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  Georgiana E. Peabody, 102, of Westboro, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford. Georgiana was born on September 15, 1915, in Chicago, IL to George and Esther (Johnson) Ritter. She graduated from Lucy Flower High School, an all girl school dedicated to students with artistic and musical talents. While in Chicago she studied art at the Art Institute and piano at the Busch Conservatory. She also received a two year degree from Wright Junior College.

  Shortly after college she came to Westboro to help care for her aging grandmother. It was while she lived here she met her future husband, Kenneth Peabody. They were married in Rib Lake on August 17, 1940. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Wausau. After a stint at Employers Mutual Insurance she returned to college and earned an elementary education degree from Stevens Point State College.  She taught 5th grade at St. James Catholic School until her retirement.

  After they retired the Peabodys returned to Westboro and enjoyed growing vegetables. Throughout her life Georgiana enjoyed painting and playing piano. She also liked reading (nonfiction) and doing crossword puzzles.

  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in July of 1986, her brother, John Ritter Sr. and his wife, Martha, her sister Jane Estillore and her husband Tony, and a brother Charles as a young child, and her brother’s children Lucy Sinks and John Ritter Jr., both in 2016.

  She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Kelly of East Palatka, FL, one granddaughter, Katrina Vaugh of Fitzgerald, GA, one great-granddaughter, Karsyn Vaughn and one great-grandson, David Vaughn, both of Fitzgerald, GA.

  In keeping with her wishes no funeral services will be held. Following cremation, her ashes will be placed wither her husband at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro.

  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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