LaVeda Ann Francis (Peitersen) was born on August 14, 1936. LaVeda married James Peitersen in 1979. They brought their business, LaBijoux to Ruidoso, NM in Nov. 1988. Soon they added candy, dried fruit, trail mixes and chocolates as a Mountain Man Franchise. When they moved to the Wild Snail in 1991 it was renamed Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppe. She started her own blends of Misty Mountain Christmas Coffe and hold many other US Patents for which she is remembered. LaVeda and Jim bought the Old Ice House in 1993 where they operated Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppe until Sept. 2007. LaVeda and Jim maintain ownership of Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppes, Inc. LaVeda enjoyed her customers and sampling her coffees, teas, soups, fudge and other goodies throughout the year. Customers flocked in from many miles away to get their tasty treats. LaVeda went to meet her Lord and Savior on January 20, 2013, in Seattle, WA. LaVeda will be missed as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.
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Published in Ruidoso News from Feb. 8 to Feb. 22, 2013