|Birth: ||Jul. 19, 1941|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 2013|
Shirlene Pulsipher Peterson, born July 19, 1941 to Kenneth & Ila Pulsipher – died peacefully November 20, 2013 in Mesa Arizona.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years (married April 16, 1964), one son, one daughter-in-law, five daughters, four sons-in-law, 17 grandchildren, four sisters, four brothers-in-law , one brother, one sister-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends (see names of immediate family below).
Mom loves the smell of peppermint, she usually used the essential oil, but it wouldn't be uncommon to smell peppermint in her presence, even so much as to give dad a headache at times. As we sat and reminisced about mom's life words like charitable, compassionate, friendly, and accepting came out of each of our mouths. Mom was always finding ways to serve those around her, her children feel we learned our service from mom, if a stranger needed a helping hand we would not hesitate to give it because we had the great example to live up to. It has often been said that mom was serving a mission in her assisted living home community. Often many of the residents there would not have friends or family visit them as regularly as mom had visitors. She knew their names, knew things about them, about their families, was quick to smile and say hi no matter what she was doing. She brought light and cheer to all those around her even through all the things she had to deal with physically, she always had a good attitude.
Dad mentioned that in her younger days mom would often go and visit the older single sisters in the ward, bringing them cheer when they had none. When mom was released as the stake cannery specialist a few years ago, the stake president said that she served in one calling longer than anyone else in the stake. She took every calling she was given and excelled at it. It was mentioned that among other callings she was the primary president, relief society counselor, visiting teaching supervisor (even in her assisted living home), ward librarian, stake canning specialist, nursery organizer, and as dad puts it the best home teaching companion that he's ever had.
Mom always made neighbors and friends feel invited and welcome in our home and in her presence, even some "honorary kids" lived with us at times. All of us girls remembered that mom was at our 5th grade science camp as one of the "nurses", she didn't have a degree in nursing but she often nursed us back to health. Even though dad was the one that served on the PTO it was mom that we remember spear-heading many school events, most memorable was the Santa's workshop at Adams Elementary school, were kids and adults alike could a few weeks before Christmas go into a room that was set up as a mini store and buy little trinkets and goodies for Christmas gifts. She also dressed up as a clown for the Halloween carnival at Adams as well. Mom worked in the preschool at Adams as well, where Heather remembers going with her.
Mom's homemade pizza was the best!! Bridgette remembers being by mom's side as she baked, which gave her the love of cooking and the ability to make yummy dishes, especially baked goods. Mom was an excellent seamstress; she often made our clothes as kids and always made her own dresses and many quilts. Terry remembers sitting on her lap as she sewed.
A love of mom's was camping, and she took her family to her families Heap Reunion at Green's Peak in the White Mountains of Arizona every year at the end of summer before school started. A big thing that mom is known for is her belief and knowledge of and in the spirit, she thought of a getting a priesthood blessing before she would think to visit a doctor or take some medicine. In spite of her many physical challenges mom did many amazing things. She had a positive attitude in everything she did. Mom graduated from Beauty College and worked in a salon in downtown Mesa before she met and married dad. The name of the salon was the Pink Poodle on Horne and Main Street. She saved the family tons of money as she did all of her kid's hair growing up.
Mom was well loved by all that knew her and will be greatly missed, but we will all be reunited in Heaven! Love you Mom!!
Husband: Edward Peterson
Children: Terry Peterson, Kristi Peterson, MarQuette Mason, Darin Mason, Rachelle Smith, Kent Smith, Bridgette Ridley, Josiah Ridley, Katrinna Peterson, Heather Bollschweiler, Ryan Bollschweiler.
Grandchildren: Tiffani Peterson, Kory Peterson, Dominic Peterson, Ethan Peterson, Evan Mason, Ruth Mason, Korryne Smith, Cammi Smith, Miranda Smith, Makyla Smith, Spencer Smith, Caden, Smith, Wednesday Ridley, Corbin Bollschweiler, Trenton Bollschweiler, Jayce Bollschweiler, Taite Bollschweiler.
Siblings: Janell Reed, Richard Reed, Vanita Oakes, Dave Oakes, Linda Fletcher, Mike Fletcher, Joann Postert, Bill Postert, Kenny Pulsipher, Dorothy Pulsipher
Saint Johns Cemetery
Maintained by: Rachelle P. Smith
Originally Created by: Debbie Walus
Record added: Nov 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120754400