Jill LaRose Peeks

August 23, 1955 ~ April 23, 2009

Mrs. Jill LaRose Payne Peeks, 53, 905 Charway Drive, Johnson City, died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Peeks was a lifelong resident of Johnson City. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Lorraine Bish Payne. Mrs. Peeks was a registered nurse for Mountain States Health Alliance at the Johnson City Medical Center for 30 years. Survivors include: her husband, Lanny Peeks of Johnson City; two sons, Dustin Peeks of Johnson City and Kaleb Peeks of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Carrie Payne of Illinois; a sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Lon Reed of Jonesborough. A graveside service for Mrs. Peeks will be conducted at 10 AM Tuesday April 28, 2009 in the Monte Vista Memorial Park. Rev. Michael Pelham will officiate. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Minister, family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home by 9:45 AM to go in procession. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road Suite 102, Johnson City, Tn. 37601.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Jill usually had a twinkle in her eye. This told you to be on guard for her wit and humor. She cared for many patients in her nursing career. Not only is the loss experienced by her family and friends but the nursing profession also.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I send my prayers to Jill’s Family… i never got to meet Jill but we always had a good laugh in chat rooms on yahoo. She would always let u know how she felt…..Rock on Jill in Heaven….rest of be there one day….Love and Prayers to your Family.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I will miss you dearly Jill, love the times we shared. You where one of the best! ~ X ~

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Jill. She was a delight, she took care of my dad. She truly was a sweet heart, and will be missed dearly.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Jill was the kind of person who made you feel like you were the only person who mattered in the world. She took the view of the world as a whole in through her eyes, and it beamed out her great smile that she had for everyone in her path. Jill Smith

  7. Anonymous says:

    Kaleb, I was deeply saddened when I heard about the loss of your dear mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike Crumley

  8. Anonymous says:

    Kaleb…I can see from her picture that your Mother was a beautiful lady. Though there’s not much I can say to comfort you, I hope my prayers will be of encouragement to you in these dark hours. My Mother passed away when I was 18 – I can honestly say that though it doesn’t seem fair that things like this happen, I’ve come to realize that life is so arranged that we must often make new beginnings and the Lord helps us by giving us special memories and encouragements when we need it the most. If I can do anything for you, please feel free to let me know. Leah (my daughter) sends her love and prayers as well. We know it must be hard for you right now – we just wanted you to know we’re sorry for your loss. Love, Ms. Harmon & Leah Harmon

  9. Anonymous says:

    May the Peace of the Lord be always with you. Thanks for the good times. Love You….Dixxie Haggard, Chattanooga, TN

  10. Anonymous says:

    I am so saddened to see of Jill’s death. Jill and I were friends all through nursing school and I have so many fond memories of those years. My prayers are with you.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jill will be missed by me.Kaleb your mom was an amazing person and friend.She was always there for me when i needed a friend and a shoulder to cry on.She will always be in my heart and prayers.She spoke about you and your brother all the time.My heart goes out to you boys and your family.REST IN PEACE JILL…..Till we meet at the gates of Heaven…..Love BUGGIE

  12. Anonymous says:

    Lannie, I am so sorry to hear about Jill. She was so very dedicated and of course you are the best nurse I ever worked with. It was always the duct tape and powdered sugar that impressed me-HA If I can be of any help please call me at 823-o758.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You were such a sweet and good friend. You will be missed.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Although I know at such a time there’s little I can say, I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts today. May it be some comfort to you to know how many hearts will remember her with love and may you find strength in your faith and comfort in God’s love. With Love, Charisse “Sissy”

  15. Anonymous says:

    I met Jill through Cub Scouts and she left a lasting impression on me. She was so friendly and fun to be around with always a great smile and something funny to say. Although I never met Jill’s extended family please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great loss. May you find comfort in knowing that she left a great impact on so many lives and you will be reunited with her in heaven.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I worked at JCMC and knew Jill in passing, I never seen her when she wasn’t smiling or laughing and she always brightened everyones day, she was a beautiful person inside and out. I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Jill was an awesome nurse and a good friend. I am sure that you will miss her dearly. I know that you will hear her voice and her laugh in your mind always. I will miss her too.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Lanny I just wanted you to know that you and dustin and kaleb are in my thoughts and prayers, May God comfort you and the boys through this difficult time, Jill was a wonderful person even though I have’nt seen you’ll in a long time some of my best memories is with your family. if you need me please don’t hesitate to call. with love Sue Roberts

  19. Anonymous says:

    Lanny, Dustin, and Kaleb, All of you are in our thoughts as these times are hard ones with the hope and faith for better days to come. With love in our hearts we wish for you to celebrate Jill’s life and to live yours to the fullest.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Lanny, Dustin, Kaleb, I am deeply saddened by Jill’s passing. She was a fun lady and I enjoyed working with her in scouting and just knowing her and all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my profound condolences at the loss of Jill. I had the honor of working with Jill at JCMC. Whether in extreme crisis or at the lunch break, Jill could always find some bright moment to lift others spirits. She was a very competent and caring nurse, and the world was a better place with her having been in it. I will miss her but will smile fondly as I remember how she gave of herself to others. With prayers and sympathy.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Jill was a wonderful and nurse and I enjoyed working with her.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Jill and I were in Nursing school together and a great team player in a group of five who studied together and worked on school projects (Jill, Kim, Mike, Susan and Kathleen). Jill was a hardworker, a team member who was dependable and knowledgeable. Jill was an excellent nurse. I can not remember a day that when I saw her coming down the hall that she did not have a smile on her face. That’s Jill and how I will always remember her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  24. Anonymous says:

    My life was happier for knowing you Jilly…I will miss you everyday. God must have needed a darn good nurse in heaven. You were taken from us too soon. I love ya. Loren XOXO

  25. Anonymous says:

    Peeks Family, You do not know me, not I you. I met Jill last summer at Dr. Blum’s office while she was undergoing radiation treatments, as was my dad, Floyd Sartain. She immediately became friends with him. Daddy called her the “bunny shoe lady” because she had some flip flops with feathery-looking things on them. There wasn’t a day that Jill didn’t talk to him, always asking how he was and genuinely being a friend. My Daddy looked forward to seeing her, even in those last days of treatment when he felt so badly. Jill finished her treatments before us, but she gave me her cell number so that we could stay in touch. We talked one time late last fall. Daddy was not up to talking on the phone, so I talked to her and relayed her message to him. Daddy died on Valentine’s Day 2009. I just bet that he met her at the gate, and he asked her where her bunny shoes were! God bless all of you as you mourn her passing, but rejoice that she is not suffering and is enjoying her heavenly reward! Debbie Stitt, Piney Flats

  26. Anonymous says:

    Dear Peek family… Your mother and I were fast and dear friends while attending High School together at Washington College Academy in Limestone, TN. There are some stories I could tell about our times together and how Jill always made a “good time” even better. Time and distance separated us, but I always remember her with a smile on my face.. Mostly because her laugh was so contagious and her willingness to always putothers before herself. Your loss burns in my heart and I only wish I had known her in her most recent years. May God give you peace and assurance as He has given Jill the absence of pain and suffering. We may never understand the “why”, but our faith and belief will give us acceptance.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Kaleb and Dustin, Your mother was a jewel to have known.I met her through Yahoo chat.She was such a sweet,kind,loving,and fiesty woman. She was so proud of you both. I will always remember her laugh and mischievious smile.She could always help you forget your troubles or help you lament your woes. I am honored to have known her as a friend and honored she considered me a friend.Jill was such a treasure to be around.She will be missed by so many. God Bless you Jill, I will see you one day in heaven.God Bless you Kaleb and Dustin my heart goes out too you both in this time of sorrow. With Deepest Sympathy and Love Brenda Loveday(brenlove37)

  28. Anonymous says:

    To the family of a great lady, wonderful friend and kind heart. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I had the privilege of knowing Jill for a very short period of time. She was very caring, kind and special in every way. i thank god he gifted me by getting to know her.My heart goes out to you all. I will never forget her. God bless you all.west

  29. Anonymous says:

    My heart is so saddened to hear of Jill’s passing. I was an online friend of hers and she always made me laugh. I was fortunate enough to have met her a few times and she was a blast, she just wanted people to laugh and smile and have a good time. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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