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Arlis Aleen (Cook) Peer

February 11, 1925 ~ November 19, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Arlis Peer Obituary

Arlis Aleen Peer, 98, of Uniontown, passed away November 19, 2023 at Monarch Meadows Personal Care Home surrounded by her family.  She was born February 11, 1925, in Atwood, KS, a daughter of Franklin G Harlan Cook and Ella Corrinne Robb Cook. 

Arlis, a city girl graduated from high school in NYC, then went to Cincinnati Bible Seminary. After one year, she transferred to Johnson Bible College, where she met the love of her life, Rufus Holland Peer, whom she married on December 22, 1946, spending 76 years of wedded bliss together before his passing on August 7, 2023.  

As a daughter of ministers, Arlis traveled across many states, helping as they conducted meetings for mission work. Growing up, she often played piano to help in special meetings. As a teen, she helped speak at many churches, even in other states, for the mission work her parents were involved in, and she continued that up into her college years.

While dating Rufus, they started serving together, and once married, merged their talents serving several Churches, and their lives served as illustrations of the message they proclaimed – being examples of God’s Word, the Bible. They served at Gap Creek (TN), then Pine Grove (WV), then served Laughlintown, Waterford and Oak Grove (Ligonier, PA) simultaneously for 11 more years.  Their last full-time ministry was at New Salem, PA for more than 30 years. After retiring, they still did Interim Ministry for 10 more years (in Latrobe, Republic, and Connellsville). 

She served alongside Rufus in multiple areas of ministry–-helping teach and lead songs at Camp Christian (Mill Run, PA), planning and leading Daily Vacation Bible Schools, encouraging area ministers’ families, publishing a youth monthly newsletter, acted as a “secretary”, playing piano for other churches' revival meetings, leading charitable donations for Mountain Mission School (orphanage) in Grundy, VA., and volunteering to help the Salvation Army's food bank for New Salem. She taught junior choir, Sunday school classes, youth groups, teen clubs, retreats, and taught Bible classes at Uniontown’s Juvenile Detention facility. Arlis loved music and often sang in choirs and cantatas, and could play the piano by ear.

While she received community awards, one stands out, as Arlis and Rufus received Johnson Bible College's Distinguished Service Alumni Award. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Raldo Cook (and his daughter Terrie Lynn Case), and her sister, Nyela (Cook) Cohoon. 

Left to cherish her legacy and memory are her children Darrell [Pat] Peer (Sebring, FL), Deedra Gerkin (Shelbyville, IL), Kevan Peer (Uniontown, PA), and Keith [Beth] Peer (Belle Vernon, PA), along with 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

First Christian Church New Salem (800 New Salem Rd, Uniontown, PA 15401, will host both the 

Visitations on Friday, November 24, 2023, from 2 - 4 PM, and 6 - 8 PM, and on Saturday, November 25, after Visitation at 10 AM, the family welcomes the honor of your presence at a Celebration of Life service at 11 AM. Interment will be at the Salem View Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled through Dearth Funeral Home 35 South Mill Street New Salem, PA.

Many thanks to all the Church leaders and members who shared in creating a faith legacy 

for all to engage. Thanks to the staff at Uniontown Healthcare and Rehab and Monarch Meadows for helping her in the final stage of life on this side of Heaven.  Special thanks to the Amedisys Home Health and Hospice teams for providing excellent care, especially Nurses Tiffany, Rhianon, and Crystal, as well as the many Aides including Bobbie, Crystal, Janice, Samantha, and Bobbi Jo. 

In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in her name to either

The New Salem Church for the Building Fund, or to 

The Mountain Mission School (1760 Edgewater Dr, Grundy, VA. 24614), or to

Johnson University (7900 Johnson Dr, Knoxville, TN 37998), or to

Camp Christian, Inc. [472 Killarney Rd.] (P.O. Box 230, Mill Run, PA. 15464-0230). 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
November 24, 2023

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

Visitation
Friday
November 24, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

Visitation
Saturday
November 25, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

Funeral Service
Saturday
November 25, 2023

11:00 AM
First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

Donations

First Christian Church of New Salem
800 New Salem Rd., Uniontown PA 15401
Tel: 1-724-245-2741

Mountain Mission School
1760 Edgewater Drive, Grundy VA 24614

Johnson University
7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville TN 37998

Camp Christian, INC.
472 Killarney Road PO Box 230, Mill Run PA 15464-0230

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