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Mary Fuller “Jackie” Peterson

September 23, 2014

Mary Fuller (Jackie) Peterson of St. Marys, Kansas, peacefully passed away the way she lived her life, never bothering anyone, at age 97 on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the St. Marys Hospital. Jackie was born August 25, 1917, in Louisburg, North Carolina, the oldest child of Fisher Jones and Armarilla Priscilla (Fuller) Beasley.
After graduating in 1938 from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now University of North Carolina at Greensboro) with a BS Degree in Secretarial Administration, Jackie worked for several years at Calvert Distillery in Baltimore, Maryland. On February 14, 1942, she married Bernard Francis Peterson. They resided in Baltimore for seven years before moving to a farm on the Vermillion River northwest of Belvue in 1949 to raise their large family. Jackie adapted to rural farm life where she and Bernard raised ten children. In 1991, Bernard and Jackie moved off the farm and resided in St. Marys.
Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband in 2011, her brother Fisher Jones Beasley, Jr. in 2007, her sister Rebecca Ann Simpson in 2009 and her granddaughter, Jill Peterson in 2013. Jackie is survived by her brother Robert Festus Beasley, Baltimore, Maryland, her sister Doris Josephine Ross, Black Mountain, North Carolina, and her ten children: Robert (Margaret) Peterson, Wamego; David (Mary Jean) Peterson, Wamego; John (Roxie) Peterson, Wamego; Michael (Linda) Peterson, Surprise, Arizona; Steven (Mary) Peterson, West Linn, Oregon, Dennis (Patricia) Peterson, Wamego; Anne (Kirk) Bradford, Marysville; Thomas Peterson, Emmett; Katherine (Max Alan) Hale, Salina; and Jean (Kevin) Gualtieri, Clayton, California. In addition, she has 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Peterson will lie in state after 4:00 P.M.  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys where there will be a Prayer Service/Rosary recited at 5:00 P.M.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 29, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Marys. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.



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14 thoughts on “Mary Fuller “Jackie” Peterson

  1. Dear Peterson Family,
    Jackie was one of the most beautiful people inside and out! I so enjoyed knowing both her and Bernard back in all of our St Marys years.
    It was very interesting to me reading her obit and learning things about her that I didn’t know. You were all so very blessed with this wonderful woman as your Mother etc. This world definitely needs more just like her.
    Sue Bayer (Max)
    Manhattan, Kansas

  2. Thoughts and prayers to the family. I have fond childhood memories of overnights at the farm with Jean. Your parents were kind and loving people that always made me feel welcome.

  3. Mary Jean and David I grew up around your mom and dad and was always greeted so kindly by them both. Your parents were a tribute to the marriage vows God bless you all. Katie and Dick Remacle of Cottonwood Idaho I was a Pauly before I married

  4. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She and Bernard were a pleasant part of our lives. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Such a wonderful person. Dan & Linda perry

  5. So sorry to hear of your mothers’ passing. Our prayers are with your family through this sad time.

    Randy and Marty Hoerman

  6. We will never forget the Peterson and our thoughts and prayers go out to their family. We lived behind them in St Marys and enjoyed the many moments we had with them. Be it fixing the computer to Peter riding on the mower with Mr. Peterson. Your parents made impacts to families everywhere and our family is better off knowing the Petersons.

    God Bless you all
    Eric, Tammi and family

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember when dad and I would be on the farm, Jackie and Bernard always with a smile on their face and happy. They are proud of your accomplishments and are looking down on all of you from their cloud, together again.

  8. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Mothers are so special, treasure the beautiful gift of love she has given each of you as you reflect on precious memories.

  9. Dear Petersons,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Jack’s passing. I remember how fondly my Mother spoke of her sister Jack, and meeting your parents for the first time as a child. We drove out to Kansas when I was 12 years old(1972), all 9 of us Simpsons. Most head of households would crack under that kind of visit, but not Aunt Jack, she put us all to work and we had a grand visit. I also remember Uncle Pete being the biggest man I had ever seen!
    My Dad, Tom is turning 97 in October and I think we all have been blessed with the longevity gene! Think of all the things our parents have seen in their lifetimes! From the first telephone to Smart phones, from biplanes to stealth bombers, they also contributed to the war efforts in WW2 and raised large families afterwards. Truly, they were part of the greatest generation.
    God bless all of you and know that you are all in my prayers.

    Bob Simpson, Concord, NC

  10. Peterson flamily
    I’m so sorry to hear of Jackies passing I have fond memories of her growing up and living in the neighborhood. She was always so inviting and kind. There were many times when I was young I would be shooting baskets and she would be going on her walk she would alway stop and ask how I was doing. She was such a sweet lady.my prayers are with you all.

  11. Dear Peterson families, I’m so sorry to read of your loved ones death! You are all in my thoughts & prayers during this time! Since we just lived down the road & around the corners from their farm, I know how sweet & tenderhearted Jackie was! Such a geniune kind & honest soul! She & Bernard are together again in heaven!
    God bless all of you!
    With sympathy, Ruth

  12. We were saddened to hear of Jackie passing away. She would always give you a smile and wave as she took her short daily walks. The neighborhood will not be the same without her. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mick & Jennifer Perry & family

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