Marguerite C. Peck

Marguerite C. Peck, 101, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022. She was a lifelong resident of Newport News and was a graduate of Newport News High School, Class of 1937, and attended Virginia Intermont College.

She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Newport News since 1931. Marguerite was a charter and lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a member of the Women on Missions Group, Joy Sunday school class, XYZ Senior Group, and Swinging Seniors. She was a former member of the Woman’s Club of Newport News and the National Secretary’s Association. Marguerite was a legal secretary for 13 years for the firm of Murray, Ford, West, and Wilkinson.  She later went on to work for the City of Newport News, as an administrative secretary, for four Newport News School Superintendents and retired in 1985 after 21 years of service. In September 2017, she was given a lifelong citizenship award by the City of Newport News.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Peck, parents, Alfred J. and Pearl Colonna, sister, Nellia C. Gillespie, and former husband Marvin M. Murchison, Jr. She is survived by her son, Marvin M. Murchison III (Melissa), stepdaughter, Elizabeth Parsons (Ralph), and stepson, Rodney Peck (Mary Ann); three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Dale Seley, will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Patricia Prater

    Sweet lady we talked on the phone she be came a friend through my daughter Kathryn Dowden I enjoyed talking will miss her.

  2. Rebecca Bass

    Marquerite you are & will be always a dear friend. Your laugh & joy you shared will be missed by many. You’ve home with our Lord & your safe as well smiling.

  3. Bernie Freeman

    The world has lost a dear person, good friend and faithful servant to all who knew her. My phone chats with her and the annual Christmas cards and thoughtful notes will be missed. Marguerite was one of a kind, and her absence will leave a void that can’t be filled.

  4. Judy Sterling

    What a beautiful lady! Marquerite was my Mom’s best friend for her entire life and the mistress of ceremonies for my wedding.I will miss her positive influence in my life and our pleasant visits at her home. I am happy that she is home with God – no pain nor loneliness anymore. Love you Marquerite

  5. Gloria Coers

    Ms. Marquerite
    It was a priviledge to be a part of your care team. I will miss our chats and listening to music together. Rest well and know you are loved💞

  6. Leilani Russell Brown

    What a sweet lady. She and my grandmother were good friends and I met her several times when I was a young girl. After my grandmother died I kept in touch with her and was amazed that she was still emailing me just a few years ago. I stopped in the Spring at her townhouse to meet her in person. I could not believe she was 100 years old. She was beautiful. May the good memories of this lovely lady help those mourning her death.

  7. Betty Hart Barnes

    We exchanged Christmas cards throughout the years and she called me Christmas of 2020. We had a very nice lovely chat. I don’t remember ever seeing her but my father Bentley R Hart (Alice Hundley Kilmon’s son) visited Marguerite’s mother, Pearl and her sister Kate every time he could. I am working on the Kilmon side of my family and the information is available at Family Search. This website is free.

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