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.
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