Ella Viola Peterson


July 11, 1920 - March 9, 2013




Ella Viola Peterson was born July 11, 1920 at Armour SD to Nels and Anna (Wiberg) Nelson.  She attended Lisbon 19, Ethan Public and Mitchell Senior High.  Ella married Edwin O. Peterson on September 6, 1940.  She worked at the Methodist Hospital and Armour’s Creamery in Mitchell.  She enjoyed spending time with family and cooking.  Ella and Edwin were foster parents and adult foster parents for people with disabilities for thirty years.  She was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church and was a devote Christian who loved the Lord.

Ella is survived by two daughters:  Darlene Peterson and Elaine (Jim) Homolka; three sons:  Edwin B (Lorna) Peterson, Delbert (Marie) Peterson and Gerald (Wendy) Peterson all of Mitchell; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; three sisters-in-law: Lillian Joachim, Gladys (Jim) Lumb and Valoris Eickhoff; brother-in-law, Wilfred (Carmen) Peterson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, her parents, Nels and Anna Nelson; sisters:  Elsie Widman, Ethel Hines, Agnes Conzemius and Clara Pommer; brothers: Nels Harry Nelson, Oscar Nelson and Otto Nelson.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Home
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, March 13, 2013
2:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by Delaine (Robert) Olson on 03-13-2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family. We enjoyed meeting the relatives. We recently lost Robert so we understand it is a difficult time. He was happy to connect with this part iof the family.
entry posted by Lorna Brandt on 03-12-2013
Our hearts reach out to all of you as you mourn the loss of Ella. She was a very special person, and we were blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with her and her family after years of trying to locate this branch of our family. Sorry we cannot be with you in person at this time, but we are certainly with you in thoughts and prayers. Love to all. Lorna and Vera
entry posted by Sharon Staples on 03-12-2013
Jerry and Wendy: My love and prayers are with you during this time.....My the Lord surround you and all of your family as you mourn your loss. Im sure our families are in heaven talking about their kids.....Love you
entry posted by Vern & Dawn Schrader family on 03-12-2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
entry posted by Lynn Hubbard (Linda)Tollefson on 03-11-2013
I will alway remember Ms. Ella. What a sweet sweet lady. She was my grandma Ethel's sister. So sorry for you all. I remember Delbert, Junior, Darlene, Jerry, Elaine.
My families sympathy to you all. With much care!!!
entry posted by Mary Kaye Peterson on 03-11-2013
My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you all in the loss of Ella. She was a wonderful person and I am sure you will miss her very much. I am sure she is resting in God's loving arms and has been reunited with loved ones. Peace be with you until you see her again! Hugs! Mary Kaye
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