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Margaret [Sparks] Peterson
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1918
Alberta, Canada
Death: Aug. 6, 2001
Great Falls
Cascade County
Montana, USA

Margaret Virginia (Sparks)Peterson, age 83, died Monday morning, August 6th, 2001, at the Benefis East Medical Center in Great Falls. Margaret was one of six children born to Everette Sparks and J.L. "Jimmy" Craven. She was born at Jenner, Alberta, Canada on June 2nd, 1918. She grew up at Wetaskiin, Alberta and received her formal education through grade 8. In the years that followed Margaret worked as a nurses aide at the Provincial Hospitals in Ponoka and Claresholm.

She married Ralph 0. Peterson in Canada on October 28th, 1944. They moved to the Peterson farm north of Inverness where Margaret worked as a homemaker and mother of four. The Petersons retired from farming in 1978 and moved to Inverness in 1988. After Ralph's death in 1989, Margaret continued to live in their Inverness home. This past May she was diagnosed with cancer. She recently moved to the Liberty County Nursing Home in Chester. Last week she was transferred to the Great Falls hospital for intensive care.

Margaret was deeply involved in the life of her community. When her children were in school, she was active in the P.T.A., 4-H clubs, and she taught Bible School and Sunday School. She enjoyed all of the school activities and was always willing to volunteer or chaperone whenever needed. Margaret was also a member of the Farmer's Union, Home Demonstration Clubs, Hill County Democratic Women, and the Liberty County Hospital Guild. In the late 1960's and early 1970's she worked as a nurses aide at the Chester nursing home; in recent years she worked as a voluteer at the hoSpital U-Shoppe. A loyal member of the United Methodist Church in Inverness, Margaret was extremely active in the United Methodist Women's Group. She held district and conference offices, and traveled all over the U.S. to regional and national meetings. A highlight of her life was a trip to Kenya, Africa in 1981 when she was proud to be part of the delegation of the U.M.W. Quilting was her favorite hobby in recent years; she enjoyed quilt shows, quilt classes and creating quilts to give to others. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Other interests included gardening, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, and a collection of depression glassware. Margaret was a self taught pianist who played by ear. She loved to read and had a widerange of interest; she always kept up to date on political, social action, and other issues. And last but not least, she had an exceptional memory for people, places and events.

Margaret is survived by her four children James Peterson (and wife Diane) of Galesburg, Illinois, Loween Peterson of Billings, Janice Lincoln (and husband Art) of Kalispell, and Robert Peterson of Staten Island, New York; one foster daughter Janet Dancer, of Malta; four grandchildren; one greatgrandson; one brother, Edward Sparks of Sacramento, California; a special cousin, Mary Adelaide Burchell of Calgary, Alberta; and four nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister (Wilma Loween Abel), three infant siblings and two nieces.

Memorial services at Inverness United Methodist Church. Private commital services and burial of ashes in Inverness cemetery.

Liberty County Times, Chester, MT, 15 Aug 2001 (excerpt)
Family links: 
  Everet Ellsworth Sparks (1879 - 1972)
  James Lewis Craven Sparks (1873 - 1945)
  Ralph O. Peterson (1913 - 1989)*
  Wilma Loween Sparks Abel (1911 - 1969)*
  Edward E Sparks (1916 - 2008)*
  Margaret [Sparks] Peterson (1918 - 2001)
*Calculated relationship
Inverness Cemetery
Hill County
Montana, USA
Maintained by: ROA
Originally Created by: D and M Crawford
Record added: Jul 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20333920
Margaret <i>[Sparks]</i> Peterson
Added by: D and M Crawford
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With love to our wonderful aunt. We miss you. Your nephew, Cabot
- Lowell Cabot Abel
 Added: Jun. 1, 2010
Think of you often and enjoy the memories, love, Janice
- Janice Lincoln
 Added: Feb. 17, 2010
Peace be with you.Your Nephew,Phil
- Phil Abel
 Added: Feb. 11, 2010

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