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Alice Peterson

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Sept. 21, 1917-April 21, 2008

Alice M. Peterson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 21, 2008, at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

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Alice was the fourth of 10 children born to Clarence and Hilda (Rakstad) Olson on Sept. 21, 1917, in Vining, Minn. She grew up on the family farm, where commitment to family and friends, faith in God, working hard, playing hard, church, music, the 10 commandments, and The golden rule were considered the facts of life.

Her marriage to Vernon K. Peterson on Dec. 3, 1941, in Fergus Falls, was followed by many years of homemaking and child rearing, with stops in Fergus Falls, Bemidji and Detroit Lakes.

As a member of the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Alice was very involved in bible study, quilting, circle, and Golden Agers.

She most recently resided at St. Mary's Care Center, where she received very loving care from a very loyal staff of caregivers.

Although her priority was always at home, Alice worked many, many jobs in an effort to make ends meet during difficult times and to make a house a home. She lived her lifetime with a passion for others, nurturing everyone that surrounded her, and leaving a very special footprint on the hearts of everyone that knew her.

Alice was quoted at her 80th birthday party, "I don't feel old at 80. Ask me again how I feel when I get to be 90!" Her energy and enthusiasm for life was an inspiration to everyone that knew her.

Alice will be always be remembered as a caring and loving mother by her daughter Mary (Stephen) Andrews of Detroit Lakes; her sons, John Peterson and Duane (Jeanne) Peterson of Bemidji; her seven grandchildren will remember her as the "go go grandma"; and her 16 great grandchildren will remember her as Grandma Pete. She will be remembered as a loving sister by her brothers Richard (Elaine) Olson of Henning and Buddy Olson of Clitheral; and sister LuAnn (Bisty) Bistodeau of Battle Lake. She is also survived by a very caring and special friend, Nora Johnson of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding Alice in death were her parents; husband; brothers, Herbert and Donald; sisters, Corrine, Adeline, Viola and June; daughter, Jean (Richard) Rude; infant daughter Linda, and infant grandson Nicholas Jon.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Folden Lutheran Church Cemetery in Vining, at 2:15 p.m.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.

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