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Sylvia Peterson

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 9:57 a.m. CST

BOISE, Idaho — Sylvia Verna (Nelson) Peterson, 102, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

Sylvia was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Missouri to Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Nelson. She was the youngest of nine children. She was raised on a farm and she often told stories to her grandchildren of her and her sister riding their horse to school.

She met and soon married Elmer Herman Peterson. They had two sons, James “Jim” and Richard “Snuff.” They lived on a dairy farm outside of Princeton. They eventually sold the farm and moved into a home near the elementary school in Princeton. Sylvia worked at Landahl’s Dress Shop for many years, while Elmer worked as a carpenter and also owned and operated "The Spoon." Their granddaughters, Amber and Angela, would walk to their house after school and Grandma P would help with scrap booking, reading and cookies.

In 1976 they moved to Boise, Idaho, where their son Jim and his family had moved the prior year. She worked at Brookover’s Dress Shop in Boise for several years. Sylvia and Elmer spent a lot of summers camping and fishing with Jim, his wife Diana, and their three children Amber, Angela and Aaron. Sylvia’s son Richard and his wife, Mary Black-Peterson, often visited Idaho.

As her grandchildren grew up, married and had children of their own, Sylvia loved to spend time with her great-grandchildren. As again she lived very near the elementary school that her great-grandchildren attended. Grandma P, which she proudly named herself, was loved and cherished by all that surrounded her. She has made many treasured memories with her cooking on special occasions, and most of all her Swedish meatballs and Lutefisk at Christmas.

Sylvia’s sisters, Florence, Ester and Gladys, all lived into their early 100’s. Sylvia was 102 when she began her final journey to be with her husband Elmer, son Richard, and her family in Heaven on Christmas day 2013.

Sylvia will be missed by her daughter-in-law Mary, son Jim and his wife Diana, grandchildren Amber, Angela and Aaron, and eight great-grandchildren.

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