Sarah E. PeelApril 13, 1938 ~ October 28, 2017 (age 79)
Sarah E. Peel, 79, of Gulfport, FL, passed away October 28, 2017.
Sarah, also known as "Peggy" to family and hometown friends was born April 13, 1938 in Vidette, GA to GS and Martha B. Peel. She graduated from Waynesboro High School and at age 60, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Eckerd College. Sarah had a career as Senior Services Coordinator at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center where she received many awards including Most Caring Social Worker. She rode her bike 100 miles to raise money and awareness for the Gulfport Senior Center. She was named Employee of the Year in 2004. In recognition of her generosity, humor, kindness, compassion, and gentleness, Michael Yates, then Mayor of Gulfport, proclaimed September 26th Sarah Peel Day in Gulfport. She had many unique and varied interests including running, snow skiing, gardening, attending opera, symphony, and theater performances. She was passionate about reading and sharing the ideas she found therein. Sarah participated, with her best friend Bill Distel, in the Florida Senior Games State Championship and the St. Petersburg, FL Goodlife Games. She completed two Walt Disney World Marathons.
Sarah is survived by her four children; Martha Hardy, Gilbert Brown, Betsey Silva and Katherine Hunter, who hold her belief "make the world a better place close to their hearts.”
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Vidette, GA at Vidette Methodist Church Social Hall, 141 N. College Ave., Vidette, GA 30830.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Gulfport, FL at the Gulfport Senior Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.