On July 8, 2010, Norma Carol Wilson Peters of Marysville, Wash., was taken to heaven on the wings of angels. Her tragic death, a result of an auto accident on I-94 near Billings, has been a shock to those who knew and loved her. She had been in Montana attending to the burial of her mother's ashes, the late Bernice Gilman of Bozeman, who passed from this life earlier in the year. Norma was 72.
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Norma was born on July 11, 1937, to Wm. Forrest and Bernice (Fancher) Wilson on a family farm in Clay County, Ill. During her childhood, her family lived on farms in Illinois, North Dakota and Montana, including Lambert and Big Timber. In 1951 the family moved to Bozeman, where Norma attended Gallatin County High School.
A marriage in 1955 blessed her with two daughters and a son. A second marriage in 1961 blessed her with two more daughters.
Though she left Bozeman in the late-1950s to move to the Seattle area, the home of her heart for the rest of her life was Montana. She traveled to the Gallatin Valley as often as she was able to visit numerous family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert Wilson; and her sister, Linda "Sam" Jordan.
She is survived by beloved family and friends, including her husband of 48 years, Ken Peters of Marysville, Wash.; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Sherry Wilson of Three Forks; brother-in-law, Lyle Jordan of Maudlow; daughter, Debbie (Harry) Pike of Oregon; son, Jack Peters of Washington; daughters, Nancy (Rusty) Jensen, Brenda Wallace and Cathy (Chris) Whitehouse, also of Washington; special nieces and nephews in Montana and Colorado, including Kris (Doug) Maas of Great Falls, Katie (Joe) Johnson of Lewistown, Teresa (Scott) Nielsen of Denver, and Bill Wilson III of Big Sky; dear friend, Alice Tofslie of Belgrade; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Norma will be greatly missed by those who loved her.
No public service is planned. Family and friends plan to hold a private gathering of remembrance and celebration at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, Norma's final wishes were for donations to be made to Hospice of Southwest Montana (formerly Bozeman Deaconess Hospice).
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 14, 2010