Marlene F. Peterson, 85 of Ladysmith, passed away at Care & Rehab-Ladysmith on Friday, January 11, 2019. She was born on April 24, 1933. She was the beloved wife, best friend and soul mate of Leland J. “Lee” Peterson, Jr. for 66 years.
She is survived by four daughters: Susan (Richard) Waller of Augusta, Cindy of DePere, Shelly (Jerome) of Modesto, Christine (Stephen) Peterson-Watts of Franklin, grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of 9. She is further survived by her brother Arnold (Yvonne) Root, Jr. of Ladysmith.
Marlene was a graduate of Ladysmith High School in 1951 and married Lee in 1952 while he was serving in the Air Force. Throughout their marriage, they moved nineteen times to eight different states and built four houses.
She was passionate about volunteer work, both at her church and both local nursing homes. She achieved over 10,000 hours of volunteer service over a span of more than 25 years.
Marlene loved sewing, knitting, needlepoint, baking, gardening and watching wildlife, but her greatest joy was her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents E. Arnold Root, Sr. and Margaret Moss Root.
The family would like to thank the loving staff at Care & Rehab-Ladysmith as well as Deacon Doug Sorenson for the care provided. “You are the best!”
A memorial celebration of her life will be held at JS Supper Club at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 with Deacon Doug Sorenson officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith where a Scripture Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be at a later date.
In line with her life of service to others, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in her memory.