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Obituary: Peterson, Katherine Wilma

Sun., July 14, 2013

Age 103

PETERSON, Katherine Wilma (Age 103) Was born on September 29, 1909 to Arie and Wilhelmina Kyrns in Den Helder, Holland.

She left this life on July 11, 2013.

Katherine moved to the Elk/Camden, WA area with her family in 1912.

She attended grade school in Camden and high school in Elk.

Katherine lived for a time with an aunt and uncle in Kellogg, Idaho and acted as an interpreter for them.

She met Frank Peterson at a dance in Camden and they were married in 1935.

They spent their first summer on a fire lookout in Idaho and later moved to Spokane.

In 1945 they moved to Ford, WA when our dad took a job at the state fish hatchery there.

Frank passed away in 1961 and Katherine, Linda and Larry moved to Spokane.

Katherine went to work for Washington State Employment Services and worked there until she retired in 1978.

Katherine lived on Longfellow for 47 years and drove to the Hillyard Senior Center four or five days a week for many years, until age 99.

She was also active in the American Business Women’s Association and Grandmothers Club, where she made many friends.

Katherine traveled world-wide with friends and family on both cruises and tours.

She was well known for her daily walks until age 99 and was an avid gardener.

She loved to pick huckleberries, play pan, bingo, pinochle and go to the casinos.

Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all received many beautiful hand crocheted items as she spent many a winter evening crocheting.

Katherine is survived by daughters: Doris (Tom) Abrahamson, Spokane, WA, Linda Weatbrook, Sun City, AZ, sons: Darrell Peterson and Larry (Gloria) Peterson both of Spokane, WA, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 35 great-great-grandchildren and four more expected in 2013.

She is also survived by a sister Leanne Beauchamp in Colorado.

Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Peterson, her parents and two brothers, Pete and John.

Katherine lived at Kimberly’s Cottage the past two years and received many hours of tender loving care.

We are very grateful to Kim Erwin and her staff.

We also want to thank Hospice of Spokane, especially Lorrie for their care.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Country Church of the Open Bible, 40015 N. Collins Rd., Elk, WA.

Memorials may be made to the Hillyard Senior Center, 4001 N. Cook, Spokane, WA 99207


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