Peggy Irene Curry Paul

June 21, 1938 ~ August 19, 2020


Aug. 27, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah 84092
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  • On August 19, 2020 our gentle and soft-spoken wife, mother, and grandmother was surrounded by her family as she slipped from this life into the next, where she was reunited with her parents and siblings. Peggy was born to Walker and Dora Curry on June 21, 1938 in Ridgeway, Virginia. She entered life during a thunderstorm, in a home with no electricity or running water. The creek was high, the bridge could not be crossed, and so her father carried the midwife through the creek on his back. Peggy was the youngest of six children. Her father died when she was two years old, so she was raised by her single mother and older siblings, alongside her nieces and nephews who were similar in age. She gained a love for nature and animals as she roamed the woods of the rural south.

    Coming from a home with few means, Peggy believed that gaining an education was important. She graduated at the top of her class from Drewry Mason High School, where she was editor of the student newspaper. She then went to Steed College of Commerce in Martinsville, Virginia, where she earned her two-year degree in a year and a half. After college, Peggy became the secretary to the manager of Fieldcrest Mills.

    During this time Peggy was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She became an active member and served as a district missionary. Peggy wanted to raise her family in her church and to have more opportunities than she had as a child, so in the fall of 1961 she packed her new Ford Falcon and drove across the country to Utah. Everyone who met her, fell in love with her southern accent, charm, and pale-blue eyes. She was classy and beautiful. She married James Harris in the Salt Lake Temple, and together they had five children, who became her full time job, her passion, and her greatest accomplishment.

    Memories Peggy's children have about her include: her sense of humor, love of reading, southern cooking, flourishing garden, driving to piano lessons, helping with school assignments, teaching us tolerance, and family history/temple service. Because Peggy was raised modestly, eating mostly biscuits and beans, as a mother and grandmother she was always trying to feed her family, especially as we were walking out the door of her home. Peggy also served in many church callings.

    In 1986, Peggy began a sales position with World Book Education Products. She was extremely successful and won multiple awards and trips, her favorite being Nashville and The Grand Ole Opry. Peggy was also a crossing guard during the time her children were in school, and then again after she retired from World Book. She loved the children she served.

    After her children were grown, Peggy and her husband divorced. However, in 1996 she met a tall, kind gentleman named Jay Paul. Peggy and Jay married in 2001 and had 19 wonderful years together. They became practically inseparable; Peggy never wanted to leave his side. Jay and Peggy served for ten years as their ward’s special interest group leaders, and one year as inner-city missionaries. Jay's memories include vacationing to Hawaii, England, and Alaska. Friday nights they could be found at Litza's Pizza, usually accompanied by other family members. Jay served Peggy patiently the last five years of her life as she suffered with dementia. Her family will always be grateful that she had such a dedicated, loving husband.

    Peggy is survived by her husband Jay Junior Paul, her five children, Tammy (Mike) Radice, Jim (Carrie) Harris, Becky (Ray) Smith, Bonnie (Brian) Gaulke, Heidi (Will) Bowman, her three step-sons, Dave (Denise), Brent (Michelle), and Rich (Ashley) Paul, 23 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

    Her family would like to thank Right at Home Care, especially Lupita, Sherry, and Vicky, Ana from IHC Hospice, and Linda Hackett, her longtime friend and the best visiting teacher ever.

    Like Jesus, our mom came from humble beginnings and taught us by her righteous and gentle example. We know she is welcomed into heaven by His loving arms.

    A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah. Masks and social distance required. A family graveside service, by invitation only, will be held the following day. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens.


    oh Tamy, we are so so sorry for your loss. It is so very hard to lose a parent. We know this leaves a big hole in your heart. We hope you find peace and comfort from family and friends in the days to come. She must have been a remarkable woman as she gave the world a most remarkable talented daughter. You are in our thoughts.

    - Mike and Pauline Zvonkovic
    Tammy and Mike -hoping you find much comfort in the memories you have. Love and virtual hugs coming to you. Jo and Kane

    - Jo McDaniel and Kane Campbell
    A woman who could raise two beautiful, brilliant and accomplished daughters like her Bonnie and Tammy was surely a blessing to us all. May she rest in peace.

    - Sharon Foster
    I send my heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Peggy was a dear part of my family. We loved her and she will always be remember as a sweet and beautiful girl. I know her family and mine, are rejoicing to see her in her heavenly home. Peggy, we shall meet again. Thank you Jesus.

    - Judith Williams Ware
    I am so sorry to Jay and the family , I helped with Peggy's care on fridays for 3 yrs . We had such a good time peggy and I singing and talking. She was always so fun to visit. Thank you for letting me be a part of her life. Carla shirley

    - Carla Shirley
    Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

    - Cindy Lou Cruz
    Dear Jay a loving and dedicated husband. To all her beloved children and their families. I wish you strength, calm and peace during this time of separation. Much love, Martha Bowman

    - Martha Bowman
    I am so sad to hear that Aunt Peggy passed away. She’s one of my favorite people in the whole world. My deepest sympathy & love to her family.

    - Linda Mickelsen Jensen