October 20, 2005

(2/18/1913 – 10/15/2005)

Bertha “Leota” Peterson, 92, of Kahoka, MO, formerly of Wyaconda, MO, died October 15, 2005 at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, MO.

Leota was born on February 18, 1913, in Clark County, MO, the youngest child of Francis Marian “Skilly” and Daisy Salone Drollinger Hauser. On December 20, 1930 she was united in marriage to Victor Peterson and to this union one daughter, Dorothy Jean was born. She died in infancy in 1931. Victor died on July 26, 1993.

Leota and Victor drove school buses for the Wyaconda School System, for many years. Leota also ran a pool hall and restaurant in Wyaconda for several years, where she was well known for her delicious soups and wonderful homemade pies. After retiring from bus driving, the Petersons moved to the Senior Housing in Kahoka, where they managed the apartments and lawn, until Vic’s health deteriorated. Leota cared for Vic for many years.

In December 1993, Leota entered the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, MO and was the first resident in the new RCF when it was built. She enjoyed her apartment for almost seven years, before she fell and broke a hip and had to enter the Nursing Home again, where she received loving care and attention.

Nieces, Delores Hauser Sims, Delia Hauser Priebe, and the late Joyce Hauser Heinze, enjoyed many happy visits during the summers with Uncle Vic and Aunt Leota.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother, two nephews, and two nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2005 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with Pastor Mike Shea officiating. Burial will in the Ashton Cemetery, Ashton, MO.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, Leota wanted the memorials to go to the Ashton Cemetery. She always preferred her flowers, while she was alive and could enjoy them.

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