Donna Carolyn Peterson

Peterson,Donna web picFeb. 1925 – April 2015

Donna Carolyn Peterson was born February 8, 1925 in Selma, CA to the home of Linus E. and Vera Anderson and 2 year old sister, Helen. Donna died on April 17, 2015 at the Covenant Village Care Center in Turlock, CA.

When she was 3 years old she moved with her family to San Francisco when her father obtained a position as a type setter for the Wall Street Journal. Donna was a brilliant student who graduated from high school at age 16 and from San Francisco State College with a California Teaching Credential at age 20. For the next 38 years she was employed by the San Francisco Unified School District as an Elementary School Teacher and as a Certified Reading Specialist. As a teacher, long summer vacations allowed time for extensive travel, the most memorable of which was a three month trip to Europe in 1956 with a hundred young adults from Covenant churches all across the United States.

In 1958 she married Douglas E. MacGregor, a plant manager for Schlage Lock Company in San Francisco. They were active members of First Covenant Church of San Francisco and served in numerous positions over the years including him as church chair and she as church secretary and Sunday school superintendent. Nearly every summer she volunteered hundreds of hours at Mission Springs in Santa Cruz county as a camp counselor or administrator. Donna and Doug enjoyed dozens of one or two week trips to Hawaii whenever they could get away. They stayed in luxury hotels on many of the islands.

Douglas passed away from leukemia in December 1994. On May 26, 1996 Donna married attorney Robert H. Peterson, a life long friend whose wife, Mary Ann, had died a year earlier. For the next 18 years Donna and Bob took 2 or 3 trips or cruises each year that took them to every continent of the world. In 2002 they moved from San Francisco to Covenant Village of Turlock in retirement where they have been surrounded by dozens of life long friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and sister Helen. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her sisters in law Audrey Gray and Betty Alice O’Brien; her niece Audrey Rider and nephew Donald Gray; step grandchildren Nathan R. Peterson and Britta C. Peterson.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM Saturday May 9, 2015 at Turlock Covenant Church, Laurel and High streets in Turlock, CA. Her cremains will be interred in the grave of Douglas E. MacGregor her former husband of 36 years, at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.

Peace be to her memory.


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