Shirley Peterson

                    December 18, 1946  -  November 20, 2012


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Shirley Peterson, 65, of Salol, MN formerly of Grygla, MN died on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at her daughter’s home in Two Harbors, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Vicki Saude-Worthington officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 6:00 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.

Shirley Ida Nelson was born on December 18, 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Thief River Falls, MN the daughter of Melvin and Minerva Jane (Lamb) Nelson. She was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Middle River, MN on November 12, 1949. Shirley attended school in Middle River and graduated from Middle River High School.

After high school Shirley moved to Grygla and raised her family. She was a dedicated homemaker, mother, and babysitter for the neighborhood.

When she entered the workforce, Shirley worked for Diamonds in Grygla, Marvin Windows in Warroad, and Polaris Industries in Roseau. She moved to Salol, MN and retired after 20 years at Polaris.

Shirley’s large compassionate heart led her to open her home to many dogs and cats who needed rescue over the years. She also welcomed other animals such as ducks, salamanders, hamsters, and even field mice she kept in an aquarium. She loved spending time outdoors tending her flowers, planting trees and hunting for mushrooms, or just reading a book on her deck. Shirley loved to travel with her family and friends. Her favorite destinations included stops to see family in Montana, Arkansas and all points of Minnesota.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla and was active in Ladies Aide. Shirley was also a member of the Grygla/Fourtown Sportsman’s Club.

Survivors include her loving children, Shirlene (James) Nordby of Grygla, MN and their children, Lucas and Justin, Christi Peterson of Herman, MN, Bradley Peterson of Salol, MN and Brenda (Allen) Sondreson of Two Harbors, MN and their children, Devin and Jenna; siblings, Alfred Knutson of Fosston, MN, Norma (Jim) Hutchinson of Thief River Falls, and Maxine (Kiffy) Sumner of Thief River Falls; and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law, Caroline Knutson.




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Born: December 18, 1946

Place of Birth: Thief River Falls, MN

Death: November 20, 2012

Place of Death: Two Harbors, MN


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JOHNSON-GREEN FUNERAL SERVICE