Elizabeth Ann Peavy was called to her heavenly home on November 24, 2009.
Liz was born on February, 12, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, to James and Gloria Peavy. She attended Akron Public Schools graduating from Buchtel High School in 1967. Liz went on to The University of Akron, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1971.
Liz left Akron to pursue graduate studies in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at Antioch College and in 1974 received a Masters in the Art of Teaching. In 1987, she received a Doctorate in Education in Urban Literacy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. She brought that expertise to a cross-section of teaching positions at many colleges and universities, including: Oberlin College; Earlham College; Columbus State; The University of Cincinnati and, most recently, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.
Her spirit of activism and passion for civil rights and social justice, particularly in the area of African American issues and adult literacy were always evident and hard at work. This fervor led to the opening of The Septima Clark Center for Urban Literacy, in Columbus, Ohio, which was named for the civil rights pioneer of the early citizenship schools in the South. Liz was Founder and Executive Director from 1990 until 2001, when illness prevented her from continuing the Center.
Liz relocated to Maryland and taught at Anne Arundel Community College where her family, students, colleagues and friends were privileged to enjoy her optimism, sweet nature and love of life. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a host of other professional groups and civic organizations.
Liz was preceded in death by her father, James Peavy, Sr. and her brother, James, Jr. She is survived by her devoted mother, Gloria; sister, Judith (Keith Sr.); brother, David; nieces and nephew, Monica, Jessica (Tamir), Samantha and Keith Jr., respectively; sister-in-law, Marquetta Peavy; very special friend, Cecelia Veal, and a host of other aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. Friends may visit at 12:30 a.m. until time of service. Condolences can be sent to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, Ohio, 44307. 330-535-1543 www.stewartcalhoun.com
Published by Akron Beacon Journal from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, 2009.