“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty
Everyone has a mother in their life, and almost everyone thinks their mother is the best. Most mothers take care of their children, kiss a bruise, fix a favorite meal, and tend to their children’s worries. However, only special mothers go above and beyond their title and become more than a “mom.” These special mothers become an advocate, a coach, a safety net, a cheerleader, a nurse, a mentor, a friend, and so much more to their children. Two men were blessed to be sons of such a mother who not only taught them the values of life, but that the greatest treasures in this world is the people and family around you. To these sons, their mother, Kristi Joy Peak, was the greatest treasure of all.
On Monday, June 18, 1956, a beautiful little girl was born to her delighted parents, William and Joyce Peak, in Dallas, Texas. From the beginning, Kristi was a blessing to her family. Along with her brothers and sister, she grew up in the Casa Linda and Casa View area in Dallas where she went to school at Reinhardt Elementary, Gaston Junior High School, and then graduated from Bryan Adams High School. As a family, the Peaks went to Lakeside Baptist Church where Kristi became a long-time member well into adulthood. Her church family seemed to be an extension of her true family! As she grew up and throughout her life, it was apparent that Kristi’s middle name was “Joy” for a reason. Kristi gave so many people joy through her dry sense of humor that her sons say, “would always catch all off guard resulting in a roar of laughter.” She also gave people joy through her golden, serving heart. She served her church and coworkers whenever she could. Kristi worked for a long time in retail sales, but she had to retire early due to disability. She took her early retirement and disability in stride, and she was determined to keep serving others. Her sons said, Kristi “would lend a helping hand even if she may not have been able to physically complete the task.” Serving others was so important to Kristi, and the people she loved to serve the most was her two sons. After marrying Ron Goodman on January 1, 1983, Kristi had her two boys, Troy Alan Goodman and Shawn Edward Goodman. From the moment each child was put into her arms, it was like God gave Kristi a special and magnificent gift. Although raising a child comes with its ups and downs, Kristi relished each hug and kiss, each giggle and laugh, and each smile and “I love you” even when her two little boys became grown men. She beamed with pride as Troy join the United States Navy,and she cheered the loudest when Shawn graduated from Texas Tech in Engineering. Her sons always made her proud, and through her sons, she proudly became a grandmother. Kristi’s whole family gave her joy. She always seemed to smile brightest when talking to her family or cracking some of her jokes with her grandchildren. Along with her love of her family, Kristi also had a love for her Lord. Kristi loved Jesus and set an example with her family to walk with God in everything. Her faith was deep and impacting, especially to those around her. Anyone who talked to Kristi or spent time with Kristi, knew that she was a woman of God and genuinely a “loving, caring, and forgiving person.” As Proverbs 31:30 states, “…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Kristi’s family has nothing but praise for the wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, advisor, encourager, and friend who blessed their lives so very richly like a precious treasure.
If love could have kept Kristi here, she would have never left, but to the sorrow and grief of her family and those she touched, Kristi Joy Peak passed away into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Rowlett, Texas. Kristi Joy Peak is survived by her beloved sons, Troy Alan Goodman and Shawn Edward Goodman and his wife, Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman; her loving grandchildren, Preston Goodman, Reece Goodman, Faith Goodman, Alisa Blair, and Maddison Blair; her brother, Irvin Travis Peak and his wife, Dorothy Peak; her sister, Janis Elaine Moore and her husband, Glenn Moore; her sister-in-law, Rebekka Chatelain Peak; her nephews, Travis Peak, Justin, Peak, and Ryan Moore; and her nieces, Randi Williams, Meagan Moore, and Rachel Hines. Kristi Joy Peak is happy to be “Home” with her father, William Morris Peak; her mother, Joyce Elaine Peak; and her brother, Stephen Lee Peak.
As Kristi’s sons said, “She raised us boys to [be] the best men we could be, and we are proud to be called her sons. She did the best she could with what she had and that was more than enough for us. We love you Mom; you will forever be in our hearts and prayers!”
Today I stopped, dear Lord, to think
Of all the things You’ve done;
Of all the tears You’ve dried for me
And all the battles won—
Of all the times my head hung low
Without a friend to care,
Now looking back, I clearly see
That You were always there.
You’ve heard my prayers when no one knew
The pain I felt inside
So many times, no words would come
And I just knelt and cried.
Sometimes it would be easy Lord,
To give in to defeat,
To let old Satan have his way,
Admitting I am beat.
But somewhere deep inside of me
I hear Your gentle voice,
That circumstance is no excuse
And victory is a choice!
Lord, one more thing I ask of You,
As I go on my way,
That all the love and blessings sent
I may, somehow, repay.
May those I meet, wherever I go,
See Christ in all I do,
And may all my deeds and all my ways
Say, Lord, how much I love You!
Rebecca J. Rogers
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