7.24.2020 – a sweet demeanor

a sweet demeanor
selfless way, giving, caring
soft-spoken nature

Joyce Elizabeth Peterson was a rare gem on this Earth.

I only know that from reading her obituary.

And I only happened on to her obituary because I thinking about Duluth, Minnesota.

I only happened be thinking about Duluth, Minnesota because of where I live.

When the railroad came through here in the 1880’s folks said, ‘What is the furthest you can go on this railroad.?

And the answer was Duluth, Minnesota.

So the town where I now live was named, Duluth, Georgia.

And I was thinking about Duluth, Minnesota.

And wondered who lived up there or at least who had been living up there.

And I checked the obituaries in the local paper.

And I found Joyce Elizabeth Peterson.

The first line of her obit might be considered a life goal for any person any time any where.

Her sweet demeanor, soft-spoken nature, and selfless way of giving and caring for others made Joyce a rare gem on this Earth.

It certainly stands out today.

And maybe the fact that she stands out, she was a rare gem, is as sad a comment on us today as the fact that for us, Joyce Elizabeth Peterson has passed on.

Here is here obit.

Joyce Elizabeth Peterson

Her sweet demeanor, soft-spoken nature, and selfless way of giving and caring for others made Joyce a rare gem on this Earth. She will be greatly missed by her family and lifelong friends.

Joyce Elizabeth Peterson, 95, lifelong resident of Duluth, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2020 at Barnes Care assisted living in Esko, MN.

Joyce was born in Duluth on June 26, 1925 to Wallace and Elizabeth Clemens. She graduated from Duluth Central High School and technical college. She married Gordon R. Peterson and they were married for 45 years. She was a hardworking Homemaker, raising their daughters and maintaining their home. She loved to knit and spend time at the cabin on Caribou Lake. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the church circles and bible study groups.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, William.

Joyce is survived by her children, Debra (Ron) Brochu and Cynthia (Terry) Cossin; grandchildren, Derek and Jessica Brochu; great-grandson she adored, “DJ”; special nephew, Richard Ouellette; nephews, Tom (Carol) Ouellette and Lewis Wackler; and niece, Barbara Gwynn.

The family would like to thank the staff at Barnes Care in Esko for her great care during the last 16 months.

Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date, hopefully sometime in the fall. Interment will be next to her husband at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 E. 8th St. in Duluth, MN 55805.

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