Shelly Rae Whitman Peterson, 55, Minot, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012, at her home.
Shelly was born Dec. 5, 1956, in Bismarck, to Ward and Edith (Mahin) Whitman. She grew up on the family farm near Robinson. Shelly was baptized and confirmed in the Robinson United Methodist Church. She graduated from Robinson Public School where she was active in cheerleading and track. Her summers were filled with activities and projects in the local 4-H club. Shelly attended North Dakota State University in Fargo her freshman year of college, then transferred to North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and earned her licensed practical nurse degree. She moved to Minot and began her 34 1/2 year nursing career at Trinity Medical Center. Shelly met Darwin Peterson and on Oct. 3, 1981, they were united in marriage. They lived and farmed near Antler, where they raised two wonderful children, Matthew and Dana. Shelly later moved back to Minot, where she continued her nursing career.
From a very young age Shelly enjoyed riding horse through scenic pastures and helping out with cattle drives. She continued her love of horses on the farm, raising and showing registered quarter horses. As a proud mom, Shelly followed Matt and Dana in their many school and sporting events wherever the location. She was an expert gardener, loved canning, an excellent baker and a very thoughtful and generous giver to all.
Family: Shelly is survived by her son, Matthew (Lindsay) Peterson, daughter, Dana, and former husband, Darwin Peterson, all of Antler; her parents, Ward and Edith Whitman, Robinson; sisters, Anne (William) Ongstad, of Robinson, Kay (Kenneth) Jongsma, Albuquerque, N.M., Sharon (Charles) Nyhus, of Harvey, and Lynne (Gerald) Klindworth, Fessenden; her uncles, aunts, and many nephews and nieces.
There will be a gathering in memory of Shelly on Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at Robinson United Methodist Church, with lunch to follow.
A private service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, rural Antler, near the Peterson home, on Tuesday, March 13. A committal service will follow at the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church Cemetery.
Memorials: The family wishes to honor Shelly's life by forwarding all memorials to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)