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Opal Pierce Peterson

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Opal Pierce Peterson, 98, of Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Sweet Springs Villa in Sweet Springs.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church in Sweet Springs in care of the funeral home.

Born Dec. 28, 1905, in Richwoods, she was the daughter of the late Fred Pierce and May Birdsong Pierce. On Dec. 21, 1929, she married Richard L. Peterson, who preceded her in death. She was a high school graduate of Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill near Cape Girardeau and a graduate of Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg. Before marrying, she taught at three rural schools in her home community. At the time of her marriage, she was principal and teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. After marrying, she did book work for International Shoe Company for 30 years. After retiring, she was administrator of the Sweet Springs Senior Center from 1977 to 1987. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sweet Springs, where in earlier years she was a Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years and an active member of the Women's Society.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister.