosmyer Campbell, Lauren "Larnie" Elizabeth Bosmyer Campbell, Michael Forrest Bosmyer Campbell, all of Little Rock; and her sister, Judy Quattlebaum of Little Rock.

There will be a funeral service held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. officiated by the Right Rev. Larry Benfield, and the Right Rev. Canon Dr. J. Neil Alexander, bishop of Atlanta. Following services, there will an internment at St. Margaret's columbarium at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www. ruebelfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church building fund, House of Prayer, and Institute for Theological Education, or the Campbell Children's College Fund, in care of St. Margaret's, 20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72223.

10 comments:

susan s. said...

Yes, light perpetual...

Did you know her? I was already in California when all this happened, living in Diocese of San Joaquin, blithely unaware of any of the politics and struggles. I have, of course, become much more aware since moving to Diocese of California.

Being Peace said...

Yes I did know her. Not as a friend, only as a priest to communicant. In 1984 I had cancer and the night before I was to have exploratory surgery to see how far the cancer had metastasized, she came to visit me in the hospital.

She celebrated the Eucharist and laid hands on me for healing. When she put her hands on my head I felt heat move from the top of my head down to where the tumor was.

When I had the surgery all the lymph nodes that had showed positive on the CT scan and lymphangiogram came out negative. And the tumor, which they said would take 12 to 18 months to be gone after radiation, was gone in 3 months.

She had the spiritual gift of healing.

susan s. said...

Looking into her eyes told me that she had a gift of love, and then reading your cancer experience sends a good feeling all over me! That is totally amazing, Roseann!!

Grandmère Mimi said...

There's definitely something about her eyes, a lovely expression, full of compassion and love, too, as Susan says. That's a beautiful story of healing, Roseann.

May Peggy rest in peace and rise in glory. May God give comfort, consolation, and the peace that passes understanding to Peggy's family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

My name is Caitlin Campbell. Peggy was my Mother.I kind of wandered into this site, and wanted to say that I appreciate your kind words regarding my Mom. She truly was an amazing woman, and very much a healer in many ways.

Anonymous said...

caitlincmpbll@aol.com

Grandmère Mimi said...

Caitlin, she was a lovely woman. May God bless you and give you peace.

Being Peace said...

It was an honor to tribute such a wonderful woman. I was only 19 when my mom died and I can relate to you pain. It never goes away honey, it just transforms. The whole idea of closure is bullshit. Losing you mom places a permanent whole in your heart and you learn day by day how to deal with it. Bless you and thanks for your comment.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Hi Roseann. How are you feeling? I hope that today was one of your better days.

Anonymous said...

Bring Peace,

Caitlin here.Thank you for being so truthful and upfront. I'm 19 now so, we have that in common. It's nice to know that someone else knows the process.