Wilma Peterson

Celebrating the life of Wilma Peterson

December 30, 1913 - September 10, 2012


Wilma V. Peterson

Born Dec. 30, 1913 in Ponca, NE to Ellis and Pearl Andrews. Passed away gloriously on September 10, 2012  in Olympia, WA after a brief bout with cancer. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend of many, she was an eleven-year resident of The Colonial Inn in Olympia. No one there remained a stranger for long. Family trips and gatherings were at the top of her priority list. Other favorite activities included welcoming new residents as they arrived, organizing and participating in parties, bridge games, worship services and maintaining the plants and flower gardens of the Inn.

Raised on a Nebraska farm, she met and married Arthur Peterson in 1935. Together they set out on an adventurous life as Art’s professional career took him to many places in the U.S. and around the world. In 1943 they moved to Pullman and after his retirement from WSU in 1974 and a two-year assignment in Iran, to Vista Village in Lacey. As a result of their influence, many lives were touched and blessed, which Wilma continued after Art’s death in 1995. She also was not shy about sharing her conservative political views and was a long-time volunteer at The Freedom Foundation in Olympia. She was a 36-year member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by three younger brothers: Wilson, Merle and Elden (Andy) and a sister who died in infancy. She is survived by sons Paul (Bonny) of Spokane Valley, Allen (Leslie) of Bonney Lake, Wayne of Bellevue and daughters Arlene Arnold of LaCenter and Hannia Fonseca of Carmen, Costa Rica, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and her three sisters-in-law. Wilma was a devout follower of Jesus and looked forward to being with him and her many loved ones in His heavenly kingdom.

Donations in Wilma’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society online at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/WilmaPeterson or by mail to the American Cancer Society c/o Arlene Arnold, PO Box 232, LaCenter, WA 98629; Reality Sports Foundation, PO Box 2192, Sumner, WA 98390 (www.realitysports.org); or The Freedom Foundation, PO Box 552, Olympia, WA 98507 www.myfreedomfoundation.org.


Wilma’s Daily Prayer


You are ushering in another day

untouched and freshly new,

so here I come to ask You God

if You’ll renew me too?


Forgive the many errors, that

I made yesterday, and let me try

again dear God,

to walk closer in Thy way.


But Father, I am well aware

I can’t make it on my own.

So take my hand and hold it tight

for I can’t walk alone.


Memorial Service in Loving Memory of

Wilma Peterson

September 16, 2012  2:00 pm


Welcome                                                                                                        Pastor Jim Saxman

Opening Prayer                                                                                  Brian Peterson - Grandson

Poem                                 The Flower of Colonial Inn          Debbie Helmold - Granddaughter

Song                                   “Standing on the Promises”                                               See Insert

Scripture                                        Psalms 121                                       Pat M. Clelland - Friend

Comments                                                                                                      Pastor Jim Saxman

Remembrances                                                                                             Allen Peterson - Son

                                                                                              Hannia Forseea - Adopted Daughter   

                                                                               Read by: Bradly Andrew Peterson - Grandson

                                                                                                                    Wayne Peterson - Son

                                                                                                                 Arlene Arnold - Daughter

                                                                                                                         Paul Peterson - Son

Solo                                              “He Touched Me”                           Bob Scheuerman - Friend

                                                                              Accompanied by Joyce Scheuerman - Friend

Scripture                                  John 3:16-18; John 14:1-6                     Pastor Melissa Ramming

                                             I Corinthians 15:42-44; 54-58

Open Microphone                                                                              

Solo                                              “Amazing Grace”        Karli Peterson - Great Granddaughter

Closing Prayer                                                                                     Mike Peterson - Grandson 

Final Comments                                                                                             Pastor Jim Saxman


Woodlawn Funeral Home

5930 Mullen Rd. SE, Lacey, WA

Reception to Follow:

The Colonial Inn

3730 - 14th Ave E., Olympia, WA


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