(Muzatko) (Age 62)
Our beloved wife, mother, sister and nana passed away peacefully before sunrise on Monday June 11th, 2012 at the Hospice House of Spokane.
She fought a long and courageous battle with cancer for nearly four years.
Born on May 20, 1950 to the late Martha and Alexander Muzatko, she was one of 10 children, Don (Kit), Jack (Lillian), Marianne (Jake), Edward (Darlene), Alice (Dennis), James (Melanie), Suzanne (Frank), Deborah (Dan), Chuck (Barbara) in a family full of love and boisterous gatherings.
She had many wonderful memories with them from family reunions on the Oregon Coast, Fourth of July’s on Loon Lake, fun filled Christmas celebrations and crazy adventures with her sisters.
A 1968 graduate of Marycliff, she went on to get her Nursing Degree from Washington State University where she was a member of the rally squad.
For 35 years, she was a devoted pediatric nurse at Rockwood as well as a childbirth educator for the Northside Women’s Clinic.
Later in her career, she helped establish the regional Pediatric After Hours call center through Sacred Heart Medical Center.
She was also involved in the creation of spaces of comfort and fun for children at the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.
Her love of children and her devotion to her calling energized her to continue working through the rigorous cancer treatments of the past few years.
Her strength to do this still amazes us, as she quietly fought her battle.
In addition to her nursing career, she and her husband Jim also owned and operated Silver City Lumber in Montana and Silver City Timber in Washington.
On July 10th, 1971, she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Peterson.
She was immensely proud of her three children, Corey (Mary), Rebecca (Brian), and Nick.
She was also the cherished Nana to Harley, Connor, Max, Eleanor and Harper.
She had a gift for creating magic in their lives and will not be forgotten and will be desperately missed.
Although she left us far too soon, we find comfort in the love of family she left behind.
She was also a part of a wonderful group of friends known far and wide as the Ram and Ewes.
Through 30 years of friendship they have traveled together, laughed together and supported each other.
This was especially true in the last few years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 16th at 11:00 A.M. at S. Joseph Parish in Colbert, WA 3720 E. Colbert Road, where she was a parishioner for 38 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions Gate (transitionsgate.org), an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged women and children in Romania.
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