Jean B. Peterson

Aug 13, 2013 Staff

Jean B. Peterson died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. She was 85 years old.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Methodist Church in Lander.

Jean Burnside Peterson was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Deluth, Minn., the daughter of Sylvester Anthony Marihart and Elizabeth Anne (Carss) Marhart. Her grandfather William Leighton Carss was a three-time Minnesota state congressman from the Farm and Labor Party. She was raised by her mother and grandmother Lily Carss.

She graduated from Ventura Junior College in Ventura, Calif., in 1945 and from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1949.

She married Samuel E. Peterson of "Home on the Range" on June 3, 1950, in Lander.

The Petersons then began a 12-year association with Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, moving 21 times and living in Colorado, California, Wyoming, North Dakota and Texas.

During this time, her family said Mrs. Peterson was a loving housewife and mother to her three children.

The family moved to Lander in 1962 with the opening of U.S. Steel operations in Atlantic City. With the mine's closure in 1984, the Petersons spent the next 11 years wintering in Quartzite, Ariz., and summering in the Lander and Atlantic City area.

In 1995, they bought a home in Bullhead City, Ariz., where Mrs. Peterson continued to live with her son.

Mrs. Peterson was a 45-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the friends of South Pass City, the Atlantic City Historical Society and the Senior Circle.

Her family said she was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed camping, rock hunting, gardening, stamp collecting, painting, antiques and genealogy.

She is survived by her children, Christine Wickstrom, and her husband Bill of Saratoga, Samuel E. Peterson Jr. of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Bill Peterson of Phoenix; grandchildren James, Heather, Sarah, McKenzie, Stacie and Mikel; and great-grandchildren Amarea, Haven, Delany, Madelyn and Brianna.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam; parents; grandparents; and J.C. Gilberts of Cody.

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