Joan Juanita Peterson

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Joan Juanita Peterson, 92, of Lewistown, Montana, entered the loving arms of her heavenly Father in the early morning hours of May 16, 2018.

Joan was born on Dec. 29, 1925 in Deer Lodge, Montana to Clarence Patrick Mahoney and Ruth Mahoney (Fink). Joan grew up in Roy, Montana. On Oct. 23, 1943, Joan married James Robert Peterson, Sr. in Vallejo, California while he was serving in the United States Navy. Joan and Pete spent the greater part of their life at their home on Virginia Street where they owned Pete’s Kennels and raised beagles for 50 years.

Joan enjoyed reading, keeping up with politics and news, sharing history, sewing, drawing, painting, baking cookies for the cookie tin on top of her refrigerator, camping, spending time at the claim by Kendall, beekeeping, and raising rabbits. Joan was always learning new skills and passing on her wisdom to help others. Joan also grew, harvested and canned massive amounts of vegetables from the garden, made the best fudge, raised birds, processed deer, made delicious cakes and pies every year for birthdays and holidays, and did her chores at about the same time every day.

Joan was not one for small talk, only saying what needed to be said with truth and boldness. Joan lived a full life with hands that were rarely idle. She inspired many with her gifts, wit, her beautiful smile, and her example. Joan will be greatly missed by many, leaving a legacy of family, strength, integrity, faith and love.

Joan is preceded in death by her husband, James R. ‘Pete’ Peterson; her sister, Mary Clarice Haney; and two great grandchildren, Christian Lloyd Haney and Tyler James McCracken.

Survivors include her sons, James Peterson, Jr. of Gillette, Wyoming, David Peterson of San Jose, California, and John Peterson of Lewistown; grandchildren, Sherry Evans, Lisa Haney, Sonja Peterson, Tina Garland, Kim Harned, James Peterson III, Ron Peterson and Darlene Wright; and 13 greatgrandchildren.

Services will be held at Creel Funeral Home in Lewistown, Montana on Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. Joan will be laid to rest in Mount Cavalry Cemetery. Memorial donations are requested to the First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Please share memories and condolences at



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