Jean Mary Peterson

Jean Mary Peterson

Jean Mary Peterson, 90, of Fairview, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

Jean Mary Jackson was born at Brackley, Monaghan, Ireland, on Dec. 27, 1926, the third child of James and Florence Wiley Jackson – farmers.

After doing some office work in Scotland, Jean and her sister Laura and cousin Rita moved to London, where all three of them achieved their registered nursing degree in nursing at the German Hospital. Then, Jean and her sister got their mid-wife training in the south of England where each of them delivered several hundred babies. They made house calls, riding around on their bicycles in the late 1940s.

Jean also nursed in Seattle, Wash.; Joplin, Mo.; and then Denver, Colo., where she met and married Virgil Peterson on Sept. 9, 1961. They came to Kansas, and she nursed in a practice in Horton until she retired. Virgil died in January 1999.

Survivors include step-children, Kathleen Sechler of Wichita and Pamela Peterson of Glendale, Ariz.; brother, Stanley (Olive) Jackson, of Palo Cedro, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Neibling of Highland; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; and two siblings.

She bequeathed her body to medical science. No services are planned at this time, but once study is complete, her remains will be cremated and buried with her husband Virgil at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hiawatha.

Memorials are suggested to Apostolic Christian Home or Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha.

The Sabetha Herald 11/1/2017

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