Mary Catherine Peterson Obituary

Mary Catherine Peterson

Mary Catherine (Foster) Peterson, age 93, of Valentine, NE passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth NE. She was born June 27, 1927 in Milbourne, NE to William and Winifred (Read) Foster, the 3rd of 13 children. The family moved to Sparks where she attended country school. She often rode horseback to school. She attended Valentine Rural High School and graduated in 1945. She then attended Normal Training, taught by Nettie Lovejoy, to become a teacher. She taught at Tioga school southwest of Valentine along the Niobrara River. While teaching there, she met the love of her life. She married Russell A. Peterson on October 26, 1949. To this union 5 children were born. Mary was a lifetime resident of Cherry County. She spent 69 years on the family ranch before moving to Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth to the time of her death. She was an outstanding seamstress, sewing her own clothing as well as clothes for her children. They resembled high quality factory clothes so much that she was often asked what company made them. She loved to cook and always had extra. Everyone was welcomed into her home and no one left the house hungry. She worked at Valentine Livestock Auction in the kitchen on sale day and part time at Red Front Mercantile clothing store in Valentine. In later years she worked for Janine’s Flowers part time. Her last job, which she was so fond of, was Grandmother at Head Start in Valentine where she worked 12 years. Her family was her passion. She loved them all and always had a warm hug and a kiss for each one. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, flowers, cooking, knitting, quilt making, wood crafting, other crafting, playing cards and doing puzzles. She was proud that she made stuffed teddy bears for child trauma victims and donated them to the local police and county Sheriff departments. She leaves to mourn 5 children and their spouses: Lois Lux Bradleyville, MO, Rhonda (Tim) Sutherland Ogallala, NE, Debb (Mark) Gracey Ainsworth, NE, Dee (John) Hoefs Wood Lake, NE, Russell W (Gayle) Peterson Valentine, NE; 20 grandchildren: Kim(Joe), Corby ( Lisa), Tucker ( Lori), Tanner (Amelia), Keri (Mark), Greg (Chasity) Russchelle (Troy), Chad, Kendra(John), Kade (Dori), Cort (Ashley), Kwynn (Ty), Keaton, Dustin ( Lacey), Jennifer (Jess), Brandon (Jasmine), Logan (Paula), JD (Heleyna), Ehran and Shane; 43 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; 6 siblings: Norma Jean Kramer Fremont, NE, Albert "Jack" Foster, Portland, OR, Barbara Morlang, Rolla MO, Sharon Brinda, North Platte, NE, Phyllis (Dan) Mayhew Valentine, NE and Robert "Bob" (Gloria) Foster, North Platte, NE; many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends, and ANYONE and EVERYONE she ever met. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Russell A. Peterson, her parents, 6 siblings, 1 great grandchild and a host of other loved ones. She was laid to rest beside her husband on September 15, 2020 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine, NE. Memorials will be donated to local children’s and youth programs. Holmes Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
June 27, 1927 - September 9, 202006/27/192709/09/2020
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Mary Catherine (Foster) Peterson, age 93, of Valentine, NE passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Sandhills Care Center in Ainsworth NE. She was born June 27, 1927 in Milbourne, NE to William and Winifred (Read) Foster, the 3rd of 13 children. The family moved to Sparks where she attended country school. She often rode horseback to school. She attended Valentine Rural High School and graduated in 1945. She then attended Normal Training, taught by Nettie Lovejoy, to become a teacher. S...

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Sep
14
Visitation
Monday, September 14 2020
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Holmes Funeral Home
321 N Wood St
Valentine, NE 69201
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Sep
15
Service
Tuesday, September 15 2020
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
United Methodist Church
804 E 5th St
VALENTINE, NE 69201
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