|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1886|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1959|
Katie was born 21 Jun 1886 in Bertrand, Phelps, Nebraska to Newton Crawford Westfall and Mary Jane Redman Westfall. Not much is known of her life as a child or young woman or how long she was courted before her marriage 26 Aug 1908 to August E. Peterson.
She and her husband farmed in Phelps County, Nebraska around Bertrand, until his death in 1919 leaving her a young widow (age 33), with 3 daughters and 1 son, oldest being nine and youngest being 16 months old. She tried to care for the farm, but it was to much, so she moved back to Bertrand next door to her parents, raising the children on her own by cleaning others homes.
Katie did not remarry until her children were grown and gone. Marrying Ross M. Phillips on Oct 1, 1945. He was a Veterinarian and a Veteran of WWI. Her only son (Robert Ellwyn Peterson a WWII Vet & father of 4) was killed in a car accident in California just 14 days before she became a widow again with the death of Ross in 1957.
Katie died from complacations from Diabetes on 20 Feb 1959 at the age of 72.
Surviving her upon her death where her daughters; Cleo Nadine Simmons, husband Gene, Neva Ilene Lanners, husband Bert and Welda Orlene Bothe, husband Bill. 10 Grandchildren(in order of birth)Robert Allen Peterson, Eugene Murray Simmons Jr., Billy Lee Peterson, James Dale Peterson, Janet Louise Bothe, Barbara Kay Bothe, Denise Irene Bothe, Angela Rae Bothe, Elizabeth Nadine Peterson and Rhonda Lea Bothe and 2 Great Grandchildren Kathryn Alida Peterson and Steven Eugene Peterson.
By W. Loy Frisk Simmons, Katie is Maternal Grandmother to my husband.
Newton Crawford Westfall (1844 - 1927)
Mary Jane Redman Westfall (1845 - 1926)
August E. Peterson (1880 - 1919)
Ross Marshall Phillips (1880 - 1957)
Ruby Ethelka Peterson (1909 - 1909)*
Cleo Nadine Peterson Simmons (1910 - 2004)*
Neva Ilene Peterson Lanners (1912 - 1995)*
Robert Ellwyn Peterson (1915 - 1957)*
Welda Orlene Peterson Bothe (1918 - 2012)*
Anna Amy Westfall Chase (1870 - 1925)*
Walter Eugene Westfall (1872 - 1948)*
Bessie L. Westfall Cole (1878 - 1960)*
James Garfield Westfall (1881 - 1947)*
Myra Kathryn Westfall Peterson Phillips (1886 - 1959)
Maintained by: W. Loy Frisk Simmons
Originally Created by: Diane & John
Record added: Dec 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45067828
Added: Apr. 7, 2017
Katie may your peace be sweet now that your children are again with you. Blessings to you.|
Added: Jul. 17, 2012
To my Children's Great-Grandmother and husbands Grandmother.|
Added: Dec. 17, 2009