Ida Marie Peterson

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Memorial services for Ida Marie Peterson, 100, of Spencer, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at First Congregational Church in Spencer. Rev. Thomas Van Tassell will officiate. A luncheon will be held following the service at the church.

Interment was held previously at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Peterson passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Marie Peterson, the daughter of George and Flossie Bell (Faulkner) Franklin, was born September 7, 1909, in Le Mars, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Spencer, where she received her education, graduating from Spencer High School. After graduation, she attended the Thompson School of Beauty in Des Moines.

Marie married Thornton S. Penn on July 20, 1929, in Adel, Iowa. Following their marriage, they lived in Des Moines for 20 years, in Minnesota and later back in Spencer. Following her husband's death in December of 1958, she attended Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis. Following her schooling, she worked in hospitals in Storm Lake and Albion, Neb., as a lab and X-ray technician for seven years. She married Reuben Peterson on June 18, 1965, in St. Edward, Neb., where they made their home on a farm until 1984, when Reuben passed away.

In 1985, she moved back to Spencer, where she continued to make her home. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Spencer. She was also a volunteer at the Senior Center, a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, and was on the Meals on Wheels Board.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Mark; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Lundquist.

Left to cherish her memory are one son, John Franklin Penn and his wife, Joan of Lincoln, Neb.; a daughter-in-law, Jean Penn of Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Lundquist of Spencer; other relatives and friends.