Peggy Cobb

COLUMBIA — Peggy Cobb, a longtime employee at Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co. in Columbia, placed others’ needs before her own, always helping without even being asked.

“She was a person who would do absolutely anything for anyone,” her younger sister, Nancy Meissen, said. “If she had the capability to do it, she’d do it for you.”

Ms. Cobb died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. She was 52.

She was born Oct. 1, 1958, to Roy and Mildred (McCrea) Cobb. She grew up in Maysville but moved with her job to Quincy, Ill., Hannibal, St. Louis and finally Columbia, Meissen said.

After graduating from Maysville R-1 High School in 1976, Ms. Cobb earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. She then completed her master’s degree in engineering management in St. Louis, Meissen said.

Ms. Cobb’s sister described her as a friendly and generous person who gave of her time and of herself.

“She was worried about other people. She always wanted to make them feel good, like they were welcome,” Meissen said.

When she heard that a family at her Columbia church, Woodcrest Baptist Church, needed children’s clothes, Ms. Cobb purchased clothes for the family without question or hesitation, Meissen said.

Ms. Cobb also volunteered with the church’s music department and the weekend Kid Crest program. She loved working with children there and spending time with her family and friends, her sister said.

Matt Meissen, one of Ms. Cobb’s nephews, has a birthday coming up in mid-March. Meissen said her sister already had his present in the spare bedroom, ready to wrap.

Meissen said that out of anything, family was most important to Ms. Cobb, even from a young age.

Each phone call or message from her sister always ended in “love you bunches!”

When Ms. Cobb was about 8 years old, she even saved her younger sister from being run over by a baler on their farm.

“If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be here,” Meissen said.

In addition to her volunteer work at her church, Ms. Cobb spent a lot of time tutoring math and science at a local learning center. Meissen said her sister was very bright and wanted to share her knowledge and love of these subjects.

Ms. Cobb went into a field where there weren’t many women at the time. As a member of the Society of Women Engineers, she wanted to let young women know that pursuing a career in math or science was acceptable, her sister said.

“She loved people,” her mother, Mildred Cobb, said. “She was such a hard worker.”

Ms. Cobb is survived by her mother, Mildred Cobb of Maysville; a sister, Nancy Meissen and husband, Charles, of Bethany; a niece, Sarah Lowrey and husband, Derek, of Chula; two nephews, Matthew and Ross Meissen, both of Bethany; two aunts, Zelma Smith and husband, Albert, and Gladys Cobb, both of Maysville; and several cousins.

Her father, Roy Cobb, died earlier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fairport Baptist Church, 106 E. Main St., Maysville, MO 64469. Visitation will begin one hour before the funeral.

An additional memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 W. Nifong Blvd.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, Fairport Baptist Church or Woodcrest Chapel, c/o Bram-Turner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350, 603 S. Sloan St., Maysville, MO 64469.