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PEERMAN, Mary Alice June 23, 2013 at Alive Hospice. Mary Alice Klyce was born in Nashville, August 27, 1926, the youngest child of Battle Hargrove Klyce and Marion Watkins Klyce. She attended Eakin School and graduated from Hillsboro High School and Vanderbilt University. She was married to Dr. C. Gordon Peerman Jr. for fifty-six years until his death in 2006. She deeply admired his work as a physician, and in the final years of his practice she enjoyed working as a receptionist in his office. Together they shared a wide and deep circle of friends, raised a family, and cared for the larger community. Her brothers, Erskine Watkins Klyce, Battle Hargrove Klyce Jr., William Henry Klyce, and her beloved sister, Marion Shelby Klyce Smith all predeceased her. She was a devoted member of West End United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, played in the handbell choir, and took delight in the musical offerings of the church and the companionship of the Ruth Circle. She was a member of the Centennial Club and a supporter of many civic organizations, including the Fannie Battle Day Home. She was a benefactor of the Nashville Food Project. She had a great gift for friendship all her life. At her final home, Richland Place, she made many new friends while continuing to cherish those from a lifetime lived in Nashville. She showed uncomplaining grace as her health declined, and she died surrounded by the love of her grateful family. She is survived by her three sons, C. Gordon Peerman III (Kathy), William W. Peerman (Lisa) and Robert B. Peerman; her grandson, Alexander Gordon Peerman; Josephine VanDevender Ward (Giles) and Cecil Woods VanDevender; great grandchildren, Hugo Barnes Ward and Cecil John Ward; Patricia L. Peerman; her niece, Peggy Marshall; and nephew Doug Smith. Visitation will be at West End United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 29th from nine o'clock until eleven o'clock in the morning with a memorial service following at eleven a.m., The Rev. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in a private family service, the Rev. Dr. Gordon Peerman officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Nashville Food Project or West End United Methodist Church. Arrangements by
Published in The Tennessean from June 26 to June 27, 2013