Joyce Sybilene Peters (Graceville, FL Aug. 1, 1931 - Aug 18, 2013 of Wewa) was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, friend and foremost mother. We called her Momma, because "mother" was too formal for someone who loved unconditionally, sacrificed endlessly, gave selflessly and laughed often. She was a petite woman, strong as a lion, gentle as a lamb, loved God earnestly and raised her family accordingly.
Momma found the love of her life Travis James Peters and married him a year later in 1949. They spent 36 years together until God called him away in 1985. Momma was a world traveler and quite the fashionista, from her smart suits, country comforts, Sunday best to her Eastern Star dynasty gowns that filled her closets. She traveled all over the world, three continents and many countries including Morocco, Spain, Italy and France. Athens, Greece is very meaningful as this is where she and Daddy adopted their two bundles of joy, Mickey and Janet. Momma also helped raised our extended family Donna, Ann, Terri and Jon and created a village of love for us.
She was a member of the Wewahitchka Chapter 229 Order of the Eastern Star and faithfully attended the Honeyville United Methodist Church, serving as Treasurer for many years. Momma and Daddy owned and operated the former Honeyville Mercantile store from 1967 to 1977.
Momma lived a simple life, surrounded by close family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Mickey Peters of Wewahitchka and Janet Peters Covarrubio of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Joshua Covarrubio, Alexandrya Covarrubio, Christina Covarrubio Payen, Dallas Walter and one great grandson, Gavin Payen. She was greatly loved by many.
Too many to mention, but some that must be called out.
Survived by her sister, Barbara Mapes; her nieces, Ann Nunnery, Terri Carter, Donna Stitz, Kim Pelham Tindell, Angie Pelham Thompson; her nephews, Jon Rector, Rick and Ronnie Mapes – nephews; and her son–in-law, Ernest Covarrubio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis James Peters; her parents, Willie Mae and Dewey Pelham; her sister, Betty Abrahamson; her brother, Wilmer Pelham; and her brothers-in-law, Eric Abrahamson and Richard Mapes.
Special thanks to Mrs. Ophelia Roper and Mrs. Helen Larkin for the wonderful love and care they provided Momma. We love you both! Covenant Hospice has been tremendous in their daily support and care. And for my dear brother Mickey, words cannot express how much she loved you. You were her number one. There will be a special place in heaven for all you've done for Momma.
Jennifer Klassen, thank you for taking care of me during her journey's end. I love you! Prayers and blessings to every person ever affected by Alzheimer. Hoping one day they find a cure.
Until then, please consider donating to the national Alzheimer's Foundation or a local charity, Taunton Family Children's Home, Covenant Hospice.
Services and Eastern Star rites were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Honeyville United Methodist Church (HUMC). Early visitation began at 10 a.m. Interment was at Roberts Cemetery.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.