Helen Hazel Keith Peckworth

June 3, 1928 - November 6, 2019
Helen Hazel Keith Peckworth


Helen Hazel Keith Peckworth, age 91, completed her circle of life in Hospice Care in Wilmington, NC on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

A cradle Episcopalian, Navy Junior, Navy wife of 64 years, daughter of Adm Harry H Keith and Hazel Jennings Davis Keith and wife of Cdr Dana Peckworth, USN (ret).  Born in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC; a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School and the University of Maryland. Worked with “the Company” in Washington, DC until marrying but largely devoted her life to raising two children and supporting her husband. She loved editing the written word, playing bridge with friends, swimming competitively and traveling.

She leaves her husband Dana Peckworth, daughter Dr. Margaret Jennings and David, son Keith Peckworth and Susan, grandson Andrew Hermeling and Kari and their daughter Nilsa, granddaughter Sarah-Hazel Jennings and Daniel, and a brother Dr. Harry Keith and his wife Malinda.

Helen’s cremains are to be committed to St. Francis Garden, St. James Church in a private ceremony.

She asked that any memorials be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. James Parish, 25 S. 3rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

“Remember that I did not fear, it was leaving you that was so hard to face”.

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  • November 08, 2019
    David Calhoun says:
    I was her "other son" and she was my "other mom." In a strange twist, before I ever knew her daughter, she worked for the "Company" and interacted with some of the ABC alphabet folks I took orders from during my tour as an advisor in Laos.

  • November 08, 2019
    Ruth Lambert says:
    Margaret and I are 3rd generation friends, and I know the two generations now all together will continue to watch over us. In 1978, I met my husband far from home, yet by visiting the Peckworths,who lived in the area, they passed their approval on to my folks:). She was my mother's best friend, her opinion was golden. I know that as a wife, mother and grandmother she will be missed dearly.

  • November 08, 2019
    Susan Peckworth says:
    One of the things that makes me smile is that my tiny mother-in-law had a fierce love of chocolate. She'd ask Dana to hide it for her to make it last as long as possible. A box of Frango Mints and chocolate fudge were must sends every Christmas. She also had a fabulous sense of humor and sent us the funniest presents for our pups every year. You will be missed!

  • November 09, 2019
    Janet and David Lawson says:
    We only knew Helen for a short time, but have been inspired by her by her grace and strength. We are grateful to have been a small part of her life.

  • November 09, 2019
    DOROTHY E Camp says:
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