The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


December 13, 2012

Rita Peterson

— A memorial service for Rita Peterson of Athens will be at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Peterson died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital. Spry Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. W.M. Watkins.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Watkins of Athens; her husband of 48 years, Don Peterson of Athens; her daughter, Kelly Kelsoe of Athens; her son, Mark Peterson of Virginia Beach, Va.; and five grandchildren, Kathryn Kelsoe, Bradley Kelsoe, Jacob Kelsoe, Liam Peterson and Owen Peterson.

Rita did a superb job of everything she touched from cooking to drama, theater directing, bridge, sewing and garden work. Her loving husband always called her Precious Love. She made a home for her husband and her family that was so warm and cozy that when we would leave to go to work we hated to go and anxious to return home once again.

She was an avid reader, exceptionally bright yet always having a kind word for people who came across her path. Her home has been open for the total of 48 years we’ve been married to people who were homeless, who needed help or any other kind of moral, spiritual or ethical support. She will be terribly missed because she brightened the world in which she interacted..

Rita is right now in the sweet, loving arms of Jesus Christ to whom she and her husband had allegiance all their lives together. We trust Him to know the very best for Rita and thank Him very much for His goodness to us over the years. Truly Rita was a Proverbs 31 woman. Her husband is deeply grateful to our loving God for choosing him to love, nurture and treasure her.

Text Only

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

     View Results
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee