Josephine Peake, 87, always celebrated birthdays with a handwritten, tailored note

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Josephine Peake
Josephine Peake

Josephine Peake, a native of Melba, Idaho, died at home surrounded by family Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Williamsburg. She was 87.

She was a farm girl from Idaho who headed east with her husband Cliff to raise a family, launch a career, see the world and gather lifelong friends along the way.

After raising her children, Jo embarked on a successful 20-year banking career, serving as a leader within the bank and as president of the New Jersey NABW. In her day, Jo was in her element on any dance floor; a Jitterbug queen and a dance partner favorite. She gathered friends wherever she went. Birthdays were to be remembered, not only with a card but always with a handwritten, tailored note. Woe to those who sent her a card without a handwritten note.

Her smile would fill a room inviting all with a welcome hug and peck on the cheek. She loved her life as an “East Sider” in the Carolina Trace community. She was active in volunteer work, mentoring, golfing and traveling the world in support of her husband Cliff’s rotary endeavors. Whatever the circumstances, she faced each day with unyielding optimism and great joy.

Jo adored her husband of 65 years, Cliff, who preceded her in death. She deeply loved her children, Christine Miller, of Williamsburg, Ed Peake, of Weems and David Peake, of Pocatello, Idaho; beloved granddaughters, Aline Reitzer and family, of Richmond, Julia McAvoy and family, of Geneseo, Illinois and Michelle Shriver and family, of Richmond; and five great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund (credit funds to the Jonesboro, NC Rotary Club).

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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