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The Carthage Press
  • Elizabeth Ann Peck

  • Elizabeth Ann Peck, age 64, died peacefully embraced by the love of family and friends on 31st day of October 2012 of Inflammable Breast Cancer.
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  • Elizabeth Ann Peck, age 64, died peacefully embraced by the love of family and friends on 31st day of October 2012 of Inflammable Breast Cancer.
    Her immediate family includes her husband and best friend, LeRoy of Carthage, Missouri, her Mother, Helen Yarbrough of Carthage, a brother, Jim Yarbrough of Monett, and her children, Jill Harless of Joplin, Mike Powelson and his wife Kelli, of Edmond, Oklahoma, Jeff Powelson and his wife, Melissa, of Rosendale, Missouri, and LeRoy's girls, whom she thought of as her own, Amy Rapp, Shelley Corcoran, and Heather Morris and husband Chris.  She had 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and a special niece Jennie Yarbrough and nephew, Allen Yarbrough, whom she was very close to. An Uncle John Kiefer, and Special Cousins Jodie and Tom Adams Her Father, James Yarbrough, preceded her in death.  Libby also had a host of loving friends, especially Marge Housh, Marcia Cooper, Susan Fielder, and Dr. Margie Rosales.
    Libby was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, moving to Carthage in 1978.  In March of 2001, Libby married LeRoy and their life together was full of pleasure, laughter, and most importantly fun with friends and family.  Libby loved her beautiful yard and flower garden with unusual rustic pieces and wild and wispy flowers.
    Libby was an Executive Assistant at Leggett & Platt, Incorporated of Carthage, Missouri she loved her job and the many friends she had there.
    Libby was a loyal and loving friend, demonstrating easy acceptance, tolerance and unconditional love for all people.  In the year 2000 she was diagnosed with Stage IV Inflammable Breast Cancer and was given 6 months to live.  She had a particular aversion to the term "battling" cancer, as that implied that there were winners and losers.  For Libby, this was simply a journey, or a "bump in the road".  Living is precisely what Libby did every single day, with strength, with hope and with courage and she surpassed her six months by years, for which she was very thankful.   She was a tireless spokeswoman for breast cancer awareness and she helped many people in the area thru their own battle with cancer.  She was an active participant in the Relay for Life and helped to organize and raise money for this event in Carthage every year.  Libby always rang the bell for the Salvation Army, and participated for many years in the Easter Egg Hunt for the blind children in the area.
    It was Libby's desire to create a fund that could provide simple moments of pleasures for cancer patients' families and women receiving chemotherapy, such as a dinner certificate, movie passes, massage coupons and other opportunities to simply relax and have some fun.  In lieu of flowers and in memory of Libby, the family requests that donations be made to “Day Away”, which offers day trips for current and former patients and caregivers to attractions in and around Houston, % M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Anderson Network, Unit 216, 1515 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77030-4009, telephone 800-345-6324.
    Page 2 of 2 - Libby was a member of  First Christian Church.  A celebration of Libby's life will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 3, 2012 at Fairview Christian Church. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday at Ulmer Funeral Home.  Burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn North in Springfield, Mo. Online condolences may be sent at www.ulmerfh.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Ulmer Funeral Home.
    Those we hold most dear never truly leave us, they live on in the kindness they've shown and the love they brought into our hearts.
    As Libby would say …. Life Is A Journey ….. enjoy the trip!

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