Betty J. Peterson, age 89, was born in Durango, Colorado, on Feb. 19, 1928, and entered eternal life on Aug. 31, 2017, at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Coalinga, where she lived the past two years due to health problems. She was the first child of Albert and Jesse Schoonover. The family moved to California with baby brother, Albert Jr., her first birthday present, about two years later. They made their home in Patterson for about 11 years, then moved to Tuolumne. She married John L. Peterson in 1946, and lived in Tuolumne until her illness, except for the two years her husband served in the U.S. Army in Tacoma, Washington, during World War II.
Betty attended Arastraville School and Summerville High School. She devoted her life to God and her family. She was a member of the Tuolumne Community Assembly of God church, where she volunteered numerous hours, was a Sunday school teacher and served on the board for many years. She was a stay-at-home mom, where she cared for her three children, Charles (for whom she cared for almost 69 years due to his disability), Charlotte and Diane. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, camping, fishing and traveling.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband, John Peterson; sister, Virginia Dahl Conn; brother, Albert ‘Red’ Schoonover; and parents.
She is survived by her three children, Charles Peterson, Charlotte Evans and her husband, Tim Evans, of Coalinga, Diane Peters and her husband, Ron Peters, of Coeur ‘d Alene, Idaho; two granddaughters, Kimberly Chaney and her husband, Chris, of Coalinga, and Melanie Colvin, of Aspen, Colorado; two great-grandsons, Josh Johansson, of Aspen, and Caleb Johansson, of Coalinga; her sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Bernard Plants, of Chico; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Her greatest love, other than God, was her family. Betty was always looking forward to family get-togethers at Christmas, birthdays, holidays and any other occasion she could come up with. She loved everyone and one of the greatest lessons she taught her daughters was to treat others the way you want to be treated. She would always go out of her way to greet friends and acquaintances when out and about. She will be greatly missed!
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Carter’s Cemetery in Tuolumne.