Maribelle J. Peterson

Maribelle J. Peterson, age 84, of Philip, died Thursday morning, September 13, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Tuesday, September 18, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist. Usher was George Ainslie. Pallbearers were Irwin Ferguson, Mike Seager, Ray Formanek, Bob Johnson, Buster Peterson and Jared Hook.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Maribelle Josephine William-son was born April 25, 1923, in Onida, SD, the daughter of John B. and Edith (Bloom) Williamson. She grew up on a farm near Onida and received her education in that area. As a young girl she worked on the family farm.

Maribelle was united in marriage to William Sheets, and to this union were born two sons, Anthony "Tony" and Allen. They made their home in Onida until moving to Corvallis, OR, in 1941. After the boys grew up, Maribelle worked as a cook on cruise ships and ferries out of Bremerton, WA, and Ketchikan, AK, for several years. She then owned and operated a restaurant in Seattle, WA. Maribelle moved to Philip, SD, where her father lived.

Maribelle was united in marriage to Ted Peterson on December 26, 1967. They made their home on a ranch southwest of Kadoka. After his death on October 26, 1979, she moved back to Washington. In the late 1980s, Maribelle moved back to Philip, where she has since resided.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sons, Anthony "Tony" Ryan and his wife, Carol, of Bull Shoals, AR, and Allen D. Sheets of Shelton, WA; two step-daughters, Lori O'Rourke and her husband, Tom, of Interior, and Becky Gropper of Belle Fourche; also step-mother to nine other children, Dorothy, Arthur, Darrell, Jerry, Raymond, Detta, Peggy, Roddy, and Jack Douglas, all from the state of Washington; one grandson, Sean Sheets and his wife, Melissa, of Allyn, WA; two granddaughters, Brenda Draney and her husband, Josh, and Anna Ryan, all of Bremerton, WA; four step-granddaughters, Sadie and Whitney O'Rourke of Interior, Jillian Gropper of Vermillion, and Cassie Gropper of Brookings; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Janssen of Corvallis, OR; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Ted, Maribelle was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters.

A memorial is established.