Peggy Pace Pearson Ply

Peggy Ply, 77, Raytown, Missouri passed away February 16, 2017.  A visitation will be held Friday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, February 24, 2017 at One Spirit United Methodist Church, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64138.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 4:00 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to One Spirit United Methodist Church.

Peggy was born, January 25, 1940 in Bessmer, Alabama and raised in Mission, Texas.  She graduated from Mission High School in 1958 then attended Texas Christian University where she majored in dance.  While at TCU, she became engaged to, the love of her life, Bobby Ply.  Bobby and Peggy married on June 4, 1960 in Mission, TX and moved to Waco, TX to attend Baylor University.  On May 1, 1962, Peggy and Bobby welcomed their daughter, Laura Leigh.

They moved to Kansas City in 1963 when the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs, where Bobby was a member of the the Dallas Texans.  Peggy joined the Kansas City Ballet as a dancer, upon her arrival to Kansas City.  Additionally, Peggy danced for the Westport Ballet, Somerset Ballet and Dramatic Truth School of the Arts as well as teaching for numerous other dance studios.

Peggy and Bobby have been residents of Raytown, Missouri since moving to the Kansas City Area.  She has been a member of One Spirit United Methodist Church since the 1960’s.  Peggy lived by the bible in every aspect of her life.  She was an avid animal lover and a friend to everyone she encountered. Peggy will be remembered as a devoted Christian, exceptional wife, mother, “Mimi”, “Great Mimi”, teacher, role model, neighbor and friend to everyone who know her.

She is preceded in death by: parents, Harol & Edith (Lehman) Person.  Survivors include; husband of 57 years, Bobby Ply, of the home; daughter, Laura Leigh Ply-DeCourcy, Kansas City, Missouri; brother, Harol “Butch” Pearson, Bunch, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Lindsey Kordick, Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Robert “Bobby” Kordick, Raytown, Missouri; great grandchildren, Cayden, Aubrey and Kinleigh.


  1. Belinda Manos on February 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Sending love to you and your family.

  2. Dick & Carol Stuart on February 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Peggy will be missed by her Family and so many Friends, she was truly an amazing person!
    We’re thinking of all of you at this most difficult time…

  3. Sharon Lynn on February 20, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Bobby, Laura and Family! I’ve been part of your family for a long time! I loved your mom and she used to come by and have coffee with me after Jerry died until I moved! I am still in shock and will miss her terribly! She was a wonderful woman and will be missed terribly!
    Unfortunately I won’t be able to be at her CELEBRATION because I’m still in Texas! I know she’s happy being where she is and I just feel like her and Jerry are dancing!!! And all the puppies! Love you guys!!!

  4. Mike Souter on February 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the loss suffered by the Ply family and friends. Peggy will be missed by so many.

  5. Dianne Dickenson on February 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Stay strong and believe

  6. Grace Holmes and the Faculty and Staff of the Kansas City Ballet School on February 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Are thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing Peggy with us. She made such a difference in so many young dancers’ lives.

  7. Mike Bell on February 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Booby I’m so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I always remember Peggy for he beautiful smile, and engaging perdlsonality. Wanted to reach out and let you know I was thinking of you. Your fellow Ambassador Mike Bell

  8. Heather Uthoff on February 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I took from Peggy from 1992-1997 at Somerset Ballet. I was so sad to hear about her passing. She was one of my favorite ballet teachers.

  9. Colleen Aufdembrink on February 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Peggy was a great neighbor in RAYTOWN. She was a good teacher in dance for daughter Deanne. She will be missed by everyone that she touched.A wonderful smile and personality. She was a role model for many of us. Words cannot replace Peggy but I hope BOBBY you and LAURA can hold on to the memories and they will help fill the empty space. Carting for you and the the rest of the family.

  10. Donna Maddox on February 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Peggy was a favorite of mine. I always looked forward to her “woo-hoo I’m here!” As she came through the door. I treasured her friendship, humor, and wise perception of life.

  11. Matteson Family on February 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    May Peggy life be remembered for all the good in her heart. Even though I met briefly in this life she was warm hearted and happy. may her journey continue with wonderful memories and spirit.

  12. Diane Pearson McKinnon on February 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Bobby, Laura, Butch and family,
    I am so saddened by the passing of my dear cousin, Peggy. She was my beautiful older cousin I was so proud of and admired so much. To me she was my princess ballerina that I looked up to. Even though we have always been separated by many miles as we grew up we stayed in touch. I know how deeply you are grieving and I wish I could say something that would help. Even though the pain of loss is always there just remember the memories only grow sweeter with every passing day. Love to you all.

  13. The Meeks family on February 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing, she was so sweet to us and will be missed. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

  14. Anita York on February 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Peggy touched so many lives. She was an inspiration to all those she came in contact with. Peggy was outspoken in her love for her dancers, her family, friends and about her love of Jesus. One thing I will always remember about Peggy that was special, was her love of dance but not to the degree that dance came first. She ALWAYS made the dancer look good. With a few modifications to the choreography, Wa la! You saw a dancer who was confident in their art while still honoring the original choreography. Well done, Peggy! Many of us will also remember one of Peggy’s favorite sayings, “Lord, love a duck!!!” Well, the Lord is certainly loving that little duck, right now. We love and will miss you, Peggy. See you soon!

  15. The Budde Family on February 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Dear Bobby and Laura; May knowing that Peggy is wrapped in the arms of Jesus who she so loved bring you strength and peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you God Bless-

  16. Dorothea Paiva on February 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Peggy wasn’t afraid to be who she was – and that makes her unique. We will miss her presence.

  17. Tony and Jacky Reed on February 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Dear Bobby & Laura; We are so sad to hear of Peggy passing, she was a wonderful human being and she will be missed. Our love and prayers go to you and the family.

  18. Jerry and Nancy Cornelison on February 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Bobby, our prayers are with you and Laura during this very difficult time. We have been friends with you and Peggy since our days together with the Dallas Texans. Peggy’s beautiful smile and quick wit kept US smiling all the time we were around her. GOD bless. We love you.

  19. Allison Ply on February 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Bobby and Laura, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your hearts find peace in the love she had for each of you, and may the years of precious memories bring you comfort. ?

  20. Lyn Marie and Hal Wood on February 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    The world was a better, happier place because of Peggy. We were neighbors in Raytown and adored her visits and our chats while sitting in her backyard swing. Eventually, my grandparents lived next door. My grandma so loved Peggy’s visits. We always knew she would be available for a visit. My parents and grandparents are gone from the old neighborhood, but I’ll just imagine they’re catching up with Peggy in Heaven! She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

  21. Ron and Carol Ann Turner on February 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I think I have been in denial since Peggy was taken from us. We have been friends since 1970. I know that to be a fact since yesterday I got out a bracelet that she had given me and it has a silver heart shaped charm on it. On one side it says “Friends 1970” and on the other it says “Sisters 2000”. She will always be so precious to me. The 4 of has had so many happy times together and I will treasure them forever. This morning I’m having a hard time. I need to talk to Peggy. The vacancy is huge. Bobby , we will always be there for you. We need each other. God, please help us through tomorrow. I will try to do what Laura told me that Peggy always said “God’s plan is perfect”.

  22. Heidi Schmidt on February 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Ms. Peggy was a wonderful ballet teacher and such a great influence on her students’ lives. I will cherish the vivid memories I have of her forever. She and Ms. Jane are reunited and dancing in Heaven together; I can’t think of a more beautiful image 🙂

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