Elaine Margaret Peterson
Elaine Margaret Peterson
Elaine passed in Bremerton, Washington on January 8th after a brief illness. She was born in Superior, Wisconsin to Ruby (Stireman) and Kenneth McDowell on November 20, 1930 and was a longtime resident of Superior prior to moving to Washington in 1988 in order to be close to her family. Elaine attended Central High School and married Paul Peterson in 1949. They raised their two daughters prior to a divorce.
Elaine was resourceful and hard-working. She used her cleaning, cooking and domestic skills to work as a waitress, a cook, and a housekeeper for over 40 years. Elaine took great pride in her work and she passed on her strong work ethic on to her children and grandchildren.
You could rarely find Elaine being idle. She was passionate about gardening and created a beautiful sanctuary for her family and friends. On most days, you would find her working in the dirt with her trusty dog beside her.
Elaine's parents preceded her death and she is survived by five siblings; Jerry McDowell of Nevada, Judy Jager of California, Pat Harris of Florida, Jim Peterson of Oklahoma and Alice Moonjean of California. Preceding her in death were two siblings, Marleen Peterson of Superior and Grant Peterson of Wyoming.
Elaine is also survived by her two daughters, Nancy Belanger of Washington and Joanne Peterson of California. Her grandchildren, Jodi (Alan) Davis and Jason (Margaret) Belanger also reside in Washington. As well, the light of her life; her great-grandson, Leo Belanger. Elaine cherished her family above all else. She often told them that were loved and that they were smart, kind, beautiful and talented. She loved to be able to support anything that was important to them from baseball to art to their making of music. Elaine often touted their accomplishments to all of her friends.
Elaine also had a family within her church community. She was as a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bremerton. Her church provided invaluable friendships and fellowship. You could find her working with her Quilting Group, helping in the kitchen and being a part of the Positive Parenting Group at the Washington State Women's Prison. She enjoyed the opportunity to support women as they prepared to be re-united with their children.
During the last years of her life, Elaine had the extraordinary pleasure of the unconditional love that can only come from a dog. Her rescued pal, Alli, was the center of her world and the love that they had for each other was evident to anyone in their company.
Elaine's loving family and friends will gather on Sunday, February 4th at 2:00 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bremerton, to celebrate her life. Her loss has left a huge void in many lives; only through connecting with others will we be able heal.
Maya Angelo said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Elaine made us all feel special.