Marilyn Anderson Peterson, age 83, passed away December 21, 2019 at the Riverway Care Center, in South Jordan, after a battle with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Marilyn was born March 26, 1936 to Axel and Mildred Anderson and grew up in Roosevelt Utah, with her siblings: Lorraine, Barbara and Ronald.
Marilyn married Franklin Dean Peterson on December 13, 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised 4 boys, Michael, Robert, Richard and Marc. While raising 4 boys, she was constantly attending sporting events, going on camping trips and hunting ventures. Marilyn loved having her sons and their families home for visits. We will never forget those homemade chocolate malts and all the many wonderful meals she prepared.
Marilyn was extremely talented at playing the piano. She used her piano talent her entire life to serve others. She taught many piano lessons in her home. She enjoyed playing for the choir, being the ward organist, and accompanying numerous singers in church settings. She used it as her talent when she won the Miss UBIC and Miss Duchesne County competitions. Marilyn also competed in Miss Utah, where she was awarded Miss Congeniality.
Marilyn was always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had the gift of compassion and charity and exemplified these gifts by serving as Relief Society President multiple times. She magnified other callings such as working with the young women and also the primary children.
After her youngest son was in school, Marilyn began working for Uintah Basin Vocational Center (later the technology center) as a receptionist. She was known for her beautiful handwriting and talent in shorthand. Marilyn eventually earned the job of Administrative Secretary and worked in that position for many years. She represented the college well and was loved and respected by each college president, other employees and students. Mother loved her work at the technical college. Even more she loved many of her co-workers including Gerald Cooper who she asked to build her casket. In 2015 the UBATC recognized her with a Champion Award that is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to technical education in the Uintah Basin.
In her spare time Marilyn loved to read, crochet and work needle point. Her family cherishes the many afghans and wall hangings that she made for them.
After retiring, Marilyn and her Eternal companion, Franklin, spent much of their time together at their property near Mosby Mountain, where they cleared sagebrush, planted trees and worked long hours to build a "campground" for their posterity. Their love for the mountains, and a desire to leave a lasting legacy for their family was realized on this piece of land, and will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Marilyn is survived by three sons, Robert (Anne) Peterson, Richard (Chase) Peterson, Marc (Karlene) Peterson; daughter-in-law, Sheri Peterson, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Lorraine Anderton, Barbara Luck, and one brother, Ronald Anderton. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael, and husband, Franklin.
The Peterson family wishes to thank all of Marilyn’s friends and ward members who visited and helped her these last few years. Thank you Riverway Care Center and family for her care during the last 18 months of her life. We miss you mom! We are grateful to have the knowledge that you are with your parents, husband, oldest son, and other family members again. What a glorious reunion that must be!
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Roosevelt East Stake Center at 12:00 Noon. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:30 - 11:40.
Burial in the Roosevelt Memorial Park
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