Monday, March 20, 2017

Our Sympathy...

Our condolences to the Peace family. Our sister, Louise Peace, passed away on Sunday. Louise is the mother of Richard Peace and Sandra Smallwood. Please keep those, who will be traveling, in your prayers.

Helen Louise Peace, 97, of the Faught Community died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ with Patrick Cannon and Richard Peace officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 PM until service time prior to the service at the church. Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Peace was born October 27, 1919, on the Blossom prairie, Lamar County, a daughter of Hiram Lee and Minnie Bell Parks Wright. She attended Blossom High School and Paris Junior College. She married James P. “Bud” Peace on September 17, 1943, in Paris.
Mrs. Peace was a faithful daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She was the quintessential homemaker. She prepared 3 meals every day, made clothing for the family oftentimes from printed flour sacks, planted and harvested a large vegetable garden, canning and preserving the produce. She loved to pick up, crack, and pick out pecans from a special tree known as “Mother’s Tree” on the Peace Ranch. She was well known for her pecan pies.
She was a long time member of the Women’s Home Demonstration Club of Lamar County. After rearing her children, she worked as a seamstress with her sister-in-law Aileen Peace at the Collegiate Shoppe. She also volunteered with the Paris Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, logging over 6500 hours. She a faithful Christian and the oldest member of Lamar Avenue Church of Christ.
She was an avid 42, domino, and scrabble player in her younger adult life and later a very competitive chicken foot player. She worked every crossword puzzle she could get her hands on and loved to collect and read mystery novels.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, her parents, a brother and four sisters and their spouses, a sister-in-law and four brothers-in-law and their spouses. She was the last of her family’s generation. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Joe D. Smallwood and a grandson, Pete Renfro.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Peace and wife Connelle, Joel Peace and wife Linda, and a daughter, Sandra Smallwood, all of the Faught Community. She was Mimi to her seven grandchildren, Kelley Peace (Lisa), David Peace (Renee), Michael Peace (Shanna), Mark Peace, Julie Norris, Amber Shed (Staton), and Tara Conlin; 14 great grandchildren, Austin Peace, Krista Peace, Colton Peace, Zander Peace, Kallie Peace, Rachel Peace, Jonathan Peace, Mallory Miller, Lindy Norris, Oren Shed, Parker Shed, Evan Shed, Kyra Conlin, and Kaitlyn Conlin; three great great grandchildren, Joel Miller, Nate Miller, and Ben Flournoyd, as well as several nieces and nephews.
All who knew Mrs. Peace referred to her as a sweet, considerate lady. Even as she faded from this life, her attitude made her a joy to care for. The family expresses its appreciation to her loving caregivers, Julie Norris, Challene Kee, and On-Call Home Health providers and hospice.
Pallbearers are her grandsons. Honorary pall bearers are Brad Francis and Phil Wilson, who faithfully served her the Lord’s Supper on Sunday mornings at her home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Providence Cemetery Association, c/o Paul Darnell, 501 CR 42400, Paris, Texas 75462; the New Hope Center, 400 SW 4th Street, Paris, Texas 75460; or the Red River Valley Veteran’s Memorial, 1025 South Collegiate Drive, Paris, Texas 75460.

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