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Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton, 91, died Friday, March 8, 2013 in Hartwell, GA.

A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church, Hartwell, GA March 11.  A burial and committal service will be held at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Hazlehurst, at 1:30 pm, March 13 A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, Arcadia, LA at 1:30 pm, March 14.  Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth was born in Wesson, and grew up in the nearby Pleasant Valley community.  She received a bachelor’s degree from University of Southern Mississippi in 1942, and a master’s degree plus coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the 1970’s.  She taught elementary school in Drew, Round Rock, TX, Bastrop, LA and Calhoun LA She worked closely with her husband in his 40 years of full-time ministry and 27 years of retired ministry in the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church in the communities of Lake Charles, Arcadia, Bastrop, West Monroe and Ruston She was a leader in numerous church and civic organizations including the United Methodist Women, American Cancer Society, Retired Teachers’ Association and Literature Club.  She and her husband received the Heritage Award from the Arcadia/Bienville Parish Chamber of Commerce in 1998.  She was known for her faithfulness to family, church and community and was a mentor to many.  Her wisdom, energy and enthusiasm for life affected all those around her. 

Her husband, The Rev. Robert L. Peyton, preceded her in death in 2011.  They were married for 68 years and lived in retirement in Arcadia, LA for 28 years before they moved to Hartwell in 2011.She was also preceded in death by her son Guy Murray, and sisters Doris Sanders, Dorothy Guyton and Edwina Snyder.

Survivors include: her son Lee of Hartwell, and sisters Nancy Zumalt of Pearland, TX and Bertha Anna Farmer of Hazlehurst.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Robert and Elizabeth Peyton Memorial Scholarship Fund for Louisiana United Methodist seminary students (payable to Shreveport District of the United Methodist Church with notation for Peyton Scholarship, addressed to Shreveport District, P.O. Box 41188, Shreveport, LA 71134.) 

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