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Peggy Leilous

Peggy J. Leilous “loving wife, mother, and grandmother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Peggy J. Leilous, 90, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 6, 2021, after a short illness.

Born at home in Shinglehouse on Sunday, May 4, 1930, she was a daughter of Henry M. Sr. and Anah B. Taylor Terrette. On April 11, 1947 in Allegany, N.Y., she married Donald E. “Ducky” Leilous, Sr., who passed away on June 26, 1988.

Anticipation in December with the arrival of flower and gardening catalogs, started Peggy’s plans for spring flower planting. She enjoyed going to estate sales and making gel candles with her daughter, Linda. Peggy enjoyed sitting on her porch having coffee and eating ice cream with her family when they came to visit. Peggy was a talented artist who played the organ by ear and was very creative in anything she did. She was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her large family gatherings. She loved being on the farm. Her greatest loves were her family, gardening and cooking.

Surviving are four children, Joyce Allen of Saylorsburg, Donald (Tina Rittburg) Leilous, Jr. of Shinglehouse, Susan (Dale) Kamery of Portville, N.Y., and Christine (Butch) Jones of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Garold (Betty) Terrette of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Gorden Terrette of Acworth, Georgia; two sisters, Patricia Danforth and Pudge (Don) Sturdevant, both of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Leilous who passed away on March 9, 2006; two brothers, Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, Jr. and James Terrette; three sisters, Rebecca Stonemetz, Marian Kemp, and Eva Simons; and a son-in-law, Herbert Allen, Sr.

Private graveside burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 310 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760.

Peggy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Peggy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


Remembering my Aunt Peggy with much love and affection. Growing up in a large extended family was pure Joy ... many happy childhood memories.
My sincerest condolences and Love to my cousins.
Rose Ann McKinney-Morris

Rose Morris Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Remembering my Aunt Peggy with much love and affection. Growing up in a large extended family was pure Joy ... many happy childhood memories.My sincerest condolences and Love to my cousins.Rose Ann McKinney-Morris

Rose Morris Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Donnie and Tina, even though I never met your mom, I remember Donnie speaking of the tasty lunches and dinners his mom made for him. May the many cherished memories help you through your time of loss.

Bobbie Micros Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

I went to school with Donnie Leilous. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She sounds like a very special person. My sincere condolences to the family.

Deanna Hackett Owens Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry. Love and prayers for all.

Dave and Kathy Garrity Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

Some of my fondest memories are the days spent on the farm playing with chrissy, the warmth of the milk room in the winter, playing on the hay bails and climbing them all the way to the rafters. The sweet smell of aunt pegs flower gardens are something i think of often when my spring flowers come up. Aunt peg was a special part of my childhood and she is sadly missed. My heart breaks for all of you. Love and prayers. Deanna

Deanna Danforth Peters Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

Peggy Leilous always had the most beautiful flowers, warmest smile, and loving heart. She will be missed!

Renee' Gustin Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

Sympathies and prayers for Peggy's entire family.

Diane (Howard) Marsden Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM

Grandma Leilous was the most loving person. She was so unselfish, independent and positive. She was always proud of her family. She never had anything bad to say about anyone. She told me so many times the story of her and my grandpa and how they met. They shared an unconditional love. I am so happy they can be together again. Even the last moments I had with her on this earth, she had me giggling. I have those stories and memories that will last me forever. RIP grandma. I love you.

Elizabeth Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM