ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Obituary - Ruth Peterson, 97

Ruth Jeanette (Lee) Peterson, 97, passed away peacefully December 17, 2007. Ruth was born April 10, 1910 in Eveleth. She became the adopted daughter of Justus and Mary Ann (Townsend) Anderson. She attended District 47 School and Alexandria High S...

Ruth Jeanette (Lee) Peterson, 97, passed away peacefully December 17, 2007.

Ruth was born April 10, 1910 in Eveleth. She became the adopted daughter of Justus and Mary Ann (Townsend) Anderson. She attended District 47 School and Alexandria High School. She married Herbert Lee of Alexandria in 1929 and moved to Osakis in 1930 where she resided until after Herbert's death.

She worked at St. Luke's Hospital and Bellanca Aircraft in Alexandria. Ruth moved to Seattle, Washington in 1968 to be near her children. She worked for Malyon Construction Co., where she met and married James Malyon. They lived in Orting, WA until James' passing. Later she married Helmer Peterson and they resided in Spokane, WA until Helmer's death. In 1989 she moved to Chehalis, WA, to live with her son, Richard, until his passing in 1999. Then she moved to the home of Margaret, her daughter, and Marvin Thompson of Kenmore, WA, until 2001. She moved to North Creek Rehab and Care Center in Bothell, WA, where she resided until December 2007 and was then transferred to the Tacoma Lutheran Home in Tacoma, WA, until her passing.

Ruth will be remembered by family and friends, as a caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Alexandria. She loved God, people, music, flowers and gardening. She liked cooking, canning, traveling and entertaining friends and family. She also sang solos in her church and for many other special occasions. She was very generous to her family and friends and lived life to the fullest. She will be missed by those who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret and Marvin Thompson of Tacoma, WA; son, Robert and Joyce Lee of Toledo, WA; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

ADVERTISEMENT

She was preceded in death by her parents, Justus and Mary Ann Anderson; four sons, James Lee, LeRoy Lee, Gerald Lee and Richard Lee; and three husbands, Herbert Lee, James Malyon and Helmer Peterson.

A funeral service was held January 5, 2008 at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria with the Reverend James Resa officiating. Gloria Lee was the organist and Teri Jo Lientz played a piano solo. Wayne Lee was the soloist and Mr. and Mrs. Atwater sang a duet. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria. Casket bearers were Ray Englund, Merrill Atwater, Dan Lee, Chuck Lee, Marley Johnson and Wayne Lee.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net .

A00009B2008JA09

What To Read Next
Fundraising is underway to move the giant ball of twine from the Highland, Wisconsin, home of creator James Frank Kotera, who died last month at age 75, 44 years after starting the big ball.
Studies estimate at least 60 million people turned to food banks, food pantries, and other private food assistance programs in 2020.
Parents of children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 may access an online portal to complete the necessary forms and scan documents such as child’s birth certificate and preschool screening.
The economic contribution report for Alexandria Technical & Community College is available at alextech.edu/impact.