Anita D. Peterson(1924 - 2014)

Anita D. Peterson, 89, of Rexburg, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg.

She was born May 5, 1924, at Archer, Idaho, to Lelen Weekes and Martha Galbraith Weekes. She attended Archer Elementary, freshman and sophomore years at Archer High School and junior and senior years at Madison High School in Rexburg, graduating from Madison High School.

She married Jay Melvin Peterson on May 5, 1945, in Dillon, Montana. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple May 23, 1957.

In her early years, she worked in a laundry in Idaho Falls and in various potato warehouses.

Anita was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; she served for 17 years as ward librarian. She also served as Lyman School PTA president. She was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker and especially grandmother and great-grandmother.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting, camping and picking huckleberries.

She is survived by her daughter, Zenda Hall of Pocatello; sons, Melvin (Mary) Peterson of Blackfoot and Michael (Lois) Peterson of Rexburg; sister, Maxine (LeRoy) Hope of Ammon; brother, DeVar (Gwen) Weekes of Rexburg; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jay Melvin Peterson, who passed away March 8, 2003; sisters, Clea Briggs, Delpha Beck, Artella Schneiter, Eva Hubbard, Lillian Bell and Leah Andersen; brother, J.R. Weekes; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Jones Peterson.

The family is especially grateful to Mary Peterson for her expertise and loving care, allowing us to keep Anita at home as she wished.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, at the Lyman 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 1952 W. 6000 South in Rexburg. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services, both at the church. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery in Archer, Idaho, under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

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Published in Post Register on Feb. 16, 2014