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UNA PETERSON Obituary
Aug 18, 1922 - April 17, 2014 YUKON Una Pearl Peterson was born to George and Amelia Willis in Murgon, Queensland, Australia. She grew up in Australia and loved living near the beach. During WWII, she fell in love with a soldier named Robert Wayne Peterson. After their marriage on April 12, 1944, he moved her to the U.S.A. They made their home in Topeka, Kansas. Una proudly completed her naturalization to become a U.S. citizen in 1948, but her love of Australia remained strong. While in Topeka, Bob and Una were blessed with four sons. Later, they moved to Oklahoma, where she lived most of her life. Una was a homemaker and loved her family. It was not unusual for her to be seen under their cars helping them with repairs. Nothing was beyond her. After their sons were grown, she and Bob retired to their home at Lake Tenkiller. There, they loved boating, fishing, skiing and entertaining all the grandkids. After losing Bob to cancer, she moved back to the city. She attended classes at Rose State Jr. College. She became apartment manager of Casa Cortez Apartments and later, Hunter's Glen. She loved to travel. She made fourteen trips back to Australia to see her family. She also traveled around the U.S. entertaining various visiting Aussie family members. She was very proud of her heritage and loved to tell her many stories. Yukon became home for her last sixteen years. She loved it there, enjoying her garden and growing her roses. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert Wayne Peterson; brothers, Dudley, Clem, Ron, Vince, and Mervyn; and sister, Coral. She is survived by four sons, Alvin and wife Sena, of OKC; Mike Peterson and Lisa French, of Durant; Daryl and wife Sharon, of Del City; and Gary Peterson and Jodi Amorski, of Tampa, Florida; her dearest friend, Linda Paulsen; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Netta Willis; nine nieces and nine nephews; all of Australia. Services celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Ford Funeral Home, 305 S. Sooner Rd., Midwest City.

Published in The Oklahoman on June 16, 2014
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