Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013
I am catching up for the week of July 22 to July 28 because we were not in El Salvador July 27 to Aug 2.
      My sweet mother - 
- passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013.  
It is a bitter-sweet time. 
She was 93 years old, could not see, could not hear, 
could not remember short term for a few years, 
and had lost her long-term memory in the past couple of months.
Here she is with her two daughters on Saturday, May 12, 2012, when we took her to lunch for Mother's Day.
Here is a closeup of her with Janice on that same day.

Here she is by the cookie jar rooster 
where she kept candy--
mostly Hershey's miniatures--
and anyone could help themselves to one
 by saying "Cock-a-doodle-do."

Now she is young again, she can see, hear, run, remember and is with her eternal sweetheart.  
They eloped September 17, 1937, when she was 17, 
marrying 24 year-old Arnold G. Albertson 
whom she had been dating for two years.  
This is a photo from those coin gallery booths 
at the Jerome County Fair in August 1937.
She always said this was the closest she
had to a wedding photo.
Mom had lived with our daughter Julie, her husband John, 
and their three children- 
Jacee, Jackson, and Maddie- 
for the past 2 years, 2 1/2 months.
(John, I can't get this to

Verna and Arnold had two children--
Eileen Marie born Dec. 15, 1938
Janice Lynn born June 8, 1949
Because of complications after my birth, 
Mom was told she should not 
and probably would not be able
to have more children.
They were thrilled to be able 
to have a second child.
And I was happy to have a 
little sister after being 
an only child for 10 1/2 years.
Here is a family photo in 1962.
I will post more about Mom & Dad 
on September 29 - 
the remembrance
of their 
76th wedding anniversary.
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Here is what Walt just 
e-mailed about
our 7 days in Utah 
and Idaho for
Grama A's funeral
and being with
our children and 

Sunday evening, August 4, 2013
Dear Children of Mine,
What a wonderful trip it was for us.  
We feel it a blessing that
Grandma A finally has been liberated 
from her worn body and mind and
as your Mom said in her testimony today, 
she is not dead but is full
of life being able to see, hear;
 remember all things, walk without
fear of falling and 
enjoying life in the spirit world.

What a joy it was to see 
and talk with all of you. 
The time flew by.
We missed those who
were unable to be there, 
but fully understand why
you couldn't.

We are happy that all were able
 to travel to and from with no
accidents or problems.

Even though (as your Mom says)
 we are "older than dirt" and know
little about what you are saying 
we enjoy very much 
just being around
you listening to you 
and watching you.

It's fun to watch your children
 interact and play together as cousins.
 Neither your Mom nor I 
had those experiences 
as children growing up.

We can hardly believe how fast 
they are growing up.

Please always remember
 how much we love you and
 how proud we are of you.
I will end with Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To every thing there is
a season,
and a time to every purpose
under heaven:
A time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up
that which is planted...
A time to weep,
and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, 
and a time to dance...
A time to embrace...
A time to love...
Because of the Savior our 
Mother will be resurrected.
Because of the truths restored by
Joseph Smith through 
Jesus Christ,
we have the Priesthood
Temple Ordinances
that seal and bind
We are thankful for the
life of
January 14, 1920
July 26, 2013.

1 comment:

Karina Artiga said...

My dear Sister Petersen, I feel very sorry about the death of your mother. Before I know the gospel the idea of die one day make me feel scare and insecure, but now I think very different. Its ok feel pain and cry for those who we love and have to say goodbye, but the sweet promises of the eternal life relieve that pain and its changed for hope and faith. We sure missed you the last 10 days, its so good have you back in El Salvador.