Peggy Lou Martin Grimes, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2019 in Welcome, North Carolina at the age of 87. 

Born in 1931, Peggy came of age in Thomasville  before marrying Billy Joe Grimes. After raising her children, Randy and Dawne, Peggy retired to Oak Island, NC, where she enjoyed spending time with her friends, family, and beloved dogs, Heinie and Lucky. 

Peggy, known as “Gommy” by her family, delighted in sharing her interests and gifts with those she loved: taking her children and grandchildren for walks on the beach, sewing, crocheting, and preparing elaborate steam pot dinners for her family. An avid reader and cook, Peggy loved to spend her time swinging on her porch, listening to birds and feeling the ocean air. 

In addition to her parents, Ruby and Foye Martin, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill. 

She is survived by her children, Randy Grimes of Welcome and Dawne Smith of Asheboro; her daughter-in-law and son-in-law, Linda Grimes and Scott Smith; her granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Annie and Mark Williams, Catherine and Keith Kostka, Caitie and Jimmy Gawne, and Emily Smith; and her great-grandchildren, Maggie Kostka and Alder Williams. 

A private memorial service will be held at Oak Island for family members.

Memorials may be made to the Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (S.O.A.R.), 3376 St. Charles Place SE Southport, NC 28461, (