Peggy M. McKenna, 83, of Orange, died Thursday, Sept. 23 at Baptist Orange Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held this morning at St. Mary Catholic

Church in Orange. The Rev. Joseph P. Daleo and the Rev. William Manger

officiated the service. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Orange.

Born in Port Arthur, on Feb. 24, 1927, Peggy was the daughter of Mercedes (Goudeau) and Thomas Kuykendal McCrosky.

Peggy was one of the founders of the hospice movement in America. She was a founding member of Southeast Texas Hospice in Orange and played a major role in developing hospices across Texas and the United States. She is listed in the Congressional Record for her efforts in establishing hospice as a health care option for Medicare.

With a heart as big as Texas, this Daughter of the Republic of Texas was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and served her community over the years through Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, PTA, HUD Planning committee, DAR, UDC, and the Shangri La greenhouse.

Peggy graduated from the Charity Hospital of New Orleans School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse in 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Adam McKenna, Jr.; and brother, Voss McCrosky.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Mary McKenna of Orange; sons, Thomas Adam McKenna, III and wife Suzanne of Cypress, Michael Gerard McKenna and wife Mary Beth of Baton Rouge, La., Patrick Joseph McKenna of Bridge City; grandchildren, Joshua A. McKenna, Sarah M. Chavez and husband Marco, Alexandra L. McKenna; great-grandchildren, Thor McKenna and Baldur Darby; and brother, Thomas ?Pete? McCrosky and wife Sybil of Iowa, La.

Michael G. McKenna, Thomas Adam McKenna, III, Joshua A. McKenna, Ricky J. Richard, Patrick J. McKenna, and Eddie Coppage served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the staff at Southeast Texas Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Texas Hospice, P.O. Box 2385, Orange, Texas 77631-2385.