Marion Peak, 94

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Marion Conner Buel Peak, 94, of Jerome, formerly of Elmore County, died April 30, 2006.

Mass was celebrated in her honor at St. Jerome's Churchin Jerome, on May 2. Her ashes were interred at the Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome following that service. Arrangements were under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary in Jerome.

Born March 14, 1918, to Ross J. and Alice Conner in Grand Valley, Colo., she moved to Richfield, Idaho, with her family at the age of 16, where she graduated from Richfield High School in 1936.

She married Glenn C. Buel in 1935, who preceded her in death in 1946. They farmed in Richfield. Marion and Glenn had three children, Rosalie, Larry and JoAnn.

In 1949 Marion married William "Bill" Peak, and that union brought his children, Nancy and Bobbie Jean, into the fold, as well as their daughters Bille Lee, MaryAnn, Susy and Katherine.

She lived most of her life in Lincoln, Elmore and Jerome counties.

"Marion was a highly intelligent, well-read and articulate woman with a quick wit and great sense of humor, qualities exceeded only by her deep faith in God and staunch championship of those less fortunate than herself," her family said. "She was devoted to her church and felt richly blessed by the friends she so cherished.

"Marion was the constant center of her family. She loved to knit and crochet. She was the consummate organic gardener, horsewoman and dairyman, happiest in the midst of family, flowers and her precious songbirds."

She is survived by: seven children, Nancy Peak Evans (Joe) of Sparks, Nev., Dr. Charles Lawrence "Larry" Buel (Joanna) of Carson City, Nev., Bobbie Jean Peak Rochford (Jerry) of Edmonds, Wash., JoAnn Buel of Spokane, Wash., Bille Lee Peak Cummings (Joe) of Everett, Wash., MaryAnn Peak Peterson (Terry) of Mountain Home, and Susy Peak Yeatman (Dana) of Knoxville, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; her sister, Rosselle Johnson (Jo); her brother, Rob Conner, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by husbands Glenn C. Buel and William W. "Bill" Peak, daughters Katherine and Rosalie Buel Hoelzle, and sister Eleanor Conner Wilson.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to either the Monastery of the Ascension, 541 E. 100 South, Jerome, Idaho, 83338, or St. Jerome's Church Building Fund, 216 2nd Ave. East, Jerome, Idaho, 83338.