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Obituary: Edith Christensen Petersen

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Edith Christensen Petersen, age 83, died peacefully January 15, 2002, after a brief illness.

Edith was born July 11, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the oldest daughter of James A. and Sarah Fletcher Christensen. She married Christian O'Dell Petersen on April 11, 1939. O'Dell recently preceded her in death on October 3, 2001. Pete and Pinky, as many family members and friends know them, have been reunited again.

Edith's life was centered on her family - both her immediate family and her extended family. She was a dedicated wife, mother, sister, and daughter. She worked with her husband in his West Side shoe repair business for over 40 years. Pete and Edith shared a love for the mountains through their life-long association with the Wasatch Mountain Club. The shoe shop was adjacent to her father's business- the Arcade Theater which had opened on her 13th birthday. Edith's family grew not only at home, but also in the shoe shop and theater they found just next door. Mom was always there for family both near and far. Edith loved people and took a special interest in what was happening in their lives. With a warm smile and dedication, she tied her family and friends together with expressions of love and service. Those expressions came as she provided care, communicated news by phone and letter, pursued family research, and gave gifts from the heart. Her lengthy phone and address lists were complimented by volumes of genealogical research, gardens from which she shared both bloom and root, and countless pieced-and-stitched quilts and other handwork she made to give away in love.

Edith was a hard worker and exemplified productivity, courage and determination. Nothing kept her down for long. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous ward and stake callings in the Primary, Relief Society, and Mutual programs. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society for many years and served as both a camp and state officer of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Edith is survived by her children, Ronald O'Dell (Leslie) of Parma, OH, Thyce Owen (Harriet) of Chandler, AZ, and Linda (Ray) Connors of Bountiful, UT; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Beth Coulon and Merle Reid, and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Janet Christensen, and brothers, James and Calvin, Calvin's wife, Annette, and her sisters' husbands, James Coulon and Wayne Reid.

Services will be held Sat., Jan. 19, 2002, at 12 noon, at the Salt Lake 25th Ward, 1145 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City. Friends and family may call Friday evening, Jan. 18, at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple from 6-8 p.m., and at the church one hour before the services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the American Cancer Society, 941 E. 3300 South, 84106.