Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Peavey Eccles, 67, of McCall, Idaho passed away on June 21, 2004.

She was born the daughter of Arthur Peavey Jr. and Mary Peavey Brooks on November 22, 1936 in Twin Falls, Idaho. After her father was killed in a boating accident in 1941 her mother moved the family to Washington D.C. where her grandfather, John Thomas, was a U.S. senator from Idaho. Her mother later married Senator C. Wayland (Curly) Brooks from Illinois and the family moved to Chicago. Betty attended boarding school and graduated from The Latin School in Chicago in 1954. She then attended and graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

After graduating, Betty spent two years working in Rome, Italy. She then returned to Chicago where she worked as the Executive Secretary to Jack O'Connell, the director of McCormick Place. Upon the opening of the Astrodome, Jack moved to Houston, Texas to accept the position of Managing Director and asked Betty to move with him as his executive secretary, which she did.

While in Chicago, she was active as an actress in the Encore Theatre where she performed in many productions, her favorite being the role of Queen Aggrivane in the stage production of Once Upon a Mattress.

In 1966 she vacationed in Idaho at her mother's ranch where she renewed her friendship with an old acquaintance, Gordon Eccles. Before the end of her two-week vacation, she became engaged to Gordon and they were later married on October 8, 1966. Her boss, Jack O'Connell, stated upon hearing of her engagement that that was the last time he would let one of his secretaries go on vacation. Betty and Gordon lived in Picabo, Idaho where Gordon ran his business, Silver Creek Supply, and they raised their three children. In 1992, Betty and Gordon sold their home and business interests and moved to Seattle, Washington where their three children had migrated after college. After 6 years of too many people and too much rain, they returned to Idaho and settled in McCall.

Throughout her life Betty was a very avid duplicate bridge player. She attended countless tournaments and obtained "Life Master" status. Her passion was games and cards of any kind and she was highly competitive whether she was playing against a skilled opponent in a bridge tournament or a simple game of cards with family or friends. She loved to watch sports, especially football and baseball and was a lifelong Cubs fan. Betty adored movies and enjoyed watching the old classics over and over. She also had an exceptional talent for knitting and cross-stitch embroidery. Many family and friends enjoy the fruits of her handwork including afghans, baby blankets, framed cross stitch artwork, and sweaters that they have received as gifts over the years.

Survivors include her husband, Gordon Eccles of McCall, her daughter, Ruth Hall of Eagle, her two sons, Art Eccles of McCall and Clark Eccles of Renton, Washington, three young grandchildren, Elijah and Ariana Hall of Eagle and Makena Eccles of Renton, Washington, and her brother, John Peavey of Carey.

We will all miss her love of life, contagious laughter and wonderful sense of humor. She was a caring wife, loving mother and grandmother, a devoted friend and true joy to all who knew her.

There will be a memorial service at the Community Congregational Church at 901 1st St. in McCall at 11:00am on Friday, June 25th followed by a "Celebration of Betty's Life" for family and friends at the Eccles Home. There will also be a graveside ceremony and internment at the Twin Falls Cemetery, 2551 Kimberly Road on Saturday June 26th at 2:00pm.

source: Wood River Journal Hailey, ID Jun 25, 2004



Dorothy Peavey died February 10, 2000 at home in Boise, ID. She is survived by daughter Nowell King of Eugene, OR and Martha Adrienne of Chicago, IL. Dorothy was an enthusiastic patron of the arts who loved life, family and friends.

Source: NY Times ….Mar 5, 2000



Pearl Mae Rice Peavey, 89, of Nampa, Idaho died Monday, July 28, 2014, at a local hospital of natural causes. Pearl was born in Nunn, Colorado May 22, 1925 to Gilbert and Faye Warren Rice. When Pearl was a small child, the family moved to California. Pearl attended Otay High School and talked about riding the ferry around the San Diego bay, dancing with her friends to the music from phonograph records. She graduated in 1943 and went to work keeping books for a trucking firm. There she met Jesse Peavey and they married in December of 1944.Jesse & Pearl farmed in the San Diego area and then in the El Centro, California area. In 1959 they moved to Idaho where they farmed and ranched near Nampa and Melba. In 1968 they established the Canyon Cattle Company feedyard where they remained until Jesse's death in 1998.In 1968 Pearl went back to school to earn her LPN. She took a job in the nursery unit of Mercy Medical Center. Pearl loved working with the babies and worked nights where she taught each and every baby to stay awake at night and sleep through the day. After five years Pearl decided that two full time jobs were at least one too many and resigned from her nursing position to focus on her role as bookkeeper for Canyon Cattle Company. Pearl was a seamstress without equal. When her youngest daughter became old enough to join 4-H, Pearl became a 4-H Leader, teaching almost every project associated with cooking, sewing and other home projects. Pearl always said her most challenging project was teaching a left-hander to knit. She especially loved to sew with her daughters and granddaughters. Her favorite way to spend the day was to put a John Wayne movie in the player and help each girl with a sewing project. Laughter raised the roof. Some of her best creations were prom dresses, junior miss gowns with doll dresses to match, athletic flags, ladies lead outfits and baptismal gowns. Although she didn't get to go often, Pearl loved to travel, especially with her sister. Their favorite places included Victoria, B.C., Seattle, and Yellowstone National Park. Pearl enjoyed traveling to San Diego where she spent time with her sister and mother. She often said that whenever she drove to Sunny Slope to purchase fruit, her car invariably turned south toward California. She was a long time member of the San Diego Zoo society and never missed a chance to spend the day with her favorite animals. In 1998 Pearl moved to Nampa, bought a house, and enjoyed the process of making it her own. She became involved with Mothers of Military Support and Military Outreach Ministries. Pearl created amazing toys, quilts, and books for these organizations. Pearl loved to join her friends in tours of quilting shops, sometimes turning the trip into an overnight adventure. A special treat for Pearl was to join her son and daughter-in-law in Elko, Nevada. She was her son's girl Friday, helping him to test ideas and build wishing wells, water features, and miles of deck around his house.

Jesse and Pearl had three children: Anna (John) Davis, Caldwell, Idaho; Jack (Beverly) Peavey, Elko, Nevada; and Margaret (Ed) Thomas , Helena, Montana. Pearl was a grandmother of three: Michelle (Jeff) Jansen, Spokane, Washington; Michael Davis, Sunnyside, Washington; and Wendy (Garrett) Bittner, Petaluma, California; and a great-grandmother of two: Madeleine and Nick James, Spokane, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jack, her sister Gene, and her husband. Private interment will be on Friday, August 1 at the Melba Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow on Saturday, August 2, at Pearl's house at 640 Spruce Creek Drive, Nampa from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the San Diego Zoo, Mothers of Military Support, Military of Outreach Ministry, or the if charity of your choice . Services are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa 466-3545

Source : Idaho Statesman, Jul 31, 2014




Elaine Louise Peavy Dunow, 72, passed away on April 1, 2010, at Ashley Manor in Eagle, Idaho, of complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was born on June 30, 1937, in the President’s Mansion at Oregon State College, where her grandfather, George Wilcox Peavy, was the dean. She was born to Hester Peavy and Norbert Peavy. She spent her formative years in Corvallis. The family moved to Sacramento, Calif., in 1948. She graduated from McClatchy High School in 1955.

Elaine married John Firth in 1959 and moved to San Francisco, where they had two boys. They later divorced. Elaine married her second husband, Thomas Dunow, in 1966, and moved to San Bernardino, Calif., and then to Westminster, Calif. They were later divorced.

Survivors include her sons, Gordon Dunow of Star, Idaho, and Tim Dunow of Cantonment, Fla.; granddaughter Carolyn Dunow of Cantonment; grandson Riley Dunow of Star; granddaughter Claire Dunow of Cantonment; grandson Wesley Dunow of Star; a sister, Eloise Cason Doran of Escondido, Calif.; daughter-in-law Rose Dunow of Cantonment; daughter-in-law SuZan Bare Dunow of Star; and her cat, Holly.

Elaine requested to be cremated with no memorial services. Elaine’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dunow Family Trust, 1936 N. Willow Glen Place, Star, ID 83669. For more information, contact

Source: Gazettetimes. dot com…Apr 11 , 2010





Former United States Mint Director Mary Elizabeth (Thomas) Peavey Brooks, 94, of Hailey, Idaho, died February 11, 2002. Mary Brooks was born to John and Florence Thomas on November 1, 1907, in Colby, Kansas. Her parents moved to Gooding, Idaho, when she was an infant. After graduating from high school in 1925, she attended Mills College in Oakland, California, for two years before receiving her bachelor' s degree in economics from the University of Idaho in 1929. That same year, she married her college sweetheart, Arthur J. Peavey, and lived in Twin Falls with their two children. After her husband died in a Snake River boating accident in 1941, she moved with her son and daughter to Washington, D.C., where her father was serving as a U.S. Senator from Idaho.

It was there that she met C. Wayland "Curly" Brooks, a Senator from Illinois who sat next to her father in the Senate chamber. In 1945 Mary and Curly were married. After he left the Senate in 1948, the couple moved to Chicago. He remained active in politics until his death in 1957, after which Mary took on many of his political responsibilities. She soon became Illinois Republican National Committee Woman and in 1960 was elected vice chairman of the committee, serving as the official hostess of the Republican National Convention in Chicago. In 1963 she resigned her national chairmanship and returned to Idaho, where she was appointed to the State Senate, representing Blaine County and part of the Magic Valley.

Brooks returned to Washington, D.C., in 1969, when she was appointed to the position of director of the Mint by President Nixon. After her retirement, she returned to Idaho, living in Boise and spending summers at the family cabins at Pettit Lake near Stanley and her ranch, Flat Top Sheep Co., north of Carey. In 1988 she moved to Hailey, where she lived until a month prior to her death.

Over her lifetime, Brooks was very active and served on the boards of many civic, social and political organizations, including Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, American Newspaper's Women's Club, American Association of University Women, American Legion Auxiliary and the Idaho Youth Ranch. Her awards and honors were numerous, including the ANA Medal of Merit in 1988; Idaho Woman of the Year; induction into the University of Idaho's Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Idaho Hall of Fame Association in 1997; the "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" Award in 1974 from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau for her efforts in the restoration and preservation of the city's Old Mint Building. In 1999 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho.

A life member of the American Numismatic Association, Brooks served as the 28th director of the Mint under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, overseeing the redesign of America's quarter, half dollar and dollar coins for the nation's 1976 Bicentennial. Before her retirement from the Mint in 1977, Brooks received the Treasury Department's highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award, for outstanding work. She later was a consultant for Paramount International Coin Corporation.

"I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Brooks," says ANA President John W. Wilson. "I had the pleasure of meeting her at numismatic conventions in the 1970s and '80s, and she always impressed me with her knowledge and wonderful personality. Her service to our country as Mint director will live long in our memories."

Brooks is survived by a son, John Thomas Peavey of Carey; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Eccles of McCall; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Flat Top Sheep Co. ranch near Carey this spring.

Source: Coin & Idaho Mountain Express, Feb 20 -26, A26