Joyce Mae Peck, 72 - November 20, 2012Joyce Mae Peck, 72, of Casper, WY, wife of Gothenburg native Bill Peck, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
Memorial services and a celebration of life took place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Highland Park Community Church with the Rev. Merrill Smith officiating.
Peck was born Aug. 9, 1940, at Minden to Carl and Stella Anderson. While she was an infant, her family moved to Buffalo, WY, where she lived until the death of her mother at the age of 7.
She then moved with her family back to Minden and attended school, graduating from Minden High School in 1958. She then attended Kearney State Teachers College where she received her two-year teaching degree.
While in college, she met and later married Bill Peck of Gothenburg on Jan. 23, 1960. In the summer of 1960, they couple moved to Red Cloud where to this union, two sons were born.
The year 1964 found the couple back in Kearney where her husband received his master’s degree. She was a stay-at-home mother with preschool age children at her home, and became a popular sitter for other college students.
She and her family moved to Ogallala where she was self-employed as owner, director and teacher of the Peppermint Palace Preschool. During this time, she received an associate of applied science degree in early childhood education at McCook Community College.
Peck then moved to Casper in 1986 where she was a preschool teacher at Our Savior’s Preschool until 1990 when the Family Resource Center was founded at Casper College. She then became the preschool teacher at the college where she taught children and supervised early childhood students. She loved preschool age children as is noted by her 30 years in the profession, retiring in 2000.
She belonged to various early childhood associations in Nebraska and Wyoming, and was initiated into P.E.O. Chapter CL in 1976 at Ogallala. When she relocated to Casper, she transferred to Chapter AT where she was an active member until her death. She was also a member of Highland Park Church, where she volunteered as well as volunteering in the community. A personal relationship with God and her faith was a vital part of her life, said family members.
One of her greatest joys was watching her children and grandchildren compete in athletics, according to family. With enthusiasm, she cheered and supported them. She was an avid walker and also loved to read, garden and be outdoors.
The Big Horn Mountains was one of her favorite spots where wonderful memories of camping and fishing with family were made, the family said.
Peck was preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Stella; her grandchild, Kayla Peck; sisters—Jan Murray and Carol Ewing; brother, Gordon Anderson.
Survivors include: her husband of 52 years, Bill; her two sons—Tony (Connie) Peck and Troy (Candi) Peck, all of Casper; six grandchildren—Kristin Harns, Kylie Richendifer, Justin Peck, Cory Peck, Sara Garland and Haley Brown; great-grandchildren—Payton Harns, Ava Brown, Ellis Brown, Colter Garland, Claire Garland and Clayton Richendifer; sister-in-law, Doris Anderson of Buffalo; brother-in-law, Leonard “Len” France of Gothenburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 333 S. Beech St., Casper, WY 82601.
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