Ruth Hannah Nelson was born on April 19, 1932 to Wilford Nelson and Margaret Jewett in Preston, Idaho. She was raised on the family farm in Mink Creek, Idaho and attended school in Mink Creek. She married Kenneth Roscoe Dickenson on Dec. 23, 1950. He was tragically killed in a single truck accident on August 15, 1951. Her father met Verl Peterson, a young mechanic in Preston, Idaho, who was also a widower and introduced the two. Verl had two sons, Donald Bruce and Michael Verl. On Nov. 26, 1952, Ruth married Verl in her parent’s home in Mink Creek. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on May 1, 1961. Verl and Ruth had two children, Gwen Peterson and David J Peterson.
Ruth was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings in the church throughout her life, including in the Primary, Relief Society and Sunday School. In 1988, Ruth and Verl served as full-time missionaries in the Chicago Temple. After one year of service in Chicago, the temple was closed for remodeling and they were transferred and served in the Denver, Colorado Temple. They were proud to say they had served a mission. They enjoyed traveling and ventured in their motor home from coast-to-cost, often traveling to visit their children and grandchildren who they dearly loved.
On Aug. 30, 2018, Ruth returned to her loving Heavenly Father and to dearly loved family members and friends who had passed before. She will be remembered by all for her sincerity, quick wit and most of all her overwhelming dedication to her family and her faith.
Ruth was proceeded in death by both husbands, her step-son Bruce, her parents, her three brothers, Elzo, Quenton and Kyle Nelson and two sisters, Ruby Darlington and Wanda Webster. She is survived by her children: Gwen (Tony) Dunn of Vancouver, WA and David (Bonnie) Peterson of Kaysville; step-daughter-in-law Georgina Peterson, Lexington, KY and step-son Michael (Laurie) Peterson of Boise, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister Grace Bronson and brother Vernon (Loretta) Nelson.
We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the staff at Heritage Place Senior Living and Memory Care Unit for their loving care of our mom in her final years; also, a heartfelt thank-you to Encompass Home Health & Hospice for their gentle, loving care in the final months of her life.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Bountiful City Cemetery 2224 S. 200 West, Bountiful. Friends may visit family Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 East prior to graveside services.
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