Ethel Nowak • April 21, 2020

Mrs. Carlie Ethel Nowak, daughter of the late Hill Peacock and Carlie Elizabeth Long Peacock was born May 21, 1929, in Barnett Crossroads, Al.

She was united in holy matrimony to Ernest Otto Nowak June 4, 1947. This union was blessed with two loving daughters. Ernie preceded her in death on June 10, 1991.

Ethel was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Cantonment and she – along with her beloved Ernie – were instrumental in its founding with the church being built on property donated by the Nowak Family. As a result of her generous spirit and vibrant personality, she was loved by many. Ethel was also an enthusiastic supporter of numerous organizations, but had a special fondness for the National FFA Organization through which she received her Honorary Chapter FFA Degree in 2005.


Ethel’s greatest wish in life was to honor the Lord, but one of her greatness joys proved to be seeing her daughters and granddaughters graduate college before going on to find husbands who were a perfect fit for the family she loved so much.

She quietly departed this life Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the home of her daughter in Gulf Breeze, Fl. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Florence Peacock, son in lawKen Meharg, and siblings Lucy Peebles, Clayton Peacock and Barbara Graham.

Her life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Sandi and husband Roy Laird of Gulf Breeze, Fl., and Sharon Meharg of Rocky, Ok.; granddaughters Allison and husband Jake Schachle of Cantonment, Fl., and Lynsey and husband Cameron McAnally of Spearman, Tx.; one greatgrandson Finnegan Schachle; a host of devoted siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Due to Covid 19 Pandemic, we will be observing the CDC guidelines and a private graveside service will take place Friday, April 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. The service will be officiated by Pastor Tim Sowers of Trinity Lutheran Church.


Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Ethel’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church by visiting or by mail at 2385 Highway 297-A, Cantonment, FL 32533.

  1. Marcia Brazil says:

    Sandi, so sorry for you loss. My prayers are with you and the family.

  2. Donna Bryant Godwin says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.Your mom was very
    good to our family. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Hello Sandi, I went to school at Tate with you, Kathy Cook now Robinson. My husband and I were privileged to raise our 2 children on your family’s property at 2525 Sandicrest Dr. I think of you often..been here 30 years and still love it..I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mom..your family is in my prayers

  4. To all the Nowak and Peacock families,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. My parents, my siblings, myself were neighbors and friends with both families for many years. My late sister, Paula, was a schoolmate and close friends with Ethel. I pray that God will grant you all the comfort He alone can give.

  5. Mary knight says:

    Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was such a sweet lady. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..

  6. ShirleyBurt says:

    Sharon I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Thinking and praying for your family. May God wrap his arms around you all and hold you tight. Love you

  7. Jessica (Peacock) Hellwege says:

    What an impact this amazing woman had on my life. You will forever be loved and missed Aunt Ethel. Sandi, Sharon & girls sending love, hugs and prayers always.

  8. Pam Kostin says:

    Sharon, Allison, Lindsey and Sandi and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Ethel. I know she was a very sweet and special lady to you all, and to many others in the community. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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