Martha McPeek, age 91, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully Thursday morning, February 14, 2013, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri, following a brief decline in health. She had spent the last three years living with her daughter and son-in-law in Leawood, Kansas.
On September 7, 1921, Martha was born in Cardington Township of Morrow County, the fourth of nine children of the late Clayton and Almeda (Lee) Fisher.
A graduate of Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1939, Martha remained close with a classmate, Jack W. McPeek. Once they finally began dating, the rest was history and they were married on August 23, 1941, in the Mount Gilead Church of the Nazarene, where they were members. Over the years, they shared a special relationship filled with love for their family. They were deeply devoted to one another for nearly sixty nine years. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2010, and her heart remained with him ever since that day.
After being a loving homemaker for many years, Martha went back to work starting as the first manager of the Morrow County Credit Bureau. She also worked as a title clerk at C & D Chevrolet, and lastly worked in the Morrow County Clerk of Court's office, from where she retired in 1984.
Soon after their retirement, Martha and Jack would spend six months of the year as snowbirds in Eustis, Florida. During the twenty three winters they spent there, she enjoyed playing bingo and pokeno at the clubhouse, while Jack was always out socializing on his golf cart with all of his friends.
Always keeping herself busy, in her free time, Martha enjoyed crocheting and cross stitching gifts and playing crossword puzzles. But her biggest thrill was to fish…particularly with someone who would bait the hook and remove the fish.
Devoted to her family, Martha was a ""strong family woman"" and very involved in every aspect of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's lives, rarely missing any event they were participating in. During her life in Kansas, most days included a visit from Sydney and Ella Cross, two of her great-grandchildren. They brought much love and laughter into her life. She also shared a very close relationship with her seven sisters and one brother, keeping in touch often and reminiscing about life growing up on a farm.
She will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Michael West of Leawood, Kansas; four grandchildren: Dr. Nicholas (Erin) Brown of Norwalk, Michelle West of Dallas, Texas, Douglas Brown of Wooster, and Lori (Aaron) Cross of Overland Park, Kansas; four great-grandchildren: Owen and Lauren Brown, and Sydney and Ella Cross; a son-in-law, Dr. Charles (Ruth) Brown of Wooster; four siblings: Earnestine Bland, Leroy Fisher, Joan McCarty, all of Marengo, and Evelyn Young of Ashley; sister-in-law, Jeanne (Tom) Burkhart of Marysville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her parents and husband, Martha was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Brown; infant son, Richard McPeek; four sisters: Gladys Mayer, Elizabeth Holloway, Maxine Hubbard, and Dorothy Davis; and several brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Her family will greet friends from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, February 18th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating her life will follow there at 11:30 a.m., with Pastor Kelly Melvin officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Martha's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Feb. 20, 2013