Peggy Ann (Rios) Herrera was born on March 9, 1951 in Austin Texas to her parents Joaquin and Jennie. She was raised by her loving grandmother Josephine, who shaped her into the woman, mother and mentor she became to many. Peggy had several aunts and cousins that quickly became surrogate mom’s brothers and sisters and she loved this family with her whole heart. Peggy attended Stephen Foster High School in Austin before relocating to the greater Los Angeles area, where a new chapter in life began. Her life began to change into what God created her for, this is when she met Richard Herrera, Sr. fell in love and married on September 20, 1969. Out of this union, she gave birth to her precious sons, Joseph Richard Herrera, Richard Herrera, Jr. and her angel, Regina Ann.
Finally having her family, “the perfect role” as a wife, mother and nana. This is where her story began...
She was the type of “tough love” parent and her boys could often be heard saying, “don’t love me so much”, when she caught them misbehaving. Along with her strict mothering came the deepest love imaginable all who knew Peggy had the greatest respect and admiration for her.
Whenever you walked into her house you would find yourself surrounded by delicious smells of something she had cooking. There is no way she would let you leave her home hungry. She was a true prayer warrior and loved God deeply and first. She trusted and believed that prayer changes things! Beloved mother, nana and friend to anyone who needed anything, her generous heart was full of love and kindness and some of the best advice ever heard. Peggy would give the shirt off her back and her last dollar, if you were in need.
Never to be considered week, Peggy had a natural protective side for her family and friends. She will always be remembered for the love of life that she had and how she liked to have fun and celebrate!
Holidays were never just a typical days. On Valentine’s Day there were hearts and little Cupid’s flying around; St. Patrick’s Day there were shamrocks and everything was green; Easter you had Easter bunnies and colored eggs; In Oh! and the Mexican Flag on Cinco de Mayo and of course , some great food; July 4th there were fireworks and the red white and blue colors everywhere; carved pumpkins and crazy costumes on Halloween; turkeys and her special dressing on Thanksgiving; the most beautiful Christmas trees with gifts underneath for the Christmas Holiday; last but not least the big hug and kiss on New Year’s Eve!
Peggy always enjoyed to going out to eat with a group of loved ones. She would order steak, lobster, and coconut shrimp. Enjoyed a bowl of steaming hot menudo... “NO PATA”, and the usual a really good margarita! Peggy enjoyed life and spending time with loved ones whenever possible.
She was the family calendar and never forgot a birthday or anniversary of any kind. We, her family are not quite sure what we will do now. She loved fast cars and many people can remember her shooting flames from her 1966 canary yellow GTO, going to the clubs and dancing the night away and you could often catch her doing the ChaCha while listening to her music as she cleaned house.
On March 21, 2020 Peggy went home to be with the Lord. She had the spirit of an angel, the heart of a lion and the utmost sweetest personality. Her laughter was simply contagious but her heart would break with you with compassion if you were hurting in anyway. Peggy was strength, power and softness all in one. Today we know she is rejoicing with all of her loved ones who stood with open arms to greet her and welcome her into Heaven. She’s telling us all to “act right! Love God! Live life to the fullest until we meet again”.
Peggy was always putting others first. She was not rich in money, but was extremely rich in love, family and friendship.
Her final words to all of us would always be “I love you so much, God bless you”!
Rest Peacefully Queen of our Hearts. ❤
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