Mary Ellen Peebles

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November 1, 1942 ~ January 28, 2023

Born in: Hutchinson, Kansas
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Mary Ellen Peebles, known to her loved ones as Nonnie, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away at the age of 80.  She passed peacefully surrounded by her children and loved ones.  Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, James and Gertrude (Weber) Maher and brother Paul Maher.  Mary Ellen is survived by her children, daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Mark Dembicky of Brampton, Ontario; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Gemma Peebles of Lawrenceville, Georgia; son Michael Peebles of Monroe, Ohio; grandchildren Matthew and Joshua Dembicky, of Brampton, Ontario; Lauren, Jack and Ryan Peebles of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and Sarah Peebles of Monroe, Ohio.

Mary Ellen was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.  After marriage, she moved to Georgia and spent her career caring for others as a Registered Nurse, working in the Emergency department at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  She later moved into an administrative role at the hospital, improving processes in many departments.  After “retirement”, Mary Ellen was the owner of Piedmont Occupational Health Consultants, providing staff for first aid medical coverage to businesses and special events.

But what Mary Ellen cared and loved most of all was her family and friends.  She loved spending time with her many grandchildren, playing games, watching movies, or just hanging out.  She loved playing card games with her sons and going to the beach with her daughter.  Mary Ellen loved to garden and loved feeding the lost and lonely neighborhood cats. She had many lifelong friends and made new ones wherever she went.  She will be greatly missed by many.

The service to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Ellen Peebles will be held on Thursday, February 2, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Visitation will be from 11-1, followed by a service in the chapel at 1.


Visitation: February 2, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Celebration of Life: February 2, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. Mary Ellen had a sweet soul, and she made others feel special. She truly did love her family, and it showed.

    Jason and Jill Maher

  2. Mary Ellen, you will be greatly missed. You always kept me laughing and filled my belly on those Sunday evenings in college when Jeff would arrive with your home cooked meals.

    Waylon Yong

  3. CandleImageGoodbye to my special friend. Friends for so many years,starting in high school.
    I last talked to her on her birthday and she told me that turning 80 was not as much
    Fun as she thought it would be! Her sense of humor was just one of the things I loved about her. We got together with three other friends from school every year starting in the mid 90’s. So some great memories to treasure. I’m sorry I can’t be there in person to say goodbye. Love you

  4. CandleImageShe was always warm and welcoming to those around her with a ready smile and a funny story to tell. Will miss her more than words can say. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time

  5. CandleImageMary Ellen was such an energetic and fun person. Though I haven’t gotten to see her a lot over the past several years, we kept up online. I’ll miss her sense of humor. Love and hugs to my cousins Kelly, Jeff and Michael. You had a great mom.
    Much love
    Lisa Sears Nation

  6. CandleImageMary Ellen was one of the special people. She was fun and caring. We didn’t see much of her in recent years, but she was still in our extended family and we loved her.
    For her children and grandchildren, you were blessed to have her in your lives, and our prayers and love are with you all.

  7. Sincerest condolences to Kelly and her family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Peebles but I know she was very much loved and raised a wonderful daughter. Thinking of you all in this challenging time and hope fond memories bring you some comfort.

  8. CandleImageNonnie was an amazing grandmother to my children. They loved her dearly and she was completely devoted to them. I will always appreciate the years of advice and constant encouragement she offered me. I am blessed to have had her in my life.

  9. CandleImageRest in Peace, Mary Ellen. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We were classmates and pals at Pius X and I have so many great memories of the crazy things we did.

  10. CandleImageSo sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. She was one of a kind! We loved her sense of humor and always enjoyed our time with her.

  11. CandleImageNonnie was one of my favorite people. I’m am so blessed to have known her and be a part of her life for 2 years. I am also very blessed to be marrying one of her grandsons. One of her last texts to me reads “welcome to the family!”. You will be missed, Nonnie.

  12. I think we all have a special place in our heart for Mary Ellen. Spent a lot of time with my cousins (Jeff, Kelly, Michael) when we were young kids. I always remember Mary Ellen having a sharp wit about her and was really rememberable.
    Sorry to hear of her passing.

  13. CandleImageI love you Nonnie. And I miss you so much. The world is a much sadder place without your smile and laughter. Love Sis

  14. CandleImageNonnie, you were one of the most kind, welcoming and intelligent people ever. Thank you for being a wonderful grandmother to our boys and treating me as one of your own children. I was blessed to have you in my life and will miss your smile and quick wit. Love you.

  15. CandleImageYour the warmest person (both physically and emotionally) I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She’ll be missed dearly by everyone who knew her, but by her family most of all. We miss you Nonnie. Rest easy and know that you’ll be remembered quite fondly.

  16. CandleImageRemembering the repose of Mary Ellen’s soul & all her family & friends who grieve her loss, in my prayers. Her “light” hasn’t been extinguished , it’s just shining on all from a different perspective. Mary Ellen grew up across the street from our Sercl Family in Lincoln, NE. Although my brothers, sister & I were closer in age to Mary Ellen’s brothers (Jim & Rick), we have so many memories of the entire Maher Family! Her little brother Jim always kept us abreast of what Mary Ellen & her family were up to. She was a blessing! What a difference maker!!
    I notified her alma mater, Pius X High School of Mary Ellen’s passing.
    I also notified St Elizabeth’s School of Nursing Alumni Group of her passing. Mary Ellen’s legacy lives on in all the beautiful souls she touched over the years. Sending heartfelt condolences & healing prayers to all! May her soul rest in peace for all eternity.
    Carol “Cece” (Sercl) Evermann & siblings


  17. CandleImageI just learned of Maryellen’s passing I am so sorry for her family loss. What a wonderful person I had the honor and privilege to work with her for many years at Piedmont Hospital. She will be greatly missed especially by me . Loved her dearly.

  18. I also just learned of Mary Ellen’s passing. I worked with her in the Emergency Department at Piedmont back in the late ’80’s and ’90’s. She was knowledgeable, sensible, funny, and a joy to work with. I enjoyed being around Mary Ellen. My deepest condolences to your family.

  19. I just learned of my dear friend Mary Ellen’s passing. This woman had such a huge impact on my life. I first met her in the ER and later when I was in a very difficult divorce she hired me, a single mom, in Employee Health. The first year I didn’t have my kids with me on Thanksgiving, she invited me to share Thanksgiving with her and her family. It meant the world to me.
    She had the gift of presence. Anytime you wanted to talk to her, she stopped everything and made it seem there was nothing more important than what you were saying. We became good friends, going out to lunch, and remembering each other’s birthdays with a humorous card. She was my mentor, my hero, and someone I so looked up to as a source of wisdom and knowledge. She had an incredible sense of humor and was always a joy to be around. I will miss her terribly and will pray for the family as I know this is an enormous loss to her wonderful family. She loved her kids and grandkids with her whole heart.

  20. Mary so wonderful, knowledgeable, kind and funny. A rare combination resulting in a delightful woman and excellent nurse. She will be missed and my sincere condolences for her families.

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