Charan Leeman Peeples, 73
Charan Peeples, 73, passed away peacefully in her Lenox home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. Charan was happy to be home in the Berkshires after living in Gallatin, NY for many years where she worked as the office manager of the Coach Farm and played the unexpected role of farmer's wife with all the grace and glamor one could imagine.
Born to Gordon and Mae Leeman, she completed her public schooling in Lee, MA after moving from Franklin. She was an exceptional athlete, swimmer, and lifeguard and could be seen flying down the road in her yellow Firebird with CHARAN plates which caught the eye of her future husband.
In 1971 she married Philip Peeples to whom she was married for 51 loving years. Their love served as an example to all who met them. Immediately after their wedding they moved to Germany with the Army where she worked in a bank and had many adventures pushing a VW around the country. Upon their return to the states they lived in Maryland and then upstate NY where they started a family.
Charan was the ultimate host. An avid cook and entertainer, she was always happiest among friends and family, feeding everyone and sharing her infectious laugh. She cared deeply about people and was exceptionally empathetic, always asking about people and all of their loved ones. If you stopped by it would not be unusual for her to be pulling a tray of cookies out of the oven and insisting you stay and visit. She particularly loved baking with, and spoiling her twin grandchildren. Of all things Charan was happiest being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Besides her parents, Charan was predeceased by her son, Scott Philip Peeples.
She is survived by her adoring husband Philip, her daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Noah Lee, and her beloved grandchildren Oliver and Evelyn Lee of Hinesburg, VT.
She is also survived by her sister, Cheryl Leeman Saunders; brother, Kevin Leeman and his husband Jerry Myers, and her brothers and sisters-in-law who she loved like her own siblings, and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-great niece, all of whom she adored.
Funeral services for Charan Peeples will be held Thursday, June 30, 10AM at St. Mary's Church in Lee. Burial will be held at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 17th at Crissy Farm, 426 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, from 2-5PM. All are invited to attend.
The family would like to extend their profound thanks to the Massachusetts General team and Hospice Care in the Berkshires, both of which provided exceptional care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238.
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