Mary Louise Peterson
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Mary Lou Schenk Peterson passed away October 27, 2013. She was born April 1, 1931 in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho to Nelda Moore and John (Jack) Schenk. She grew up in Nyssa, Oregon and graduated valedictorian from Nyssa High School. Mary Lou graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in English Education. At BYU she met her eternal sweetheart H.Donl Peterson and they were married in 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. Donl passed away in March of 1994. Their children have tenderly watched over her since that time.
Mary Lou and Donl had 41 joyous years together and raised six children. Their children are Terry (Sherry) Peterson, Diane (Scott) Lee, Jacqueline Peterson, Scott (Tracie) Peterson, James (Lisa) Peterson and Michael (Megen) Peterson. They have twenty four grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren. Mom has two sisters and one brother; Laura (Gordon) Russell, Larry (Lana) Schenk and Susan (Lon) Roberts.
Mary Lou taught freshman English at BYU for a short time, and then taught at Mountain View High School for thirteen years. She loved teaching and taught advanced placement English, senior English and Shakespeare classes. Mom loved music, reading, writing and traveling with Dad. They had the opportunity to travel to Israel several times and lived there for a year. They also toured Central America and Europe.
Mary Lou started serving in the church at age 11 when she was called as the ward organist and has served faithfully in many ward and stake callings throughout her life. She was also a great support to Dad in his various church callings and endeavors.
She enjoyed her opportunities and associations in Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Her many years of family history research has also brought her great joy and has blessed many lives.
Mom has been a great example of Christlike love to all those who were fortunate enough to have known her. She leaves a legacy of faithful service and possessed a burning testimony of the restored gospel. She will be missed but her example and devotion will forever be remembered.
Our family thanks all the health care professionals that took care of our Mother. We also thank the members of the Heather Ridge 6th Ward for blessing Mom's life for the past twenty years.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church located at 1505 North 130 East in Orem. Friends may call at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary in Orem, 495 South State Street, on Friday November 1st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and at the the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Saturday funeral service. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the General Missionary Fund. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SundbergOlpinMortuary.com.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013