Ruth Peterson, 78 of Taylor, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were Feb. 28 at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent with the Rev. Jerry White officiating. Burial was in the Taylor Cemetery.
Ruth P. (Jordan) Peterson was born April 13, 1932, to August and Elsie Jordan in Redwood County, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta, Minn.
She graduated from Wabasso High School in Wabasso, Minn., and then did a two-year stint of farming and milking cows during the Korean War. In 1953, she started her career with a law firm in Marshall, Minn., for 12 years.
After the death of her father, Ruth joined the federal government and started at the VA Hospital in Ft. Snelling, Minn., and later worked at the Air Force Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
She later transferred to the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colo. As an upgrade she joined CHAMPUS which was located in Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Aurora, Colo.
June 17, 1970, she married Merle Peterson at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Brookings, S.D. After their marriage the couple moved to Wray, Colo. To this union Lynn, Amy and Jay were born.
They owned a cafe and it took most of her time to keep the business in motion. Amy and Jay got a taste of cafe work and enjoyed all the cherry and chocolate pie with their many friends.
In 1985, the family moved to Burwell (with the cows) and in 1988, they moved to the canyon south of Taylor.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Merle of Taylor; son, Jay and wife Peggy of Stapleton; step-daughter, Lana (Terry) Brown and step-son, Laning Peterson, both of Eads, Colo.; grandsons, Wyatt and Bailey Stapleman of Fairfield; sister-in-law, Carole Jordan of Vesta, Minn.; sister, Bonnie (Robert) MacLeod of Aurora, Colo.; long-time friends, Barb and Norm Paulson of Maple Grove, Minn., and Sandy Ribordy of Rapid City, S.D. She is also survived by her loveable dog, Scooter.
Ruth loved her flowers, yard and all the birds she could get to the feeders.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Lynn; daughter, Amy; and a brother, Raymond.