Delores Peters

Delores Peters, age 81, Okaton, S.D., died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
Delores Nadine (Canney) Peters was given life by her Creator and was born in Chamberlain April 1, 1936, to Frank Hale and Mildred Beatrice (Darling) Canney and was a baptized child of God.
Until age nine, she grew up on various farms throughout South Dakota – south of Midland, south of Stamford, north of Okaton, and east of Rapid City. She lived the remainder of her childhood and teenage years on the Tri-State Mill grounds in Rapid City. Her childhood was spent attending country school and church, visiting nearby family, and playing with farm animals. “Helping” her dad was among her happiest memories. She remembered sawing wood, cutting ice, and hauling hay with him. 
Because the early 1940s were already lean years in South Dakota, she felt no undo effects from the gas ration stamps and food ration books for coffee, sugar, and meat that she remembered. She also reminisced about “blackouts,” when no lights were allowed on certain nights for certain hours. Happier memories were those of time spent playing with and caring for her new baby sister, Vinetta Darline, her pride and joy. The 1950s brought polio and with it physical therapy, recovery, and a missed senior year. The 1960s brought college, working in the lab at the Tri-State Milling Company, and teaching at country schools in Nebraska and Wyoming.
Eventually, she moved to the Creighton and Kadoka areas to teach, where she became friends with Karel Reiman, a fellow teacher. Karel and Lloyd introduced her to LaVern Peters, to whom she was united in holy marriage on June 8, 1969, and with whom she was granted 41 years of married life. She raised three children, Heidi, Jim and Jerry, grew a large garden, tended chickens, and worked the family farm and ranch alongside her husband. After all three kids were in school, she completed her teaching degree and taught third graders full time in Murdo for the next 22 years.
Upon her “retirement,” she continued to work the family farm and ranch, but found time for growing flowers, quilting and crocheting. She enjoyed attending her grandson Samuel’s concerts and visiting with her church and school friends.
On Oct. 6, 2017, Delores Nadine (Canney) Peters fell asleep in Jesus. She is survived by her daughter, Heidi (Matt) Fredericksen, St. Peters, Mo.; two sons, Jim Peters, Okaton, and Jerry (Courtney) Peters, Badger, Minn.; her grandson, Samuel Fredericksen; her sister, Vinetta; nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved dog, Obie. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern, and her parents and grandparents.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at St. Peter Lutheran Church near Midland.
Interment was at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

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