The woman who Buddy Holly sang about in 1957 in a song that became a Number 1 hit has died.  Peggy Sue Gerron passed away on Monday at the age of 78 in Lubbock, Texas.

Peggy Sue was a high school senior when she became internationally famous because she was the focus of Buddy Holly's love song.  But in reality Peggy Sue was in a relationship with the drummer of the Crickets, Jerry Allison.  Peggy, Jerry and Buddy all attended Lubbock High School and after graduation Peggy and Jerry were married.

The marriage didn't last long.  Peggy and Jerry were divorced in 1964 and Peggy then moved to California where she became a dental assistant.  After she married again, she had two children and helped her husband build a successful plumbing business and according to peggysueonline.com she became the first licensed woman plumber in the state of California.

When her mother became ill in 1995, Peggy Sue returned to Lubbock and remained for the rest of her life.  But because of her celebrity, she remained in demand for personal appearances, lectures, interviews and tv and radio shows.

The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame honored the song as “one of the most popular and influential Rock classics.”