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Dorothy (Nelson) PetersenNovember 8, 1917 ~ May 18, 2017 (age 99)
Dorothy Ella Nelson Petersen passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Thursday, May 18, 2017, due to incidents of old age. She was 99 ½ years old and remarkably, lived all but the last six days of her life in her own home. Dorothy was born November 8, 1917, at home on Little Denmark Street in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She was the youngest of 5 children, born to Swedish emigrants Swen John Nelson and Ella Florence Walters. She loved and was proud of her Swedish ancestry. Harold, Boyd, Zelda and Arva, Dorothy’s siblings were her best friends throughout her life. Dorothy had a fun active childhood, even though her mother took sick shortly after she was born. Her mother was bedfast until she died when Dorothy was just 9 years old. As a child, Dorothy loved the outdoors, her friends, and her close-knit family. She attended various schools and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School and LDS seminary in 1935.
After graduation, Dorothy spent time in Salt Lake and Hollywood working as a nanny and a housekeeper. She later returned to Pleasant Grove where she met the handsome Delbert (Pete) K Petersen at a dance. They married on December 23, 1939, in Salt Lake City and soon welcomed Jerry Delbert and Linda Josephine to their family. After Delbert returned from serving in WWII, John Wesley and Scott K were born.
Dorothy and Delbert were very proud of their children and loved them dearly. Jerry was a star football and basketball player in high school and played college basketball at the University of Utah. Dorothy and Pete loved attending his games. Linda was a lovely, smart, determined, well-rounded child. Dorothy loved having a daughter. Like his parents, John loved the outdoors. To their great sorrow, John passed away from Leukemia at the young age of 6 in 1960. Scott had a knack for fixing cars and motorcycles and also enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. Scott tragically died at the age of 20 in a truck accident in American Fork Canyon. 5 years later Dorothy lost her husband Pete due to complications of diabetes. Dorothy continued to live in her family home until she bought a condo in Orem in 1993.
Although Dorothy’s life was full of challenges and grief, she maintained a positive attitude and lived life to the fullest. Dorothy loved traveling, but especially enjoyed her Alaskan cruise and numerous trips to Hawaii. She was a hard worker and loved to garden, cook, play cards, and read. Dorothy had dozens of close friends who added support, adventure, fun, variety, and enrichment to her life. One of her most endearing groups of friends, “La Docena,” met once a month for over 61 years!
Dorothy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she was a faithful visiting teacher to the end of her life. She served in many capacities and had a strong testimony of her Savior and the truthfulness of His Gospel. Dorothy was surrounded by a loving family, which included 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom adored “Grandma Great.” Dorothy was also loved and admired by countless other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be missed by many!
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 - 10:45 am prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.