Notes for: Fleda Louise ("Peggy") Bodine

Peggy is the widow of Ernest Mathieu. She has worked as an operator for the Santa Fe Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Carol Doty has that Peggy died in Temple, TX. I did have Harker Heights in Bell Co., TX, but that might just be her last residence which is on her Social Security Death Index info. I will go with Temple in Bell County for now.

From Ronny Bodine:

Obituary, Tyler County Booster (Woodville, Texas) of 11 Feb 2004.
LIVINGSTON---Funeral services for Thomas F. Prater Jr., 83, of Livingston were held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, from the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Dr. Tom Kennedy, the Rev. James Frazier and the Rev. Mary Shivers officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mr. Prater died Thursday, Jan. 29, in Memorial Medical Center--Livingston. He was born July 7, 1920 in Temple, the son of Thomas Francis Prater Sr. and Martha Florence Prater. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bernice Daniel and Mabel Utley. Tom, May Alice and his 6-month-old son came to Livingston in 1948. He was a salesman for Automotive Parts and Service and later worked as a salesman for Livingston Wholesale. He was the owner of two Texaco service stations and owned and operated Prater's Auto Parts, a wholesale auto parts business. He was forced to retire from this business due to ill health in 1979. After retirement, he occasionally worked as a salesman for Putt Watson Motor Co. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Friendship Sunday School Class and McSpadden Methodist Men. He had served on the Administrative Board, the Finance Committee and had been president of the Methodist Men. He had been a long time member of the Livingston Lions Club and served as president of the Livingston Independent School District Board of Trustees. He was a charter member of VFW Post 8568. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, May Alice Prater of Livingston; son, John Robert ?Bob? Prater of Livingston; grandson, John Franklin Prater of Gunnison, Colo.; sister, Ganelle Moore of Temple; nephew and wife, Tom and Carol Moore of College Station; niece and husband, Nancy and James Johnson of Montgomery; great-nephew, Scott Cain of Houston; nephew and wife, Dan and Debbie Utley of Austin; niece, Patsy Beasley of Temple; great-nephew and wife, Douglas and Jill Moore of Dallas; great-great-niece, Brooke Moore of Dallas and great-great-nephew, Benson Moore of Dallas. Pallbearers were George Harrell, Dave Nixon, Johnny Walker, Bid Smith, Greg Ogletree, Edwin Carter, Chuck Hinton and Judson Pritchard. Honorary pallbearers were the Friendship Sunday School Class and the Methodist Men. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Livingston Memorial Fund or the Helping Hands Fund. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary, East Texas News (Livingston, Texas).
LIVINGSTON---May Alice Prater, a resident of Livingston for 62 years, died Friday, July 23, 2010, in Kerrville. She was born in Temple on Sept. 4, 1919, the daughter of Annie Louise and Perry A. Bodine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Francis Prater; son, John Robert Prater; sister, Peggy Mathieu and brother, Willis R. Bodine. Survivors include her grandson, John Franklin Prater of Austin; nieces and nephews, Mike Mathieu of Harker Heights, Patsy Beasley of Temple, Nancy Johnson of Montgomery, Tom Moore of College Station and Dan Utley of Pflugerville; sister-in-law, Ganelle Moore of Temple; great-niece, Angie Chandler of Kingwood and daughter-in-law and caregiver, Darlene Furguson Graham of Kerrville. She was married in Temple to Thomas F. Prater on June 8, 1946. One son, John R. (Bob) Prater was born to her and her husband on Nov. 20, 1947. She received her education in the Temple Public Schools, Temple Junior College and Hieronymous Business School. Mrs. Prater loved art and music. She was a member of the Livingston Art League for years, as well as the Livingston Music Study Club, where she served as president. One of her hobbies was playing bridge. A long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, she worked as financial secretary there for 15 years. She was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and was active in United Methodist Women. For many years she was secretary of the Society of St. Stephen. She had worked as a hospital volunteer, beginning as a Junior Greylady during World War II, and later at the Livingston hospital. She also was an auxiliary member of the Polk County Emergency Health Board. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Peebles Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are the United Methodist Women and the Friendship Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bob Prater Leadership Award Scholarship through the Livingston Rotary Club or The First United Methodist Church. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to

Children: John Robert (1947).