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Elizabeth Ann Rice Peace, 91, of Leland, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.
She was the loving and lovely wife of William Dunnett Peace; wonderful mother of Susan Peace Oliver and William Peace Jr.; proud grandmother of Andrew Oliver, Megan Peace Vrabel, Elizabeth Oliver (deceased), Laura Oliver McElhinney, Jennifer Peace Landsberg and Jonathan Peace; and great-grandmother of Carson Vrabel, Kate Vrabel, Charlie Oliver, Quincey Vrabel, Hazel Elizabeth McElhinney, Catherine Oliver, Henry McElhinney, Dylan Landsberg, Milo Landsberg, Elizabeth "Libby" Ross Oliver and Julia Landsberg.
Known to all as Libby, she was born on Oct. 31, 1925 and raised in Cheshire, Connecticut. Upon graduation from Hamden High School in Connecticut, Libby attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, where she met her future husband, Bill Peace. Prior to their marriage in August 1948 she taught third grade in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.
After their wedding at the Congregational Church in Cheshire, Connecticut, Libby and Bill moved to Akron, Ohio. Libby joined the Junior League, volunteered in numerous charities, learned to drive (not without peril to a few bushes) and happily produced their two children.
In 1953 Libby and Bill moved to Niles. Although she was sad to leave so many dear friends in Akron, Ohio, this began a lifelong love of Western Michigan. In Niles her life blossomed with service to her community. At the First Presbyterian Church Libby joined the Service League, was elected as an elder and taught senior high school Sunday school for 15 years with her husband, Bill. Her English major background made her a valued member of the Ladies Historical Society. She volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels and at local migrant camps, teaching her children the value of community service with love.
Libby was an excellent bridge player, saving her winnings in a small black purse to use for presents for her family. She played golf, tennis and platform tennis and was a keen swimmer. Summer family vacations were spent among her many relatives on Long Island, New York, and in Northern Michigan on Lake Bellaire.
In the early 1970s while visiting Akron, Ohio, friends, Laura Lee and Fred Heslop, in Leland, Libby and Bill impulsively purchased a vacation house on Sugar Bush Lane - and never looked back. This and the house they subsequently purchased next door made Leland the Peace family gathering spot.
They moved to Leland permanently in the fall of 1982 and soon became involved in many aspects of the community, joining the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Her volunteer efforts were various, teaching "Great Books" at the Leland Public School, singing for a time in the Methodist Church choir, cofounding, with several others, "The Little Garden Club," sharing the chairmanship of the Leland Fourth of July Parade with Bill and taking therapy dogs to the assisted living facility in Northport with her grandchildren.
Libby enthusiastically embraced cross county skiing, played golf and swam every summer day in either Lake Leelanau or Lake Michigan. She and Bill participated in Lamp Lighters and played couples bridge. She became a member of The Colonial Dames of the United States in the 1980s.
Libby and Bill spent some winter months on Amelia Island, Florida, for 28 years. There they joined the Presbyterian Church and made many lasting friendships. Libby continued her pet therapy work in the assisted living facility there and adopted her precious dog, Misty, from the local rescue facility.
Libby was a dear friend to many in the community and treasured their friendship in return. In later years she became a member of Donna Hearne's Bible study. She had sadly resided in The Highlands in Northport since 2012, making new friends and becoming popular with the caring staff.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Mary R. Beatty and Edward A. Rice; and her granddaughter, Elizabeth P. Oliver in 1997.
Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Beechwood Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel Hofmann will officiate.
Please share memories and condolences at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on September 25, 2017
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