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Anne Elizabeth Peterson
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1957
Death: Feb. 24, 2008

I knew Anne back in the 1970s when we were both active members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Anne was a state officer of that organization in 1978.

Obituary: Anne Elizabeth Peterson will be remembered for her generosity of spirit, her work to help those in need and her ever-present sense of humor and mirth. She served as a mentor, volunteer and activist for people, causes and ideas that she held dear. Anne was a resident of East Sacramento at the time of her unexpected passing and was a Sacramento native. She is survived by her mother, Margaret Peterson; brother, Steve Peterson and sister-in-law, Heidi Tomlinson; as well as hundreds of friends throughout the United States, Africa and Asia. Anne was preceded in death by her father, Henry Lowell Peterson. After graduating Hiram Johnson High School, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Science degree in nutrition from California State University, Chico. Anne worked as a Registered Dietitian with the California Department of Public Health in the Woman Infant & Children nutrition program, providing policy and technology support to local WIC offices throughout California. She was a member of Westside Covenant Church in West Sacramento and a former member of First Covenant Church. Anne was active in the youth and college group programs at both churches and served as a mentor and friend to numerous kids and young adults at both places of worship. Most recently, Anne also traveled to Rwanda and worked to introduce the use of solar-cooking technology and establish a sustainable, micro-economic coffee industry, in addition to providing dietetic consultation to rural schools and communities. She was planning to return to Rwanda in June 2008 to continue her work. Anne's hidden talents included french cooking, handwork such as knitting, crocheting and tatting, viola-playing and "enthusiastic" tap-dancing. She brought great joy to everyone she touched & will be remembered forever. A memorial celebration of Anne's life will be held at 1:00pm, Sat., March 1, at the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center, 1541 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento, CA (www.collingsteen center.org). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Westside Covenant Church (the Rwandan Project), 1510 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Services are entrusted to the care of Lodi Funeral Home.

The following article appeared in the Sacramento Bee:

Obituary: Nutritionist with a calling to help youths
By Maija-Liisa Young
Published 12:00 am PST Saturday, March 1, 2008

Anne Peterson, a nutritionist with the state's Women, Infants & Children program who mentored young people, died Sunday. She was 50.

Ms. Peterson died of unknown natural causes, said her brother Steve Peterson, who found his sister on the couch in her east Sacramento home after she failed to answer the door for a friend.

She was to attend a banquet Sunday night honoring Debby Colberg, California State University, Sacramento, volleyball coach, who recently retired, her brother said.

Ms. Peterson guided young people at Westside Covenant Church and First Covenant Church for many years. Most recently, she led the college group at Westside Covenant Church.

In June, Ms. Peterson and several college students, along with others from the church, participated in a 12-day mission in Rwanda. They introduced solar cooking, taught residents how to start their own businesses and worked on a coffee plantation. In addition, Ms. Peterson consulted rural schools on nutrition, food supplies and how to keep diets healthy. She was planning to return this June.

"She was an optimistic and upbeat person and also always ready to serve," said Billy Kerr, Westside Covenant Church's lead pastor, adding that Ms. Peterson helped out in other areas of the church when needed.

A native Sacramentan, Ms. Peterson graduated from Hiram Johnson High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from CSUS.

She became interested in how nutrition affected athletic performance while working as a student assistant for the university's athletic department. Ms. Peterson pursued that interest in graduate school and earned a master's degree in nutrition from California State University, Chico.

Friend Mike Clemons met Ms. Peterson while she was an assistant at Sacramento State and recalled that she cared for young people.

"She always had a concentrated effort to be a helper. She always went above and beyond the call of duty," he said.

Ms. Peterson worked with families through Sacramento County's WIC program. In 1997, she joined the state's program as a senior nutritionist. She developed and maintained technology that provides services to families.

Her background in nutrition, combined with the experience of working with families and an aptitude for technology, along with her approachable manner, made Ms. Peterson a rare find, said Linnea Sallack, director of the state's WIC nutrition program.

"Anne was a part of so much of what we did," she said. "She was involved in so many aspects of what we did. She was so engaged that everybody knew Anne and liked Anne."

Ms. Peterson never married. She enjoyed tap dancing, cooking French cuisine and playing the piano and the viola. She could knit, crochet or tat everything from wool sweaters to doilies, her brother said.

She kept up with politics and loved reading blogs but would never start one.

"Her contention was that she would correct the language," Peterson said. "She was a great defender of the English language."

Remembered for: Being a senior nutritionist with the California WIC program who worked with information technology to provide services to families; mentoring youths

Survived by: Mother, Margaret Peterson, and brother Steve Peterson, both of Sacramento

Memorial services: 1 p.m. today at Collings West Sacramento Teen Center, 1541 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento

Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westside Covenant Church, 1510 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento, CA 95691
 
 
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  H. Lowell Peterson (1924 - 2004)
 
Burial:
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Sacramento
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: St Peter's Lawn Section 42112 Grave L
 
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Record added: Mar 11, 2008
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Bless the work you did. May you always rest in peace.
- woodsk8
 Added: Apr. 22, 2009
Anne, your Rainbow sisters miss you.
- countedx58
 Added: Mar. 11, 2008
 
 
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