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Obituary: Cora Betsy Anderson Petersen

Cora Betsy Anderson Petersen 1911 ~ 2005 "One day my time will come to cross the veil. I hope Merrill is the first there to greet me. In some ways our separation has been similar to the days we spent apart when he was serving his mission. We simply missed each other. We so enjoyed being in each other's company. I look forward to that eternal companionship again someday. I can see him now! That dark, curly hair when we were first married. Except he won't be wearing glasses, and he always had such nice eyes. And he'll be strong again. Perhaps he'll pick me up and carry me over the threshold of Heaven!" (from her history, Gardens Among the Beet Fields) Yes, Mother, he was there. And you were his beautiful bride again. Also there to greet her were Betsy, Jerry, Joy, Melanie, Kiersten, Sarah, Jackie, and Jace - children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, all gone on before; her parents, siblings and others. Cora Betsy Anderson Petersen was born November 18, 1911, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and passed away of causes incident to age, September 2, 2005, in Washington Terrace. Born to Cora and Merrill were 10 children: Ronald (Charlene), Denis (Taunya), Marjorie (Val) Fisher, Keith (Pat), Jay (Lois), Betsy - deceased (Jim) Snyder, Roger (Susan), Gerald - deceased (Kathy), Robert (Rozann), Marsha (Gregory) Porter. Also given her are 52 grandchildren (Two deceased), 110 great-grandchildren (Four deceased) (two expected shortly), and seven great-great-grandchildren (three expected shortly). Merrill, her husband, passed away May 29, 1981, three weeks shy of their 50th Anniversary. Always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cora was a supreme mother. She especially enjoyed teaching in the Farr West Ward Relief Society: Theology, Spiritual Living, Genealogical Research (four and a half years). She also served as Relief Society President, worked in the Genealogical Library (nine years), and in Spanish name extraction (eight years). Besides her family -near-and far-Mother loved her home. She loved her friends. She delighted many with her gardens. In fact, she won the prize for Best Flower Garden in Farr West for the year 1998. Her home was always attractive, comfortable, and spotless as was her yard. She loved traveling, visiting with Dad over his old mission field in the Northwest and camping in Yellowstone and the beautiful Parks and Canyons of Utah where she loved to fish; Church History Spots in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. After Dad passed away, the Pyramids of Mexico, China (the Great Wall and communes), Japan, Israel, the Panama Canal and Carribean Islands. She even gloried in a famous hot-air balloon ride when she was 80. The family would like to express special thanks to The Gardens Assisted Living Center, Bonnie Young, IHC Hospice, and the Washington Terrace Health Services for compassionate and splendid service during Mother's declining years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Farr West Ward, 2123 No. 2000 W., with Bishop Steve Barker, officiating. Friends and family may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 North Washington Blvd. and Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery. e-mail condolences to the family at