Peterson, Phyllis M. formerly of Bagley MN passed away September 11th 2019. She was born April 15th 1926 in International Falls, MN, the youngest of Melvin and Ellen (Lund) Peterson. Phyllis graduated from Falls High School in 1944. She ventured far from home to attend College in Ohio for one year before transferring to the University of Minnesota to study accounting. While there, she met Robert D. Peterson (no relation) and they were married in 1949. After living for a short time in St Cloud, Bob and Phyllis moved to Richfield, MN and by 1963 they had six children. She was a caring and energetic wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to read and that passion led her to work at the Hennepin County Libraries starting in 1973. In 1975, the family moved to Bagley, MN where she worked at Hembygd Gift Store and volunteered at the Bagley Public Library. Phyllis was active in her community: she was a member of the Naomi Circle, Faith Lutheran Church, the League of Women Voters, the Tuesday Study Club and various bridge clubs. She enjoyed collecting antiques and later in life became an antique dealer, joining Antiques Osakis. She and Bob loved to dance, travel, and host friends and family at their lake cabin near Emily, MN. After Bob retired they volunteered at the senior center and delivered Meals on Wheels. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Robert. She is survived by son David (Cindy) of Burnsville, daughter Joan (Richard) Ahmann of Excelsior, son Scott (Diane) of Denver, son Thomas (Kristine) of Two Harbors, daughter Nancy (Richard) Vorderbruggen of Bagley, son John of Fargo, 12 grandchildren and 16 soon to be 17 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers Memorials can be given to the Alzheimer's Association or the Bagley Public Library. Funeral Services will be held on November 16, 2019 at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Milan Davig officiating.
Phyllis M. Peterson
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