Marianne Peak

February 23, 1940November 1, 2013

Marianne Wilson Matthews Peak, 73, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013 at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA, after a period of declining health due to ovarian cancer treatment.

She was born on February 23, 1940, in Washington, DC, to Forrest Franklin and Doris Marguerite Wilson Matthews. Marianne grew up in Atlanta and Decatur, GA. She graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, GA, in 1957, then received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 1961. In Nashville, she and her younger sister Doris lived with her aunt and uncle, Cornelia and Russell Speights, after their mother’s death in 1957.

Marianne became a science teacher and worked for Fulton County School District and Muscogee County School District for over 30 years. She married Floyd Arden Peak in 1961, and they were married for 25 years until 1987. Marianne lived most of her adult life in Columbus, GA, but also lived in Americus, GA, and Dallas, TX. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus, GA, and an active member of science teacher associations until her retirement in 2003. After 2004, she lived in Roswell, GA, and became a watch-care member of First Baptist Church of Roswell. She enjoyed teaching about everything, genealogy, shopping, collectibles, antiques, telling family stories, and spending time with her family.

Marianne is survived by her two sons (and their spouses), Dr. Russell Speights (Haruko) Peak, a senior researcher at Georgia Tech, of Roswell, GA, and Dr. Edwin Louis (Rebecca) Peak, an orthopaedic surgeon and total joint replacement specialist, of Hickory, NC; two sisters, Jeanne Matthews (Roland) Haydel of Woodstock, GA, and Doris Franklin Matthews of Nashville, TN; six grandchildren, Deborah Joy Peak, Jonathan Russell Peak, Alexander Rogan Peak, Joseph Speights Peak, Caroline Lindsay Peak, and Emily Amanda Peak; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friend Karen White of Roswell, GA. Marianne was preceded in death by her parents, Doris Marguerite Wilson Matthews and Forrest Franklin Matthews, and her beloved aunt and uncle, Cornelia Amanda Wilson Speights and Russell Louis Speights.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Roswell, 710 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075, immediately followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM with Dr. Ron Bradley officiating. Lunch for all guests will follow in the church’s fellowship hall. Burial will follow at 2:30 PM at the Southview Section of Covington City Cemetery, located off Southview Drive near Church Street, in Covington, GA.

The family has entrusted arrangements to H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel, 1157 Old Canton Road NE, Marietta, GA 30068, 770-977-9485. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Roswell, 710 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075 (; North Fulton Community Charities, 11270 Elkins Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 (, or Grady Burn Center, Grady Memorial Hospital - 3rd Floor, West Tower - B Wing, 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Ellen Powell

November 12, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family of Marianne who was my friend and classmate at Decatur High. I just realized we were both born in Washington, DC in 1940! Love and prayers to the family. Ellen Caldwell Whitworth Powell

Laura Smith gordon

November 8, 2013

Marianne and I were great friends in high school! My aunt made both of our graduation dresses! We did not see much of each other over the years except at class reunions, but she remained the smiling, cheerful, wonderful friend I remembered. May God bless your family and give you peace

J. R. Smith

November 8, 2013

On behalf of the Decatur High School Class of 1957, may I express our sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of our classmate Marianne. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort each of you.

Christine Chiasson

November 7, 2013

Mrs. Peak was my teacher at Hardaway. She was a wonderful teacher and made Science simple and interesting. She had a wonderful smile and a great laugh! She was always happy teaching her craft. Know that she made her students happy. I will be thinking of her. Blessings! Christine French Chiasson, Silverdale, WA.

Angelaus Foster

November 7, 2013

May God grant you peace during your time of sorrow. Mrs. Peak was one of my favorite teachers in middle school. May God continue to bless and keep your family.


November 6, 2013

My condolences to you and your family in the loss of your dear mother Marianne. May God grant you peace during your time of sorrow. Rm. 15:33

November 6, 2013

Louis--I read of your mother's death and remembered what a wonderful person she was. I appreciated her support as a parent. She was so proud of you. May precious memories and God's love be sources of comfort to you and your family. Sincerely, Jo Fike

November 6, 2013

Dear Russell and Louis,
I am deeply grieved to hear of your mother's passing. Knowing the close bond you shared with her, I am sure you are going through the most difficult and trying time. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that my prayers are always with you.
I will always remember Aunt Marianne's smile, laugh, the way she bounced her hair with one hand and her Sundae Ice Cream cake. So many great childhood memories of all of us. I will miss talking with her and getting the "scoop" on everyone.

With love and heartfelt sympathies,
Kathy Farris Strickland (Freeport, FL)

November 5, 2013

To the Peak family...may God comfort you and bring you peace during this time of bereavement.

Beth Alston

November 4, 2013

Dear Russell and Louis, I am so sorry for your loss. You probably don't remember me since it's been several years since I saw you both in Americus. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother was beautiful and smart and very, very special. Sincerely, Beth Alston