Dorothy Peterson, 92
Posted: Wednesday, Mar 21, 2007

- 1 entry in guestbook.
LEWISTON -- On March 29, 2007, at NOON at the Congregational-Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, we will meet to honor and say goodbye to a vibrant, active woman dedicated to God, to her family and to her community. Dorothy to her friends, Mama to her children, Grandma to her grandchildren, and MeeMo to her great-grandchildren, this lady was a go-getter.

While square-dancing at age 82, she met Gordon Peterson, and married him two years later in 1999. She loved to dance with Gordon. Dancing was a lifelong dream of hers, and with this dear man, she finally got to do it. They were a very romantic couple. He is still with us, beloved "Boppa" to MeeMo's great-grandchildren, Kezia Barnard, Trinity Starr Lamb, Grayson and Serena Young.

This marriage gave two brothers, Chet Peterson and wife Karen and Marvin Peterson, to Dorothy's daughters, Jil Barnard and Charm Barnard. We like having brothers! Her grandchildren multiplied from AnnAlia Barnard Young and husband Rupert and Loriel Barnard Lamb, to include Shelley Peterson Madrid, Mindy Peterson Bohnus and husband Rory Bohnus, Mark Peterson and Eric Peterson, Kyle Williams, Jeremy and wife Kara Williams and Alicia Williams, She gained three more great-grandchildren, Michael Madrid and Brian, and Andrew Sorros and one great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Madrid.

Dorothy lost two sons, Danny and Mark, to a degenerative condition when they were both very young. However, while Mark was alive, she designed a mobile standing board that was so farsighted that it still outshines commercial standing boards. She also designed a bed with moving sections so Mark could sit up in bed. This bed sat on a rolling unit with (four drawers in it) so he could move about the house and be part of the family.

She loved construction, and designed many structural conveniences within her homes.

Because of Mark, Dorothy, along with Mrs. Grow and Janette Perkins, worked tirelessly to establish The Opportunity School. It was the first school for developmentally disabled children in North Idaho. It was in North Lewiston.

Dorothy was an avid follower of healthy nutrition practices. She studied Kinesiology long before it was 'acceptable' at an alternative medicine institute in Portland, Ore., taught an herbalogy class at Lewis-Clark State College and practiced what she preached. No wonder she could be square dancing at 84!

Prayer and Bible Study were foundations of Dorothy's life. She was a member of a Prayer group established 47 years ago and her last prayer time with them was in December 2006 at her home. She prayed aloud for all of us.

Dorothy was a great cook. Her peppery "Cheese Squares" were hot items at church potlucks. As a hobby she decorated fragile chicken and duck eggs with all kinds of beautiful craft items and jewelry and gave them to people she admired. She didn't get to do this very much, because she was taking care of us, teaching Sunday School, running a household and hosting business meetings for her first husband, who preceded her in death. However, she had a great collection of lovely decorative eggs she displayed every Spring. Chinese figurines, silk flowers (to wear), hats and colored glass were her other collections.

Dorothy graduated from high school in Portland. She was a dental assistant in Eugene, Ore., when she met and married a young ministerial student at Northwest Christian College named John Stotsenberg. As a Preacher's Wife, she excelled in creating and teaching Junior Church programs for the churches, wherever they were serving. She often had homeless and needy people living in her home.

When we moved to Lewiston, in the 1950s, Dorothy became a teacher for an adult class named "The Bible Breakfast Forum" (or BBF as we called it) at the First Christian Church. The class was huge. She was an inspiring teacher.

She was 58-years-old when she married Arthur Thompson of Bogue, Kan., and became our own "Dorothy from Kansas!" They were married about seven years before he went to Heaven. He was a wonderful man. They moved back to Lewiston so we all got to know him very well.

In the 1980s, Dorothy led the singing at the First Christian Church here in Lewiston. She loved Sunday Night Singspirations! She was an enthusiastic song leader.

A couple of our favorite "My Mama Always Said" comments are: "Do the best you can with the sense you have," and "If you have a scrambled egg family, you learn to love scrambled eggs."

Dorothy was a teacher right to the end of her 92 years, one month and three days.

These last few months she taught us faithfulness, perseverance, and patience. She taught us not to take people's behavior or words too personally, because there is usually a reason totally unrelated to us. She, without a word, helped us remember her life and what an incredible woman she was. We remembered the things she did for us. She, like many mothers, put her family's needs before her own -- always.

She taught us how to listen and we learned the importance of communication even when there is little or no response. She taught us about our own morality, thus helping us to get a clearer picture of life's priorities and what is truly important in this long, long run.

She taught us how to live well. She taught us how to die well. She taught us how mighty Love is.

Dorothy Stotsenberg Thompson Peterson. Feb. 8, 1915 -- March 11, 2007.

Condolences and memories may be written in the digital guest book at

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to Cornerstone Christian School, c/o C. Kym, 4073 Fairway Drive, Lewiston, Idaho, 83501.

Arrangements are with Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston. Internment will be at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens beside her son, Mark.