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Mary Peterson

Feb. 9, 1922-Dec. 1, 2007

Detroit Lakes native Mary R. Peterson, 85, of Faribault, Minn., died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault.

Mary Rebecca Cowles was born to Dr. Edgar and Anna Cowles on Feb. 9, 1922 in Detroit Lakes. She graduated from Holmes High School in Detroit Lakes in 1940. She married Lawrence "Pete" Peterson in 1941. They moved to the Minnetonka area, where her husband owned a construction company.

Mary worked in Wayzata at Hillcrest Nursing Home, in the physical therapy department. They were charter members of the Minnetonka Lutheran Church and longtime members of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Audubon. They retired to the Detroit Lakes area and lived on Cormorant Lake in the summer, while enjoying the winters in Mission, Texas.

Mary, lovingly known as Mimi, was an amazingly warm and caring person; she freely shared her thoughts, wisdom, and material things with others, as well as her love of her pets. Her quick wit and wild sense of humor will be missed.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents and her husband, Lawrence Peterson.

Surviving Mary are her children, Donna (Brad) Dyar, John (Faith) Peterson, Kathy (Steve) Taylor, and Laurie (Tom) Klemens; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Irene Oien; and other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Mary's life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Burial will take place at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Audubon.

Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault is handling arrangements.