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Sylvia M. Peterson
07/25/1944 — 08/24/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Mandan, ND
Sylvia M. Peterson
Sylvia Peterson was born on July 25, 1944 to parent David and Imogene Johnson. She was second of four siblings, one sister, Marion and two brothers, Lynn and Ray. She lived on the family farm until she graduated high school. She then went on to attend and graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. Degree in Home Economics. She worked in the field of education for a short time and was then employed by Ben Franklin Transit where she retired.
Sylvia and her husband Bill purchased a 22 acre farm in Benton City and together they created their “favorite place”. Sylvia raised alpacas for several years. Some of her greatest joys were her daughter Kim, stepchildren Eric and Elizabeth, growing giant pumpkins for her granddaughter Jade and Sahale, growing her own fresh cut flower to share at the table and displaying with some things she had made. She enjoyed sharing laughter with family and friends and exemplifying a hopeful spirit in spite of cancer, and above all, knowing god loves her.
My sister! We never lived close, but in our own way we were close. We laughed, we cried, we fought we loved. I miss her. The last few months of her life we talked mostly daily and often twice a day. I can not imagine what she endured the last years of her life, nor do I think I could do it. She had a strength I will admire for my life. She was funny, loving and always could see the good in everyone and every bad situation. Her one goal in her life was to be as kind as our Mother was and I believe she came very close to that in many ways.
Sylvia was a perceptive, congenial lady. I always admired her appearance, so put together with lovely colors. I enjoyed talking with her. I can still hear her voice and will miss her.
As neighbors, we have known Sylvia since she resided in Benton City. She was always so pleasant and positive in any of our conversations we had over the years. All we can say is that it was a privilege to know Sylvia and all neighbors should be just like her.
I will miss my friend Sylvia. We worked together at Ben Franklin transit for many years. After we both retired we remained close and chatted frequently. Such a calming friend to have always kind and never spoke ill of anyone. She overcame so many obstacles and I prayed she would overcome this one too. So I was shocked when she passed even knowing how the odds were against her.
My amazing sister, who spoke volumes of goodwill and tenacity, to all who knew and loved her, Her still small voice and gentle spirit will be a source of inspiration for me, forever.