Vilma D. Peele
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PEELE VILMA DIANNE BOWIE PEELE Vilma Dianne Bowie Peele traveled peacefully to the next station of her spiritual journey on February 10, 2010 after a courageous and inspiring two year battle with cancer. She taught all who knew her lessons in faith, courage and love. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael P. Peele. She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Edna and Walter Bowie; her son, Bryan Peele; her sister, Marilyn Coates (Larry); nephew, Steven Coates (Christine); niece, Kristin Elam (Marrell); uncle, Robert Henderson (Silvia); aunt, Llena Henderson; aunt, Helen McMeans (Donald) and many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held on February 17, 2010 at Northeastern Presbyterian Church, located at 2112 Varnum St. N. E. Washington, D.C. Wake at 10:00 a.m. Service at 11:00 a.m.

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Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2010.
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March 11, 2010
Wow! I remember Mrs Peele as my Fav teacher at Anacostia. She was inspiring and a challenge. I couldn't wait to take her english class, and for two years, 11th & 12th grade I did. She was very firm yet fair. From the time I was placed in the performing Arts acedemy till the time I went to prom and graduated she was there. Even my college years I came back and saw her a few times back in 05. 1998-2002 where difficult times for students who went to Ana that year, but if you ran into Mrs Peele she was soothing. I could remember when I lived in a group home off Sargent Rd in NE,DC and worked at Ana after school, she'd wait for me and give me a ride. She lived close by as I could remember. She was a woman of faith and she always encouraged me too maintain my virginity throughout high school and I did. Staying on the Eastern Shore after college, I alway's said I had to go back to my high school. It'll be tough now passing her classroom not seeing her.
Randolph Scott
February 17, 2010
Mrs.Peele was a great teacher to me and many others at Anacostia..I really enjoyed her teaching and that she was always a calm person to know. )
Latease Jordan
February 17, 2010
Vilma (Diane) was a great neighbor and friend. We will miss her very much.
Chris & Len Odom
February 16, 2010
To the Peele and Bowie Families,

I'm sadden by the passing of your loved one and teacher of mine from Anacostia Senior High School. As our Journalism sponsor/coordinator, I was very appreciative and fond of her passion for teaching and the love she had for us (her students). While there are no words that can fill the void that she has left, I pray that her memories and affectionate smile help carry you through the rough times ahead. May God continue to shine on and Bless each of you.
Brian Harper
Anacostia Sr. High
Class of 1988
Brian Harper
February 16, 2010
To the Peele and Bowie Families,

I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the passing of Mrs. Peele. I worked closely with Mrs. Peele at Anacostia as an Academy Manager in the late 90s and I had great respect and appreciation for her love of teaching and the care and concern she showed for her students. She was a phenomenal woman who has left a lasting legacy through the students she touched. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God provide you peace and comfort.
Cheryl Kates
February 16, 2010
Mrs. Peele was my 10th grade English teacher at Anacostia Sr. High. She was a sweet,loving and caring person to all of her students. She will really be missed.My prayers are with the family. God keep you and comfort you in this time of grief!
Lora Hymes
February 16, 2010
I remember Mrs. Peele from Anacostia, as a kind and patient teacher. I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to the family during this time of bereavement.
Sharrin D. Owens
Class of 78'
Sharrin Owens
February 16, 2010
I am really speechless right now. Mrs. Peele not only gave us lessons in education, but lessons in life. She helped me through a difficult time in my life as a student in her class. This news saddens me deeply, however I know that where she's going is a better place to be. Rest In Peace Mrs. Peele. My prayers are with your family.
Ramona Brand-McCoy
February 16, 2010
Mrs. Peele was my 10th grade english teacher at Anacostia High School and taught us many lessons not only in english but in life. She was a role model to all of the young ladies who were on the Flag Twirlers Squad as well as those whose lives she touched. Mrs. Peele modeled and exemplied womanhood at its finest. I will always remember Mrs. Peele's lessons in life and how she always gave us her best and she expected the same in return. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Adriane Lowrie
February 16, 2010
To the Peele and Bowie Families,
Please accept my sincere sympathy at the passing of your beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.
I worked with Dianne for a number of years and found her to be a lovely individual, a wonderful teacher and a caring friend.
She will be sorely missed. I will keep the family in prayer.
Dolores C. Leffall
February 16, 2010
To the Family:

I would like to thank you all for sharing Mrs. Peele with me. Mrs. Peele was my English teacher. It is so amazing that I just had a conversation/debate with my husband about 3 weeks ago, we were on the subject about MACBETH and I told him he did not want to challenge me on any MACBETH topics because I was taught by the best. So in closing, just know that GOD has chosen one of his best teachers. May GOD strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time.
Kim Snowden-Rawls
February 16, 2010
Our prayers go out to Mother Bowie and Family. Diane was such a wonderful person. May God Bless and keep you.

The Ross Family
February 16, 2010
Mrs. Peele,
For the first time in my life, I am truly lost for words. Believe me, I'm shocked too. There are no words that can help express how I feel right now. My heart aches and my mind is lost. You were a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend and there is none like you. My last memory is of you fixing lunch for us two years ago while I was putting up your kitchen curtains. We were laughing because you thought I was going to fall off the stool. But I didn't. There has never been a day since then that I haven't thought about you. Even though we have talked after that, I just wish I took one last time to call when I thought about it instead of passing it off for another day. Since graduating ten years ago, I have learned so much from you about life and spirituality and faith. You taught me to trust in God even when I feel he has let me down. You always talked about your relationship with God and how much you appreciated it more than ever. I hope now you are at peace and when it is time for you to awake, you will be with HIM forever.
Angela Waddell
February 16, 2010
Elder Peele was always such a bright and wonderful person, always with a smile and kind word. She will certainly be missed. Mother Bowie, our prayers are with you and the entire family at this difficult, but celebratory time.
Carter, Denise, and Layla Anderson
February 16, 2010
I would like to extend my Condolences to the Family & Friends of Mrs Velma. Mrs Velma was a very kind & generous Friend & Neighbor whom will Truly Be Missed by everyone on the 2200 block of Taylor Steet NE and in the Community it Self, just know that she is suffering no more and will always be watching over everyone from above.
Harriette St John
February 15, 2010
"My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. (Stephanie Hemsley)
Stephanie Hemsley
February 15, 2010
Such a wonderful amazing teacher who cared for her students. Your memory will always live in our hearts.
Keyona Coward
February 15, 2010
February 15, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Charletta Washington
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