Elna Rae Leazar Peoples, 82, passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2018. She died on the birthday of her loving husband, Gerry McDaniel “Mac” Peoples, who preceded her in death. Mac shortened her name to “Rae” when they started dating in the mid-1950s, which fit well with her simple, friendly and welcoming approach to all who knew her. Rae was born in Jewett, Texas, to Elna and Charles Ray Leazar, and graduated from Jewett High School. She received a Bachelor of Education from Baylor University in 1957 and was a loyal Baylor Bear fan for life.
Rae married Mac a month after graduating from college and lovingly stepped into her role as a soulmate, teacher, mother and friend to all who knew her. Rae and Mac earned their master’s degrees together and made their home in many small Texas towns as public school teachers and administrators. They eventually settled in the Waco area in 1974 when Mac became superintendent of Connally ISD and Rae worked as a school librarian. They immediately joined First Baptist Church of Waco and raised their daughters in a wonderful community of like-minded Christian believers. Rae was especially close to friends in her Sunday school class and the First Baptist Church choir. In her later life, Rae relocated from her home in Chalk Bluff to Houston, Texas, where she enjoyed living at Brookdale Tanglewood and was surrounded by family and loving caregivers.
Rae is survived by her oldest daughter, Linda Lindsey, husband Skeet, grandson Austin, and wife, Cheyenne, and grandson, Justus. She is also survived by her younger daughter, Carol Hensley, husband Mike, grandson, Michael Jr, and granddaughter, Harriet. She is further survived by three sisters, many nieces and nephews, and extended family. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy of love that will be richly cherished by her family for many years to come and her lifetime motto, “Family First!”
Funeral Service was held Thursday, June 14th, at First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster Avenue. Burial followed at Marquez Cemetery, Texas Highway 7, Marquez, TX 77865.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Music Ministry at First Baptist Church of Waco, 500 Webster Avenue, Waco, TX 76706. Phone number (254) 752-3000.
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