Elvira M. Peele

Elvira M. Peele


Elvira Peele, 92, passed away peacefully at the Grand Strand Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Europe in what is now known as the Czech Republic and during the Second World War, she and her family suffered severely at the hands of the Germans and the Russians. As a young woman, Elvira, with the aid of a guide, escaped from hostilities and eventually boarded a ship bound for Montreal, Canada. In Canada Elvira gained employment as an Assembler in an electronics factory and her natural skills of dexterity, accuracy, and patience enabled her to transfer to the R&D department, working with engineers in helping them produce prototypes - and she loved working with the engineers.

Some years later Elvira moved to the USA where she met William (Bill) Peele who sold her an automobile. Elvira and Bill later married and they lived in several states, eventually ending up in Myrtle Beach. At one-point, Bill owned two liquor stores with Elvira, managing one of them. However, after Bill experienced a “hold-up” in which one employee was shot, Elvira and Bill exited the liquor business.

Bill Peele died in 1994 and Elvira tried to compensate for her loss by focusing on her two great passions – manufacturing Dolls and membership of First United Methodist Church. Some of the Dolls produced by Elvira demanded exceptional skills and she won many awards for her creations. In addition to the creative side, Elvira enjoyed the company of all the Doll club members.

An animal lover – mainly dogs – Elvira also became the “go-to” person in Providence Park (Myrtle Beach) for injured infant squirrels and birds. On one occasion she proudly “wore” a recovering baby squirrel which could be seen peeking out over her apron.

Elvira is survived by many family members in both Alabama and Germany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1367, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.

Elvira would want all the staff in the Brightwater (Continuing Care Retirement Community) Memory unit to be thanked for their loving kindness and skilled caregiving over these past four years.

A graveside service will be held at The Quick Family Cemetery in Clio, SC on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM, and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

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Brenda Barron
Created On: 03/03/2019 00:21:26

I was blessed to be in Friday Morning Circle at our church with Elvira. When we met at Elvira's house, we all knew she would have a rescue animal/bird! Elvira would tell us all about her new rescues!

Elvira loved to make dolls and would give them to us and to the church for them to be given to needy children! Elvira was very generous, and she loved the Lord!

Also she really loved our asst. minister Rev. JonathanTompkins, and would watch him on T.V.on Sunday mornings. But Jonathan was transferred to Traveler's Rest. She really wanted to hear him preach, and she heard he was doing a revival. I took my computer, and we watched Rev.
Jonathan preach piled up in her bed and had a great time!

Elvira was a very special lady whom we will miss so much!!! I know you are with Jesus and the Angels!

Love you,
Brenda Barron and your Friday Morning Circle

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