Margaret Louise “Peggy” Combs, 88, of Connersville, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023. She had been in failing health, but her death was unexpected.

She was born March 16, 1934 in El Paso, Texas, one of two children of Edward Lester and Margaret Louise Bagge Millican. There, she grew up on a dairy farm.

After high school, Peggy attended Texas Tech University majoring in music and business. She later became employed as a secretary for the El Paso Natural Gas Company and also worked in the insurance industry.

While in Texas, she met the love of her life, Leroy Combs, who was stationed at Biggs Air Force Base. They were married on June 3, 1960, and they lived in Texas for a few years before coming to Laurel, Indiana in 1963. Together, they owned and operated Combs Variety and Grocery Store in Laurel for 35 years.

Active in the community, Peggy was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also very involved in her daughter Jennifer’s activities, especially school and sports.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Leroy Combs; their daughter, Jennifer Vest and husband DeWayne of Connersville; a grandson, Allen Vest; three nieces and one nephew; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Funeral services will be conducted by Eric Hopkins at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2023 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home where friends may call from noon until the time of service on Monday. Burial will be in Laurel North Cemetery.

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