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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
Fax: (575) 526-7944
Lois Peterson

Lois Ardith Peterson

August 16, 1930 - March 22, 2019
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Late in the evening of March 22nd, under the glow of a full New Mexico moon, our dear Lois took her last breath. And with that, we lost the heart and soul of our family…our wife, mother, sister, confidante, and friend. Lois Ardith Peterson, 88 years old, leaves behind her devoted husband of 61 years, Don Peterson; her four children: Keith Peterson, Ardith Peterson, Christine Peterson (and son-in-law Randey Bamford), and Brian Peterson; her precious grandchildren: Brandon and Jocelyn Cruz; her sister and best friend, Carol Benson of Palatine, Illinois; and a number of nephews and nieces. Lois now lives forever in peace accompanied by her parents, Arthur and Viola Schulz; sister Phyllis; and brothers Ralph (Bud), Eugene, Howard, and Milton.

Though our hearts are broken at losing her, we can’t help but marvel at Lois, at who she was and what she accomplished. Lois devoted her life to her husband and her family, sacrificing much to provide for her four strong children. She learned to cook and sew at an early age and was a natural-born caregiver. Lois was also a teacher, having graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953. She taught elementary school in Illinois, California, and finally in her home of 61 years, Las Cruces. Lois was an avid reader, an opera buff, and fervent classical music fan who knew all the works of Mozart. She excelled at crossword puzzles, playing Jeopardy, and most of all, spoiling her grandchildren. Lois was kind and warm but quick to anger if anyone mocked her beloved Chicago Cubs.

Lois lived a life full of accomplishment, influencing many along the way. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and Ladies Auxiliary Guild. She was also a member and officer of the local chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a retired teacher’s sorority, as well as a member and supporter of the Las Cruces Symphony Guild. She volunteered for the March of Dimes, sewed clothing for African orphanages, led fundraising for Albuquerque’s Indian School, and even found time to teach Sunday School. In short, Lois’ life was about giving and caring about others.

Lois’ family wishes to express their gratitude to the those caregivers who helped ease Lois’ days: Sonia Valeriano and Cecelia Morales; the staff at L & M Christian Homecare; the caregivers at Haciendas at Grace Village, in particular Rasheda, Corinne, Memory, Amy, Lloyd, and Patrick; and the staff at Mesilla Valley Hospice, especially Tina and Prisma. Also, the family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Fay LaFon.

The grateful family of Lois Peterson asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer’s research at the Alzheimer’s Organization, www.alz.org.

For those who would like to say a final “Goodbye” to Lois, there will be a service in the chapel at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Las Cruces on Thursday, March 28 at 8:30 a.m.

If you would like to leave a message for Lois’ family, an online condolence book has been provided by Getz Funeral Home, www.getzfuneralhome.com.
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  • Interment

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:30am
    When
    Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:30am
    Location
    Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
    Address
    5140 W. Picacho Ave.
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
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The Peterson Family
Lewanna and I send condolences to the Peterson family.
Lewanna has Dementia based on tests given by Dr. Aguillar,
Since Lewanna can't help me say the right words, I will do the
best I can. We became friends with Lois and Don mainly
because Lewanna taught all the kids : Keith, Ardith, Christine, and Brian
at Loma Heights Elementary School ( First Grade ). In fact after she
taught Keith, Lois would go to Don Campbell and insist her next
child in line be taught by Lewanna. According to Lewanna, they were
very smart and very polite kids. With Lois's background in teaching,
she must have felt that Lewanna was the best teacher for her kids.,
Later on, when the kids all grew up Lois would watch our house
when we went camping and made trips to Vegas. We would in turn
watch their house went she and Don went to Ruidoso for her
birthday. Lois would come to our house many times to discuss what
the kids were doing and tell us about the grandchildren. She was a
special person and loved life. I would see Don unload his Golf bags
three days a week knowing that Lois would have lunch ready for him.
I want to thank Christine for bringing Lois down to our house to visit
at times, and also for helping me with some ideas in coping with
Lewanna's dementia. As the Obituary said, the Peterson family
lost the heart and soul of their family. Our prayers are with
everyone in the family.
Tom Pippen
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