M. Audrey Peterson, 92

NAPLES — M. Audrey Peterson, 92, passed peacefully at Maine Medical Center on Dec. 29, 2013.

She was born M. Audrey Casey on April 27, 1921 in Portland.

Audrey attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School. Upon graduation, she attended Portland Business School.

Audrey married Edmund R. Peterson on Sept. 3, 1941.

Audrey began working at the Maine Turnpike as a machine operator in 1947. She was the first person to run the IBM machine. She received the Joseph T. Sayward Award (Maine Turnpike’s highest recognition) for her hard work and dedication. Audrey was the only person ever named “Employee of the Year” by the Maine Turnpike Authority. She retired after 30 years of service in 1979.

Upon retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson moved to Leesburg, Fla., where they enjoyed golfing and many Burger King lunches with friends.

Edmund and Audrey spent many happy summers at their camp on Brandy Pond in Naples.

In later years, Audrey loved cooking for her family. She had daily visits from her youngest grandchildren looking for warm molasses cookies and homemade bread.

Audrey took great pleasure in her cats of which she took wonderful care.

Audrey was predeceased by her beloved mother; her loving husband; her son, Edmund R. Peterson Jr.; her brother, Lawrence Casey; and her sister, Thelma Oakes.

She is survived by brothers, Donald Casey of Washington, D.C., and Kenneth Casey of Cumberland; sons, Bruce Peterson of Portland, Leslie Peterson of Naples, and Everett Peterson of Naples.

Audrey will be deeply and sadly missed by her brothers, her sons and daughters-in-law, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco.

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