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Muriel Eileen (Holmquist) Peterson entered this world on Oct. 6, 1924 in Amor Township south of Bowman ND. She was the next to youngest of eight children born to Frank and Emma (Uhrhammer) Holmquist, who had homesteaded on the prairies of southwest North Dakota in 1907. She was reared on the family farm and attended Medicine Hills rural grade school. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Bowman.
She learned many lessons about survival and responsibility early in her life. Besides growing up during the Depression, her mother passed away when she was 14 years old. She had a severe bout with rheumatic fever when she was 15 years old and was near death for two weeks at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City. When she went back to Bowman, she lived with her cousin Wesley Anderson and his wife Nora from August to November of 1940. She lived in Powell, WY with her sister Bernice and husband Ed Freitag from November 1940 to Easter of 1941. Her father passed about this time just 4 years after losing her mother. After all of this, she went back to high school and graduated from Bowman High School in 1943. With the loss of both parents at such a young age, and World War II, her life was shaped forever.
On April 24, 1944, she married Kenneth M. Peterson in Fort Pierce, FL. He was discharged from the Navy in December of 1945 and they farmed south of Bowman until July of 1949. During this time, three children joined this union: Kenneth L., Gary and Renee. They moved to Miles City, MT where she devoted her life to being a wife, mother, homemaker and grandmother. Her parents and siblings were always on her mind as she loved them all and never forgot her heritage. Everyone came first and she went without so we could “have.” She was the glue and peacemaker of the family.
Haying and harvest time, community gatherings and old-time dances were among her fondest memories. She was an outstanding seamstress, baker, cook and housekeeper. She would help those in need without fanfare and had a great sense of humor.
In September of 2015, she moved to Highgate Senior Living in Billings and with the outstanding care they provided, she had five great years. She loved her time there and the entire staff. Thank you Highgate!!
Our mother and grandmother exited this world because of Covid-19 into her Saviors hands on November 5, 2020. She did this with calmness, peacefulness and was pain free. She has joined her husband, Kenneth M. who preceded her in death in 1999, along with her parents five brothers and one sister. Muriel has looked forward to this reunion for quite some time.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth L. (Margaret) Peterson of Billings, Gary (Deana) Peterson of Great Falls, and one daughter, Renee Peterson of Miles City; grandchildren: Bryan (Jodi) Peterson, Casey (Meredith) Peterson, Darcie (Ben) Aakre, and a step-grandchild Tracy (Sue) Wittman, great-grandchildren: Brock (Brooke), Bryce, Josie, Greta, Evan, and Garret Peterson, Luke and Elizabeth Aakre: one sister, Arlene (Henry) Messer of Inverness, FL: sisters-in-law; Ina Holmquist of CO, Emily Stadheim of ND, and Eunice Taylor of Miles City, MT.
With the love and care you provided as well as the laughter and fun that engulfed our home, we were the richest family in town. We did not realize we were “poor” until we left home. Love you Mom, The Kids.
The Family will have a private funeral service (due to COVID) November 21, 2020 and graveside to follow in The Custer County Cemetery. The family will be having a time of sharing during the service and asks if you have something to share to please email email@example.com and they will have it read. Condolences may be sent to our website www.stevensonandsons.com
Memorials can be sent to Miles City Meals on Wheels program to the Council of Aging 1010, Main Street, Suite # 12 Miles City, MT 59301.