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In Loving Memory
Betty Petersen, 68, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 6, 2018.
Betty was a tender happy lady who enjoyed life and found pleasure in all her endeavors. She never forgot those less fortunate. After breast cancer surgery 20 years ago, she changed her will to benefit women with breast cancer who might not have the access to the professional treatment she received.
Betty was born in Santa Monica, California on January 16th. She is a graduate cum laude in graphic design from the University of Utah, winning national awards for her art. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Utah Symphony and attended all their concerts.
Betty worked for Williams-Sonoma for 20 years acquiring expert skills in cooking and kitchen techniques. Her positive spirit and culinary expertise often earned her their top employee award. Many customers requested assistance from her by name.
Her dozens of cook books share the shelf with an equal number of gardening books, another favorite hobby. Her homes in Virginia and Augusta, Georgia were beautiful creations of flowery art admired by friends and neighbors.
Betty loved traveling and thoroughly researched each journey in order to experience the genuine culture of the many countries she visited, always returning with unique photos of the real texture of each destination. France, Italy and Wales were her favorites.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Hans Petersen, and many relatives from her mother's home town of Pulaski, Tennessee.
On being notified of her passing, almost all of her friends and relatives remarked on her "kind and gentle soul." Dr. Jim Garvey: "She was cheerful and fully engaged in conversations with friends, quick to laugh and to make those around her laugh."
Memorial donations can be made to The Lydia Project http://www.thelydiaproject.org/

Published in Deseret News on Jan. 16, 2018
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