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Helen Marie Gross Peterson age 87, of Duchesne, passed away Friday, January 28, 2022, at the Uintah Basin Medical Center.
She was born July 3, 1934, in Vernal, UT to John Gross and Blanch Scott. She married Vernon J Peterson on August 21, 1959, in Duchesne, and they were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 21, 1995. He died November 24, 2017.
Helen was the matriarch of her family. She watched 4 generations grow under her care and found pure joy in all of her grandchildren. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan; her dream came true when she got to see them play in ‘16, and again watched them win the World Series a few months later. She served her community through her church, found passion in reading, played softball for many years when she was young, and then bowled most of her adult life. She had a vast knowledge of the Golden Age in Country & Western music, oftentimes educating the local radio station DJ when she would call in. Her greatest loves were baseball and music, but nothing mattered to her more than taking care of family.
Helen is survived by her sister, Doris Stocks of Layton Utah; children, TroyLynn (Micki) Heckman, Harrison, Tennessee; Jerry G. Peterson (Rebecca Milton), Lindon; Michelle (Michael) Hirst, Duchesne; 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; her infant daughter, Karen Peterson; a granddaughter, Heather Lynn Peterson; siblings: Bernice Ainge, Harold Cook, Jean Richens, George Gross, Eva Hullinger, Leah Mitchell-Rust, Earl Gross, and RayDean Gross.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Duchesne Stake Center. Viewings will be held at the church on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Strawberry Cemetery.
The family is asking for living plants, rather than flowers be sent. Helen always felt sad that she had to watch the flowers die, but plants can live forever if you take care of them.
Donations to help with funeral costs will also be accepted, call the Hullinger Mortuary at 722-2426. Condolences may be shared at www.hullingermortuary.com
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