Carolyn Olga Ekern Peoples passed away on May 4. 2013, in The Maples nursing home in Springfield, Mo.
She was born August 14, 1929 in Mexico, Mo., the daughter of Paul C. and Sallie Mays McCoy Ekern. On August 14, 1953, she married A. G. "Speck" Peoples, Jr., of Warrensburg.
After graduation from Mexico High School, Carolyn earned a B. S. in Education from Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg. At CMSC, she was active in the Delta Zeta Sorority and the Dolphins Synchronized Swim Club. She taught physical education in the Warrensburg and Higginsville public schools and at St. Paul's Junior College in Concordia. She and Speck had two businesses in Higginsville, Peoples Cleaners and R & S Salvage. Following his death, she became a field coordinator for the Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts. In 1972, she was hired by the Higginsville Police Department as its first female officer. She was an active volunteer leader for Higginsville Girl Scout Troops and a member of D.A.R. and the First Presbyterian Church. Carolyn retired after a number of years working in St. Louis as an officer of the Federal Protective Service. She resided in Springfield and Mexico, Mo., during her retirement.
She was the last survivor among eight children of Paul and Sallie Ekern, of Mexico, preceded in death by siblings Paul, Bert, Bill, Ruth, her twin Carol, George, and Pete.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Linda and David Hagerty of Cardiff, California, Patt and Bruce Minter of Nixa, Mo., Bill and Tess Peoples of Houston, Texas; and five grandchildren, Corey Minter, Megan Hagerty Noell, Beth Hagerty Johnson, Dayna Peoples, and Aubrey Peoples.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the First Presbyterian Church, Mexico, Mo. Visitation will be from 10:00 to11:00 A.M. before the service.
Those wishing to remember Carolyn may contribute to The Audrain County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 398, Mexico, MO 65265. Carolyn greatly enjoyed volunteering at the museum after she retired from law enforcement.