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JoAnne Peterson

February 11, 1935 — May 25, 2023

Terrell, Texas

JoAnne Peterson

JoAnne Ruby Jackson Peterson was born in Starbuck, MN on February 11, 1935, to Arthur and Anna Jackson. She married the love of her life, Hans Peterson, on August 29, 1953, and together they raised eight children. Starting out in Minnesota, they moved to Eagle Pass, Texas in 1968. While living on the Texas/Mexico border, JoAnne worked beside Hans for over 50 years in their veterinary practice and in the ministry that God had laid on their hearts, sending Spanish Bibles to people all over Mexico.

JoAnne is preceded in death by her husband Dr. Hans Peterson, her parents, and her daughter Dr. Jane Leach.  She is also preceded in death by her granddaughter Brooke Dargel and great-granddaughter Emma Davidson, her brother Sonny Jackson, and her sister Shirley Moe, and her borther-in-law Pastor Ralph Peterson.

JoAnne is survived by seven children: David (Carolyn) Peterson, Darwin (Kathy) Peterson, Kevin (Deena) Peterson, Julie (David) Blaylock, (Michael) Leach, Karen (David) Briles, Sandra (David) Dargel, and Stan (Teresa) Peterson. She is also survived by her brother Gerald (Marianne) Jackson, sisters-in-law Lila (Tom) Creager, Marlys Peterson, and Eunice Peterson, and numerous nieces and nephews. JoAnne prayed daily for her 20 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and their families. 

JoAnne taught her children grace and modeled hard work with a servant’s heart. She chose contentment, as she left behind what was familiar, to embrace God’s leading in the ministry He had prepared for them. Proverbs 31:25 and 28 exemplify her legacy. It reads in part: “Strength and dignity are her clothing; she shall rejoice in the time to come… Her children rise up and call her blessed”.

Pallbearers honoring their Grandma Jo include Dr. David Peterson, Jordan Peterson, Tita Peterson, Brandon Blaylock, Brady Leach, Deric Briles, and Christopher Dargel.

Visitation will be held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home, 2217 S. Washington Street, Kaufman, TX on Monday evening, May 29, 2023, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please join our family as Travis Briles, JoAnne’s grandson, leads us in a celebration of a life well-lived on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Roselawn Memorial Garden at 1000 South Highway 175 in Seagoville, TX.


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