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December 26, 1926 November 7, 2010
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Obituary for WELTHA R. PEGUES

Weltha "Birdie" Purvey Pegues, 83, of Plum Point, now Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, died November 7, 2010, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Birdie was born December 26, 1926, to the late Ethel and William Purvey. She was their youngest child. Birdie attended Calvert County Public Schools, and at an early age, Birdie became a member of St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in Chesapeake Beach. She married Howard H. Freeland, Sr., of Calvert County, August 29, 1945, and moved to Washington, D.C. From this union, they were blessed with one child, Howard (Butch), Jr. While living in Washington, she was an active member of St. Phillips' Baptist Church. In 1962, Birdie moved to Baltimore, Maryland. During her stay in Washington and Baltimore, she was employed as a manager of various sandwich shops and later became a Stanley Home Products distributor, a job she held for many years. In 1982, Birdie returned to Breezy Point to help to care for her ailing mother. After her mother's death, she remained in Breezy Point, and continued to work for Stanley Home Products. Birdie renewed her active membership at St. Edmonds in 1983. Over the years, she was a representative of the Board of Childcare, drove for Meals on Wheels for over 10 years, was president of the United Methodist Women's Outreach Ministry for over 12 years, served on the Pastor's Parish Relations Committee, and was a member of the Cemetery Committee for 12 years. Her passions included reading the Bible, attending church regularly, reading the Washington Post, going to the Calvert County Senior Pines Center in Prince Fredrick Tuesday and Thursday on Violet's (Brooks) bus, visiting family members and friends, hanging out with Constance James and Teressa Curtis, enjoying good food, and socializing with others as often as she could. Her marriages to Howard Freeland and Henry Pegues both ended in divorce. Birdie was preceded in death by her parents, son, and eight siblings. Birdie is survived by her brother, George H. "Broome"Harrod of Huntingtown; daughter in law, Brenda Freeland; grandchildren: Elliot (Shant) Freeland, Thedra (Paul) Johnson, Ray Freeland, Howard "Pookie" Freeland, III , Damon (Buffy) Freeland, Desiree Freeland ; great grandchildren: Desmond Freeland, Jerri Johnson, Zanae Freeland, Elliot Freeland, Jr., Tristan Johnson, Aasya Freeland, Desiah Freeland; a host of nieces and nephews; four godsons, Eugene Brown, Roosevelt Rice, Leo Rice and Malcolm Rice, and special church family and friends at St. Edmonds. She was very thankful for the devotion given to her by her grandson, Elliot, and her niece Darlene Harrod.


St. Edmond\'s UM Church 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 (map/driving directions)


5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Sunday, November 14, 2010 (map/driving directions)

10:00 am to 11:00 am at St. Edmond\'s UM Church 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 on Monday, November 15, 2010 (map/driving directions)


11:00 am at St. Edmond\'s UM Church 3000 Dalrymple Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 on November 15, 2010 (map/driving directions)


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