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Linda Lee Peterson was born on Valentines Day, February 14, 1942, in Seattle, Washington, at the Virginia Mason Hospital. At the age of eight the family relocated to Oxnard, California, returning to their preferred Seattle five years later. Lindalee always remembered her childhood fondly. She loved school and learning with a particular interest in history, reading, and writing. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 but not until after she had married John Davis Peterson just a few days after her 18th birthday. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for her sneaking into the University of Washington dance, she would have never met John, and they would have never had their two children, John Mark born in 1961 and Donna Marie born in 1965.
Linda was a lifelong Lutheran, though she attended a Presbyterian Church as a child. She was an active member in her church community singing and volunteering regularly on the board, alter guild, and choir.
She was also very involved with Beta Sigma Phi, a social and philanthropic sorority with motto “life, learning, and friendship”. Linda served as the Corresponding Secretary of OCCC in 1995-96 and made wonderful friends and memories over the years attending the meetings and conventions, or just gathering to play bridge or rummikub with her sorority sisters.
Linda attended Santa Ana College to become a nurse but decided to put her career ambitions aside to continue being a full-time mom for her children in their younger years. She was a dedicated wife and mother. Eventually, Linda had a profession outside the home working for Electro-Chemical Devices, Inc. for over 20 years. This company was owned and started by neighbors, Larry and Marie Berger, in their garage. She did a variety of tasks for their new company such a soldering components into circuit boards but most of her time was spent as a Production Manager. She was good at leading people and had a lifelong friendship with the Bergers.
Linda had a thirst for life. She wanted to do what she wanted to do, and no one could stop her. Linda never hesitated once her mind was made up and always relished a good challenge! She enjoyed traveling the world, playing and “winning” games, and always had time for a good book, a good movie, or a card game with family and friends. John and Linda shared many wonderful years together and were married for 60 years before he passed away in October of 2021. Their life together was a rare and true love story.
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023, Linda Lee Peterson went home to be with the Lord. She is predeceased by her parents William and Ethel Williams, husband John Davis Peterson, and son John Mark Peterson. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Donna and Manny Medina; her four grandchildren, Kara Medina, Jonathan Stillman, Jeremy Medina, Brice Stillman and wife Elizabeth; her five great grandchildren, Elijah, Micah, Jersey, Brooklen, and Dakota; brothers Bill Williams and wife Janice and Arthur Williams and wife Paula. Family members John Philip and Patty Qualls, Jennie Rogers.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Christ Lutheran Church in Orange or Goodwill Industries.