Ruth Mareé Peterson

Monday, February 13, 2017 7:31 pm

Ruth Mareé Peterson died unexpectedly Jan. 5, 2017. There was a private memorial service in Prescott, Ariz. and she will be laid to rest at the State Line Cemetery near Harmony, Minn., next to LaVerne Peterson, this summer. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Jean Marie Peterson Scholarship Fund at: cfneia.org/giving/give-today, the State Line Cemetery in Harmony Minnesota or Genesis Christian Church of Prescott, Ariz. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary. Visit heritagemortuary.com to sign Ruth’s online guestbook.

She was born Feb. 25, 1929, to Herman Clarence Stoll and Inga Strand Stoll Hein in Decorah. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church. Ruth graduated from Cresco High School in 1946. Ruth attended Waldorf College in Forest City, and Luther College in Decorah, where she earned her AA degree. Ruth taught school at Fremont Township, No. 7 rural school in the 1947-48 school year and then at Lime Springs Elementary for the 1948-49 school year. Ruth married the love of her life, LaVerne Burnett Peterson, April 24, 1949, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. Ruth and LaVerne moved to Grundy Center, then Locust, and then, in 1953, to a farm in northeast Iowa, south of Harmony, Minn. They raised their seven children and farmed crops and milked cows. Ruth was an active member of the Fremont Lutheran Church and 4-H. In 1971, Ruth and her husband LaVerne and five of their seven children moved to Prescott Valley, Ariz. They started L & H Building Center with Harold and Donna Stoks. Ruth was instrumental in starting the Prescott Valley Library, was a Girl Scout leader, and an active member of the American Lutheran Church. When LaVerne retired in 1983 they moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where they lived until LaVerne passed away in 1992. In 1993, Ruth moved back to Prescott, Ariz., to be near family. She was a volunteer at the Prescott VA hospital, a member of the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild and a member of the Thumb Butte Quilt Guild and the Prescott United Methodist Church and sang in their choir. Ruth was an avid reader throughout her life, which she passed on to many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth loved to travel, working outside in her garden, sewing and quilting her whole life. Ruth loved to talk about her family’s accomplishments and was very proud of all that they did in their lives.

She is survived by her step-sister, Clarissa Hein Sutton of North Olmsted, Ohio; step-brother, Arnold (Norma) Hein of Charlotte, N.C.; sister-in-law, Luanne Peterson of Harmony, Minn.; and brother-in-law, Willard Peterson, of Iowa Falls; her children: Anne (Gerald) Worner of Fergus Falls, Minn.; Lee Peterson (Bridget Harrington) of Burnsville, Minn., Joan (Albert) Robles of Prescott, Ariz., Loren Peterson (Cheryl Largent Hanks) of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Bonnie (Phil) Raney of Ash Fork, Ariz., Sharla Peterson (Robert McBurnie) of Prescott, Ariz., and Carrin (Alan) Jacoby of Iberia, Mo.; her grandchildren: Beth, Lisa, Michele, Paul, Scott, Adam, Christina, Jennifer, Danelle, Eddie, Tony, Luke, Tiffany, Willy, Tim, Jesi, Lorelei and Nicole; and her 40 great-grandchildren. She also had many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Then there are the many friends that will miss her every day at morning coffee.

She was preceded in death by her husband; mother; father; step-father William August Hein; half sister Annette Emily Hein Rasmussen; daughters-in-law, Tracey Lee Larson Peterson and Jean Marie Skelton Peterson; and her great-granddaughter, Scarlett Jean Peterson.

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