The Peggy Renee Redding Page.
A Few Links:
Obituary in the Orlando Sentinal (a more complete summary is at the bottom of this page)
Friend Jannet Walsh's blog tribute
Some photos of our late middle sister are below. She was born on October 7, 1955, in Augsburg, Germany, and died in Orlando on June 4, 2009, after a 20-year journey with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
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|Peggy Renee Redding, 53, died peacefully in her sleep on June 4, 2009, at her Orlando home after a long journey with breast cancer. She was a mother of two, a teacher, "Sasha the Singing Clown," and a passionate servant of Jesus Christ. Her community involvement ranged from cancer support advocacy to laughter and divorce ministries.
The third of six children, Peggy was born on October 7, 1955, in Augsburg, Germany, where her father worked as a US military elementary school teacher. She was baptized October 23, 1955 at the Centerville Chapel in Augsburg.
After graduating from Tampa Catholic High School in 1973, she obtained a BA in Geography from the University of South Florida in 1976 and took graduate classes in Special Education from 1984-89 at the University of Central Florida. She was certified as a teacher in 1985 by the Florida Department of Education. A resident of the Orlando area since 1979, she taught in several schools in the area, including the past six years at Morning Star School for special needs children (2002-2008).
Diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 1992, she was active as a long-term survivor with local support groups and received the 1998 Courage Award from the American Cancer Society Central Region. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation in 1999 from the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program Most recently she participated in the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network convention in Boston, held in May 2009. Previously with the network, she successfully petitioned to have October 13th proclaimed "Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day" by the city of Orlando. She had been active in exploring how to use humor as a part of medical healing.
Active in local and national Catholic ministries, including the Catholic divorced ministry, she was commissioned by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski as a lay minister in 2007. Her home parishes included St. Andrew and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Churches. She was also very active with the Orlando Catholic Singles and the Ministries of Mothers Sharing.
She graduated from professional clown college and performed locally as Sasha the Singing Clown for the past 15 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents Virginia Payne and Robert Redding, both of the Tampa area. She is survived by a son, John Ricardo, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a daughter, Wendy Randolph (Robert), of St. Petersburg. She is also survived by two sisters, Ann Kelly (John) of Tampa and Susan Anders (Robert) of Plant City, and three brothers, Michael Redding of Temple Terrace, Terry Redding of Washington, DC, and Tom Redding (Amm)of Marble, North Carolina.
A funeral mass is planned for noon on Wednesday, June 17, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4001 Edgewater Drive, Orlando (407-292-9556). A visitation will precede the mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Morning Star School (Morning Star School: 954 Leigh Avenue, Orlando, FL 32804; http://www.morningstarangels.net/MSschool/howtohelp.html), or the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (http://www.mbcnetwork.org/donations.html; or make a check payable to MBCN and mail to MBCN, PO Box 1449, New York, NY 10159; You can indicate that it is in memory of Peggy Redding.)