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February 3, 2023

11/22/2022 5:29:00 AM
Myrtis Lyretta Peek

Long-time resident of Rhinelander, Myrtis Lyretta (Whaley) Peek, 95, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1926, in Brent, Alabama, to Ottie Wells and Luna Adeal (Fulford) Whaley and met her husband Joe Finis Peek in Humboldt, Tenn. where she was a dental assistant. They moved to Rhinelander with their two small sons in 1955 and after Joe Sr. retired, they became "snowbirds" and spent their winters in Florida and later in Humboldt.

When her children were growing up, she served as a Cub Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and Teacher's Aid/Tutor. Later she was active with volunteering with the card ministry and food pantry. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, not only for the spiritual meaning but also for the joy it gave her to decorate the house, display her lighted Christmas village and sing in the church choir. She was always cheerful and knew no strangers. As a small child her mother often told her, "When you come in this kitchen you bring all the sunshine I need."

She is survived by sons, Joe Jr. of Rhinelander, and Michael Peek (Heather) of Fort Myers, Florida; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Joe Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Rhinelander First United Methodist Church, 724 Arbutus Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501.

There will be a private celebration of life at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2022
Article comment by: John FEASE

Hi Mike, I'm grateful to have been a part of your life, and you of mine, during those high school swimming years. I hope that your memories of the many years you shared with your mom will be a source of joy to you in the months and years ahead. Peace, my friend.

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