Mary Peyton Meyer, 102, Vandalia

Mary Peyton Meyer, 102, of Vandalia and formerly of the St. Peter area, died at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with the Rev. Bill Emrick officiating. Burial will be in Wilberton Cemetery, St. Peter. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery or Wilberton Cemetery.

Mrs. Meyer was born on Dec. 31, 1905, in Fayette County, the daughter of Willis Orville and Nellie Lee Curry Peyton. She married Clarence Frank Meyer on Feb. 14, 1931, in Vera; he died on Aug. 24, 1969.

She retired after teaching for 42 years in the Fayette County area, and continuing serving as a substitute teacher until just a few years ago. She was a Frogtown area correspondent for The Leader-Union in Vandalia for more than 85 years. Her tenure as the Frogtown correspondent earned her full-page coverage in The Chicago Tribune and an appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. She was a member of the Fayette County Retired Teachers Association, a former director for the Fayette County Mental Health Association and a former secretary for FAYCO Advocates, the support group for FAYCO Enterprises, a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews; and many friends and former students.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and adopted son, Robert Lee Williams.

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