Edna Peters, 96, of Salem, Ore., passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Friday, September 4, 2015 due to stroke related complications. She was born in Portland, Ore., on March 17, 1919 to Effie Marie Jackson and Arthur M. Wilson.
Edna is the oldest of 4 siblings. She attended Kennedy Elementary School in Portland, Ore., before moving to Centerville, Wash. She returned to Portland where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1936. She met her husband, Richard Peters, at a weekly dance club and the two married shortly thereafter on December 25, 1936 in Pendleton, Ore. Their other places of residence include Port Orchard and Bremerton, Wash., Portland and The Dalles, Ore.
In the early 1940’s Edna worked for Meier & Frank where she sold accessories and fashion modeled. She also worked at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Phillip’s Travel Agency. Edna and Richard settled in The Dalles, Ore., in 1956 until Richard’s passing in 2003. In 2006 she moved to Southern Hills Assisted Living in Salem, Ore. Early in 2015 she moved to Sweet Bye n Bye adult foster home also in Salem.
Edna is survived by her daughter Patricia (Peters) Estlund (Dale) Salem, Ore., and her son Paul Peters (Lynette) Portland, Ore.; her 6 grandchildren Bjorn Estlund Portland, Ore.; Anne (Estlund) West Salem, Ore.; Rick Peters, Cle Elum, Wash.; Byron Peters Seatlle, Wash.; Michelle (Coats) Vranizan Portland, Ore.; James Coats Portland, Ore.; 11 great-grandchildren; brother Harvey Wilson Portland, Ore.; one niece and one nephew.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Richard Peters; son Richard A. Peters; daughter Mary Jane (Peters) Coats; siblings Howard Wilson and Betty (Wilson) Garling.
Edna was a loving wife and mother. She loved her countless visits and outings with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a passion for shopping, fine chocolate and relaxing in her favorite chair with her word search books. She will be missed, loved and always remembered.
We want to extend our gratitude and thanks to Southern Hills Assisted Living for 9 years of active retirement and for the loving care of the staff at Sweet Bye n Bye.
A private family service is planned. Donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital of Portland, OR and Willamette Hospice.
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