Vivian Burnette Thornton Peel

Vivian Burnette Thornton Peel

Vivian Burnette Thornton Peel, age 98, of Jonesboro, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Alpine Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Ruston, Louisiana.

Mrs. Peel was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana, on May 27, 1922, to Willie Benton Thornton and Mattie Mae Neal Thornton. She married James Murray Peel on June 10, 1939, and soon thereafter, she bore the responsibility of caring for their two young children until he returned from serving in the United States Army during World War II. She later worked in a Jonesboro clothing store for a short time, but she was predominantly a homemaker, known to her family as an excellent cook, seamstress, and gardener. Mrs. Peel was a devoted Christian and a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Louisiana, teaching children's Sunday School for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband of fiftyfour years, her daughter, Myrna Jeanette Peel DeCou, and her son-in-law, James “Jimmy” DeCou. Also preceding her in death were her seven sisters and two brothers: Clarence Thornton, Mertie Walker, Hazel Duck, Eunice Walker, Mary Jewel Hammett, Morris Thornton, Bernice Myers, Faye Nash, and Raye Temple-ton.

Mrs. Peel is survived by her son, James Maurice Peel (Pat) of El Dorado, Arkansas, and four grandchildren: Mitch DeCou (Kim) of Quitman, Louisiana; Lesley DeCou Simmons (Al) of Winnfield, Louisiana; David Peel of Columbia, Tennessee; and Lauren DeCou Phillips (Shane) of Ruston, Louisiana. She leaves behind her ten great-grandchildren: Megan Geter (Jay), Hillary Bradford, Zach Lowe (Anna), Ryan DeCou (Katie), Alison DeCou, Daniel Simmons, David Simmons, Micah Simmons, Beau Phillips, and Emma Phillips. Mrs. Peel has three surviving great-great-grandchildren: Olivia Geter, Aria DeCou, and Alana DeCou. She is also survived by a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service for Mrs. Peel was held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Gayla Traina Memorial Cemetery in Jonesboro, Louisiana, under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home, also of Jonesboro. Pastor Benjamin DeCou conducted the service, and Mrs. Peel's six greatgrandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 North Causeway Boulevard #402, Metairie, Louisiana 70002, or to First Baptist Church, 500 South Cooper Avenue, Jonesboro, Louisiana 71251.

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