Private family graveside services for Polly Maysel Peaks-Elmore, 83, of Killeen, will be at Killeen Memorial Park.
Mrs. Peaks-Elmore died March 14, 2014. She was born Dec. 20, 1930, in Gainesville to Emma Elizabeth Beaver and DeWitt Peaks Sr.
She attended school in Gainesville until she moved her sophomore year of high school to Killeen in 1946. She was a head cheerleader and was Killeen’s first rodeo queen in 1948 at the Killeen Rodeo. She graduated from Avenue D High School in Killeen in 1948.
Mrs. Peaks-Elmore’s civil service career spanned more than 25 years. Most of her career for the federal government was in personnel and management. During her career, she worked at Fort Polk, La., and at Fort Hood.
One of her passions was preserving history. She began her writing skills in the mid-1970s when she researched and received approval from the state of Texas into the Family Land Heritage Program. In 1978, she received approval for the first Texas historical marker in west Bell County for the “Joseph Dennis Lands” that has been in the Elmore family for more than 125 years.
In addition to the historical marker, she also researched and was given approval for the following historical markers: Hodge Cemetery in Temple; Joseph Dennis gravesite; Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Killeen; McBryde Cemetery in Killeen; Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Killeen; Mayberry Park Cemetery at Fort Hood; Lampasas River Bridge; Maxdale Bridge; Sharp Cemetery and Rock Creek Baptist Church of Christ; Live Oak Cemetery in Youngsport; Miller Springs Bridge and Reed Bridge.
Mrs. Peaks-Elmore also wrote articles about residents of western Bell County for the Bell County Historical Commission’s book: “The Story of Bell County, Texas.”
Her belief in being involved in the local community is evident as she worked as an election clerk for local elections, a tour guide for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce when various groups came to the area, a former board member of the Miller Springs Alliance, a former member of the Bob Gilmore Advisory Council, a member of the Fort Hood Museums Commission, Vive Les Arts supporter, and a member of First Baptist Church in Killeen.
She was preceded in death by her son, Russell Dee Elmore, and her brother, DeWitt Peaks Jr.
Survivors include her children, James Dan Elmore and Maysel Ann Elmore; five grandchildren, Melissa Bohannon and her husband, Todd, Brook Elmore and his wife, Christie, Ashley Emmons and her husband, Mike, Diamond Elmore and his wife, Barbara, and Skyler Price; and eight great-grandchildren, Ryan Bohannon, Griffin Bohannon, Collin Bohannon, Isabelle Emmons, Zayden Emmons, Cody Elmore, Tanner Elmore and Cheyenne Elmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Killeen.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.