Evelyn Naomi Peterson, 75, departed this earth to be with her Father in Heaven on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Rosetta Assisted Living Facility in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Glen St. Mary, Fla. She was the third child born to Hazel and Leonard Kirkland. At the age of 4, the family moved to Carey, where she has resided most of her life. Evelyn was the salutatorian of the Carey High School graduating class of 1950. On June 16, 1956, she married Lee Peterson at her parents' home in Carey. They worked side by side, farming and raising a family. They lived by the creed that hard work never hurt anyone, and that you didn't play until the work was done.
Evelyn enjoyed raising a garden and canning the fruits of her labor. She was an avid reader, bowler and Green Bay Packers fan. Attending a pro football game with her daughters was one of the highlights of her life. She was a member of the LDS Church, Friendly Neighbors Club and the Wool Growers Association. After her children were raised, she went to work for Silver Creek Supply in Picabo and then the Blaine County Sheriff's Department, where she retired in 1998. Evelyn was a people person and loved to enjoy the company of family and friends. Her hot homemade rolls and rotisserie leg of lamb with Lee's special sauce was legendary.
She is survived by her brother George (Leah) Kirkland of Carey; sister Vivian Day of West Jordon, Utah; children Rick (Rosemary) of Carey, Clint (Shannon) of Coeur d'Alene, Denise (Mic) Page of Nampa, Cindy (Mike) Hodges of Nampa; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, brother Ray and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at the Carey LDS Church with Bishop Kjel Neilson conducting. Interment followed at the Carey Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of the Wood River Chapel, of Hailey, Idaho.