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Michaeleen Patricia "Mickey" Peck


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Michaeleen Patricia "Mickey" Peck Obituary
Michaeleen Patricia "Mickey" Peck

Louisville - 70, of Louisville, Kentucky, died peacefully on August 4, 2018 attended and comforted by her immediate family.

Mickey was born into a military family on January 23, 1948 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. A bomber crew, delayed overnight by fog, suggested the name "Michaeleen Patricia" to her father. As an Army Brat, she spent her preschool years in the Free Territory of Trieste and then moved with her family to Japan where she developed an interest in equitation. She appeared in the children's hunter-jumper division at the 1955 Tokyo Imperial Horse Show and went on to win several gymkhana events in other competitions. Mickey's family was subsequently stationed at various military instillations in the United States and she completed her secondary education at St. Andrew's Priory School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In high school she was an energetic, effervescent cheerleader and equestrian, always ready for a prank, but upon graduation she decided to devote her professional life to educating others. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Augusta State University, a M.Ed. from The University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation on tenth grade student writing was published in 1982.

While at the University of South Carolina she met and fell in love with a bright fellow graduate student. They married in a beautiful June ceremony at a small church near her ancestral home in South Carolina in 1979.

As a professional educator, she held a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and later moved to South Carolina with her husband where she taught at various elementary and secondary schools. Upon relocating to Louisville in 1999, she taught at the Jefferson County Public Schools until her retirement. Not one to sit idle, Mickey volunteered with the JCPS Everyone Reads program for several years.

We all need hobbies, and Mickey certainly had her share. As a teenager she studied the Zen-like movements of classical dressage and later in life enjoyed kayaking, history, and book collecting. She was an opera aficionado, regularly attending performances at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the Cincinnati Opera, and the Kentucky Opera. In recent years she served on the Board of the Louisville Civil War Round Table and was a dedicated member of the Order of the Daughters of the King at St Matthews Episcopal Church. Mickey always had a tender spot in her heart for animals. In her world, a dog's life was something one might aspire to.

Mickey was preceded in death by her parents, LTC (Ret.) James Newton Peck and Frances Edna Miner Peck. She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Kevin M. Clark, her devoted brother, Michael P. Peck, and her friend and sister-in-law, Patricia Norton Peck.

The celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, 3 pm (visitation, 2 pm) at St. Matthews Episcopal Church (330 N Hubbard's Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40207). In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Mickey's name may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church or the Kentucky Humane Society (1000 Lyndon Lane Suite B, Louisville, Kentucky 40222).
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 12, 2018
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