TRIBUTES to a woman who “lived life to the full” were paid when her village church was packed full for a service of thanksgiving on Friday.
Three members of the clergy conducted the service at her beloved St Teath church for Mrs Peggy Crosley, who died on March 2, aged 93.
The present vicar the Revd Peter Dixon, the Revd Canon Sherry Bryan and the Rev Jem Thorold all spoke of a woman who had been the centre of the community in St Teath for the past 60 years.
The widow of the former head of the village school, Roy Crosley, she leaves four children, 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren with another on the way, as well as a sister, Rosemary, who was at the service.
Revd Canon Sherry Bryan described how in 1995 she had come “as a female vicar to my very own Dibley, full of apprehension as almost certainly were the people I had come to live amongst.
“ Whatever else I might have to worry about, the one thing that was absolutely guaranteed to me was the support and friendship of Peggy Crosley. Ten wonderful years were spent in this lovely parish and through every minute of that I can honestly say that Peggy with her incredible knowledge of the church and its workings, not to mention its personalities, was an invaluable aid.”
Canon Bryan continued: “Buying the Cornish Guardian this week it was a pleasant surprise to see Peggy’s face staring from the front page. A well deserved tribute to someone who has devoted the major part of her active life to this village.
“The photo shows her displaying the St Piran’s cross awarded by Bishop Tim, and received so proudly from Jem Thorold in 2012, one of the first people in the Diocese to be honoured in this way for their service to the church and community. I was then Rural Dean and she was the most obvious choice to be submitted by our Deanery. Everyone knew her, everyone had worked with her, everyone knew the value of her contribution.”
She spoke of Peggy’s instigation of the scheme to buy a village bus, organisation of the flower show and her talent at embroidery displayed by the beautifully made vestments in the church including the altar frontal and the St Teath banner.