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Obituary: PETERSEN, MARIAN

Marian F. Petersen July 5, 1926 ~ April 19, 2013A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marian Petersen died on April 19, 2013 while wintering in Sedona, Arizona, a place she dearly loved for the past 14 years. She always looked forward to the drive to Sedona, often with her close friend, Melinda Murphy, her beloved poodle, Kipper and little Boston Kelli. Born on July 5, 1926, she was the daughter of Mark E. Petersen and Emma Marr McDonald. A graduate of the University of Utah, she also received advanced degrees from San Francisco State College and Masters Degree and PhD in music therapy from the University of Utah. Upon graduation she spent the following years as a Professor at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music, teaching courses in music education and composition. After teaching for 26 years, she retired as a full professor in September 1992.Along with many honorary awards, she was a member of the Conservatory Faculty Executive Committee and was Chair of the UMKC Senate. Always available to her students, she was still greeted by many of the graduate students years after she had retired. She will long be remembered for her remarkable talent for coming up with her favorite puns, many which brought forth groans and laughter from her students.Her major interests were music, tennis and dog obedience trials with her Standard Poodles. She organized and sang with barbershop groups, canoed several lakes in Canada, was an excellent sailor and enjoyed traveling. She was a champion of senior citizens and while still in school ran a food program for them in Salt Lake City as well as providing entertainment. After retiring, she joined the National Senior Women's Tennis Association for which she was Membership Director for many years. She played competitive tennis in her age groups and won a silver ball with doubles partner, Nancy Stout at the 2003 National Women's 75 Hard Court tournament. They were ranked #5 nationally in 2005. She was still playing competitive tennis in the 80's divisions.Marian was a tireless volunteer for the Missouri Valley tennis section, playing on teams and doing the work behind the scenes. She was a big part of league tennis in the Kansas City area for years, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Hall of Fame as well as being named greater Kansas City Sportswoman of the Year. She will be missed by her many tennis buddies and is survived by her closest friend, Pat Van Derck and pals Terry Miller and Pat Greer. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Barton. At Marian's request, cremation will follow but no memorials have been established and any donation would be appreciated by the Humane Society of Sedona, Arizona or a charity of your choice.Arr: Royer Funeral Home 101 SE 15th St. Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-4441