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Obituary for Nila Yvonne Peterson

Nila Yvonne  Peterson
Nila Yvonne Peterson, age 81, of Murrieta, California, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the Murrieta Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Nila was born in Clearfield,Pennsylvania, December 31, 1936, one of three daughters, to Eva and Malcolm Smith. She moved to Philadelphia after graduation, and worked as a dance instructor at the Arthur Murray School of Dance before starting a career with GTE Sylvania as an executive secretary. After marrying Harold “Pete” F. Peterson, Jr. on May 16, 1964 at St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca Falls, New York, she was a stay-at-home mom for many years before re-entering the workforce and retiring from Wacker Silicones, Irvine, California.

Nila never learned to swim, but she loved the ocean. Her family often camped and traveled up and down the coast of California. She and her husband were fortunate to travel abroad a few times, and go on adventures with their children, and grandchildren. She also loved to do ceramics, but her passion was sewing. She often made clothes and costumes for her children, and in later years became a passionate quilter. She traveled to quilting shows all over the United States with her cherished quilting friends. She loved colorful batik and floral fabrics.

Nila is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. She is survived by her beloved family - husband, Harold; her daughters, Juliana Everitt (Daniel), Deanna Harris (Bobby), and Christina Peterson; her son, Troy Peterson (Angela); her grandchildren, Freddy McKenney (Megan Shope), Karen McKenney, Cody Harris, Courtney Harris, Brooke Peterson and Natalie Peterson; her great grandchildren, Adriyana McKenney and Lincoln McKenney;; her sisters Phyllis Terry and Grace Hart; godson, Matthew Hines; and her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Nila touched are invited to attend a funeral mass on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martha Catholic Church located at 37200 Whitehead Road, Murrieta, California.
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