SPOKANE, Wash. — Betty M Peterson, 89, graduated from life while surrounded by people who loved her on Jan. 26, 2011.
She was born Beth Monk on May 2, 1921 in Plano, Idaho, into the loving family of Fredrick Lloyd and Charlotte Grace (Laswell) Monk and big sister Clarice. Her early years where filled with life on a farm, graduating from high school in Blackfoot and sailing through cosmetology school in Pocatello.
On a life-changing day, Nov. 22, 1941, she married Lee “Pete” Peterson. With adventure and service at the forefront of their lives, they moved several times from California to Florida while Lee served in the Army and Air Force. From this strong union they had two children, Kenneth Lee and Kathleen Terry.
When they all landed back in Blackfoot (1954), Betty and Pete started a TV repair shop which was a pillar of the community for 40 years. Betty also extended her love of people and service to being a lifelong member of the Eastern Star. She invested her whole heart into her family, she served on the PTA locally and statewide to ensure that her children’s and grandchildren’s education was the best it could be.
Betty’s kindness, generosity and wit were just a few of the traits that left a strong mark on anyone who met her. The legacy of her hard work and open heartedness is carried on by those of us who are still here. Her children Kenneth (Debara) and Terry know deep in their bones the importance of family. Her grandchildren, Derrick Peterson (Emily) and Sara Pelfrey (Clint) both hold dear the lessons she passed down along with the memory of fry bread and monkey tails. Her great-grandchildren Gracie, Cameron Addie, Katie and May were the delight of Betty and knew she loved them whole-heartedly. Her niece and nephew, Bonnie Anderson and Garth Lyon, carry the traditions on, too, with their children Joe, Supe, Juno, Susie, Chris and Katie.
Thank you to all the staff at Horizon Hospice who made her last weeks so comfortable, to Michelle, her home health nurse, and Jake, her physical therapist; as well as all the others whose help over the last several years made her life more enjoyable and independent. Thank you to Nina, her caretaker who was so wonderful this last year, and to Pam and Peg, who were also a great support.
Family graveside services will be at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane, Wash.