Mary Peace Sterling
Mary Peace Sterling
  • August 13, 1924 - June 23, 2017
  • Greenville, South Carolina

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Mary Peace Sterling, 92, life-long resident of Greenville, SC and daughter of Charlie and Frances Peace, passed from this life on June 23, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband and love of her life, Charles "Sweetie" Sterling.

Mary loved life and lived it large with her many friends and loved ones. Her presence always made one’s day brighter. She loved her town and found joy in helping it thrive. Her contributions of time, talent, and treasure were extended to many, but her special passions included the Upcountry History Museum, Peace Center, Furman University, YMCA, and FAVOR.

Mary was a graduate of Greenville High School and Randolph-Macon Womens College in Lynchburg Va.

The Peace name was synonymous with "newspapers" in Greenville, and Mary read the "News" and the "Piedmont" cover to cover every day. Most of all Mary loved her family. She found joy in the Peace family reunions which drew well over a hundred. Her children were the most blessed by her limitless love. They are her daughter Peace Sterling Sullivan of Miami Beach, Florida; her grandchildren Franny Sullivan and her husband Eddie Geisinger of Cambridge MA.; Patrick Sullivan and his wife Stephanie of Brooklyn, NY; and her great-grandchildren Myra Geisinger, Noreen Geisinger, Joseph Sullivan, and Olivia Sullivan.

Mary was so grateful for her special friends, Willie and Gayle Miller, and for the loving care she received from Rose Finley, Linda Burns, Pam Pearson, Sara Burdett, and Jackie Church. Her family is grateful for their loyal support.

Mary's life will be celebrated in Daniel Chapel at Furman University on Monday, June 26 at 2:30pm. Burial will follow the service at Springwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to one of her favorite charities, listed above, or to the charity of one’s choice. Acknowledgements should be sent to Peace Sullivan, Portofino, Apartment 1401, 300 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, Fla. 33139.