Peggy Clewis Mintz, 90, hardworking matriarch who left a legacy of love

Peggy Clewis Mintz

WILMINGTON — Peggy Clewis Mintz, 90, born Sept. 24, 1930, to El Canie and Charlotte Clewis, went to be with her Lord Monday, May 31, 2021. Married to Wilbur Roland Mintz, she was widowed in 1965.

Peggy resided most of her life in Wilmington, except for a five-year period in Currie. She graduated from New Hanover High School in 1949, and she worked in sales for Life of Virginia and then Shoe Shak. She finally retired at the age of 70.

Thirty-six descendants will mourn Peggy’s death. She had five children, Diane M. Latham of Currie, Anthony Wayne Mintz of Lexington, South Carolina; Gloria M. Mintz of Wilmington, Audrey M. Williamson of Leland and Wilbur Roland Mintz Jr. of West Lexington, South Carolina. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The overarching legacy of Peggy’s life was the love and devotion she showed to her entire family. Widowed at the age of 34, she raised her five children alone, often in very hard times. Although she struggled to provide for us, she always had delicious food on the table, love in her heart, and a switch within easy reach for swift discipline. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren were her delight. She would allow herself to be painted up with lipstick and rouge and her hair wound all askew whenever they wanted to play with her. She would wrestle on the floor and dance to the Beetles. She might even jitterbug, if given the opportunity. Johnny Cash was her favorite singer, and during her final days, it was he that she preferred to lull her to sleep.

Coming from a large family, Peggy had three surviving, who she adored, Joyce Freeman of Southport and Glenda Bell and Sara Smith, both of Wilmington. She also loved her sister-in-law, Marian Clewis of Wilmington. Lots of laughter and high jinks always occurred when this bunch met…usually over food.

Peggy suffered for about seven years with Alzheimer’s, and she spent 2 ½ years at Trinity Grove located in Monkey Junction. The wonderful nurses and staff at Trinity Grove provided our mother with professional care and showed our family lots of patience and kindness as we tried to help our mother. Thank you!

On Thursday, May 27, Peggy was transported to Emily Matthews’ home for personal private care. Emily is Peggy’s granddaughter and an R.N., and she desperately wanted to care for her grandmother through the end of her life. She provided the loving attention and the professional care that Peggy needed. The last thing Emily fed Peggy was ice cream…her absolute favorite food in the world. Our family owes Emily a debt of gratitude for her loving attention as our mother slipped away peacefully and pain-free in her home.

Our sweet Mama, the matriarch of our family, left a large legacy of love. It is our responsibility to carry that legacy forward into the future generations.

She will be interred Sunday, June 6, at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Wilmington, next to the husband she loved so much. Visitation will begin at noon with services following at 2 p.m. After the service, the family is invited for food and fellowship at 806 Spring Valley Road, Wilmington.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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