Leola L. Peterson
Funeral services for Leola L. Peterson, 92, of Lower Brule, SD will be 10:00 am on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Reliance United Methodist Church in Reliance. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Reliance United Methodist Church.
Leola L. Peterson passed away on June 2, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at her home north of Lower Brule.
Leola Lorraine Schaefer Peterson was born in rural Lyman County to Leroy and Ethel (Werner) Schaefer on November 16, 1927. She attended grade school at Iron Nation and graduated from Reliance High School in 1946. She always claimed to have rode horseback to school and she probably did.
She met Lyle Peterson at a high school carnival in Reliance. After writing letters to each other for two years while he was in the military, they were married July 3, 1946 at Reliance, SD.
They rented a farm east of Reliance and bought their own place five miles north of Lower Brule, SD in 1952 where they have lived until now. They were proud parents of nine children Cheryl, Jeanne, Shirley, Carlton, Marcia, Karen, Becky, Peggy, and Royal.
Leola was involved with many community clubs and organizations such as the American Legion Auxiliary Post 179, Sioux Valley Extension Club, Lyman County Historical Society and the United Methodist Women's group. She was a 4H Leader as well as a substitute teacher and served on the Election Board for many years. She was active in genealogy research and helped with several Lyman County History books.
Leola made quilted baby blankets for all of her great grandkids until her fingers and eyes no longer made it possible. She was an avid photo buff and filled many family albums with her photos which have preserved a lot of family memories. She wrote a weekly letter to all of the kids and family starting in 1972 and continued with weekly emails in later years until 2017. She baked and decorated wedding and birthday cakes for many years until she had Marcia take over for her. Many of her granddaughters also decorate cakes and cookies after watching and learning her skills that she shared with them.
She taught all of us how to sew, cook, can vegetables and meat, milk cows, gardening, leathercraft, raise chickens, hoarding, and her love of reading.
Leola is survived by her children Cheryl (Pat) Quick, Shirley (Roger) Horton, Carlton (Margot) Peterson, Marcia Peterson, Karen (Richard) Quick, Becky (Edward) Cole, Peggy (Joe) Aguallo, and Royal Peterson; 28 grandchildren; 56 great grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband Lyle, daughter Jeanne and son-inlaw Ivan Quick, grandsons Roger Horton Jr., Blaine Quick, and Logan Aguallo; great grandsons Gage Edwards and Kian Lopez; her parents Leroy and Ethel; brothers Francis and wife Wanda, Leroy Jr. and wife Sharon, and James and wife Gloria; as well as many other in-laws and family.