Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 1, 2013

Madge Peterson

Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Madge Peterson, 95, died March 26, 2013 at the Continental at St. Joseph's Assisted Living in Centerville.

She was born in Darby on Dec. 22, 1917, the daughter of George and Carrie (Benson) Simmons. She was joined in marriage to Gay "Swede" Peterson on June 4, 1946, who preceded her in death April 10, 2002.

She was the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college, beginning with Centerville Community College, Drake University, Union College and graduating from William Penn University. She taught school at Darby, Sioux City, Des Moines and for the last 20 plus years of her career, Moulton.

After retirement she did volunteer work teaching English as a second language, working at the Lord's Cupboard and until she was in her late 80s delivering Meals on Wheels to as she described it "old people." She was recognized by Gov. Brandstad as an Iowa Volunteer of the Year.

She was a life-long member of the Centerville Seventh Day Adventist Church where she served as pianist and church treasurer for 50 plus years.

In the summer of her 94th year, she moved to the Continental at St. Joseph's Assisted Living in Centerville. Her sister Alfreda and brother Royal Simmons deserve special recognition for the daily care and attention they provided her as well as the wonderful staff at the Continental at St. Joseph's and HCI Care Services.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Merrill and Nancy Peterson of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Royal Simmons, of Centerville and Alfred Simmons, of Harrison, Ark.; sisters, Alfreda Simmons, of Centerville and Dr. Virginia Simmons, of Lubbock, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Carrie Simmons; sisters, Ruth Van den Brink, Esther Ray, and Edith Johnson; and brothers, George, Chester, Ray and Paul Simmons.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date.

Memorials to Adventist Development and Relief Agency may be dropped off or mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory at 1900 South 18th St. Centerville, IA 52544.

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