Peggy Brown Jett
Published: January 2, 2013
PEGGY BROWN JETT, on Dec. 30, 2012, went to be with her Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Peggy was born on Nov. 11, 1926 to Llewellyn and Lucille Brown and grew up in Malvern, Ark. She attended Hendrix College for one year and then transferred to the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with a degree in Spanish. She was a proud member of Chi Omega sorority. At the university, she met the love of her life, William H. Jett. Peggy and Bill were married in 1948, settling in Little Rock after living in Helena, Ark. for the first years of their marriage. Peggy's life was all about giving and serving others, especially her family. She was a wife and life partner to Bill, a devoted mother of two daughters and a proud grandmother of three. A life-long Methodist, Peggy was a member of Pulaski Heights Methodist Church.
In 1957, she joined the Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, with bridge becoming the game and passion of her life. Bridge gave Peggy a game in which she excelled as well as friends for life. She became a Life Master in 1967 and a Diamond Life Master in 2006. She served on the Board of the Bridge House throughout the 1980's, becoming President in 1988. She became a certified director in 1969 and served the club in that capacity until 2012. She was privileged to be named a Goodwill Ambassador by the American Contract Bridge League. Her greatest honor in the bridge world came in 2008 when Allen Siebert generously named a room in the newly constructed Bridge House the "Peggy Jett Room". Allen recognized Peggy's understanding that bridge is a highly competitive game, but what really matters is the camaraderie and life-long friendships that bridge provides.
In addition to bridge, Peggy enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in various athletic and artistic pursuits. She was a sports fan, particularly of golf and Razorback basketball. She frequently said that although she didn't play golf, that she considered herself a golfer. She was also well known for her cooking, particularly her chocolate covered cherries, that she made by the hundreds during the holidays.
Peggy was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughters, Martha Jett McAlister of Maumelle, Ark., and Leslie Sweeney (John) of Cordova, Tenn., and her three grandchildren, Jett McAlister of Chicago, Ill., and Patrick and Rachel Sweeney of Cordova, Tenn. and a host of nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 3, at Ruebel Funeral Home, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, at 11:30 a.m. with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.