Grace V. Peterson

ELLENTON, FLA. AND RAYMOND — Grace V. Parker Peterson, 88, of Ellenton, Fla., and Raymond, passed away on May 13, 2012, following a long illness.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1924, in Macon, Ga., the second of five children, to James Daniel and Iris Rosa Thomas Parker.

She is survived by sons, David A. Peterson III of Springville, Utah, and Dr. Paul P. Peterson of Pocatello, Idaho; daughters, Pamela R. Gray of Raymond, and Karen A. Lewis of Whitsett, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a brother, James Daniel Parker Jr. of Provo, Utah. Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, David A. Peterson Jr.; and her sisters, Doris Wendelboe, Vera Jones and Edna Jean Woodhousel.

Grace graduated from A. L. Miller High School for girls in Macon, Ga., and received a scholarship to Wesleyan College for Women in Macon.

With the events of WWII, she met David A. Peterson Jr., who was a Staff Sergeant at Camp Wheeler near Macon and they were married on Sept. 13, 1942. She followed him from base to base, until his deployment to England preparing for D-Day.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all of her life, serving in various leadership and teaching roles. Grace enjoyed all of the arts and was found, in later years, singing, dancing and performing in various productions at Tidevue Estates where she resided.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, June 1, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Rd., Windham. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 755 River Rd., Windham. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. Online condolences may be made to

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