Mary J. (Gordon) Peake

1934 ~ 2020 (age 85)


“She came to us, no strings attached, her unconditional love remains unmatched.

She held our hands tighter, the older we grew. Made it a point to teach us everything she knew.

Her love for us never wavered, steadfast and strong. She’d given us the strength to heal all along.

She was our keeper, our friend, our Lady Luck, through our hardest moments, when we felt stuck.

With tender love, dignity and amazing grace, she wipes the tears gently from our face.

Not once, not twice, but three times a lady, her memory lives on, atop a tree that is shady.

Our loving ladybug watches from above and fills the garden, we call life, with an abundance of love.

So here’s to you, Mary Jeanine,

Forever in our hearts, forever in our dreams”

                                               - Morgan Elizabeth


Mary J. Gordon Peake entered into the arms of the Lord, on September 5th, 2020.

Mary was born to the late Jack V. and Florence Cecelia (Shea) Gordon on September 30th, 1934, in Binghamton, NY, and graduated from St. Paul’s High School, Class of ’53. Mary’s dream of becoming a nurse was realized in 1957, and she enjoyed a 33 year career on “The Hill”, at the Binghamton Psychiatric Center, retiring in 1990. Mary lived a life full of compassion for others, and made many sacrifices, throughout her years, as a single parent and, later, as a very dedicated grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love for her family was immense, and it now shines from the heavens, eternally.

Mary was preceded in death, by her father, Jack V. Gordon, her mother, Florence Cecilia Shea Gordon and her brother Thomas M. Gordon, as well as many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mary is survived by her son, Sid (Lesley) Peake, granddaughters Jessica Peake and Morgan Peake (Michael Ferris Jr.), great granddaughters, Lily Kennedy, Harlow Smith and great grandson, Ronan Smith, her brother, Brig.Gen (ret.) Dudley J. (Ann) Gordon, nephews Jack (Jane) Gordon and Mike (Melissa) Gordon, Thomas Gordon and Stephen Gordon, grandnephew Matthew Gordon, grandnieces Katie (Kevin) Burk, Shannon Gordon and Abigail Gordon, and great grandnieces Delany and Erin Burk, as well as many special cousins and family friends.

Final arrangements are in care of the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, Inc. As it was Mary’s wish, for no formal funeral services, a celebration of her life will be scheduled, at a later date, to honor her life and achievements.

Mary’s family is grateful to all the staff at both Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Mercy House, for their care and comfort to her, in her final days.

Anyone wishing to, are asked to consider a donation, in her name, to Mercy House, 212 N. McKinley Ave. Endicott, NY 13760 or to one of Mary’s favorite charities: The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate 9480 N. De Mazenod Dr. Belleville, IL 62223, Fisher House  12300 Twinbrook Pkwy Rockville, MD 20853 or any local law enforcement, fire or EMS agencies.

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