Loa Jean Peterson Smith
1924 ~ 2014

Loa Jean Peterson Smith, 90, of Lehi, UT passed away peacefully with her family gathered around her on November 10, 2014. Jean is the daughter of Reynold Peterson and Laura Rees. She was born in Manti, UT on September 13, 1924, weighing in at 13 pounds. Shortly after her birth they moved to Cowley, Wyoming where her brother Dee Ray was born. She grew up with cousins (Ruth, Kathleen and Ann) who were more like sisters than cousins. In her words, "She couldn't have had a more perfect childhood." She graduated salutatorian from Cowley High School and then graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wyoming. The little farm boy she grew up with, and was always found fighting on the playground, turned into a handsome naval officer. He then caught her eye and on March 25, 1946, Jean was sealed to her sweetheart, Fred Thomas Smith, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They have five children, who all agree, Jean is a wonderful mother. She always knew how to make her children feel loved. This extended to all those around her. Jean loved the Lord and served diligently her whole life in many church callings. She and Fred served two LDS couples missions, the first to Albuquerque, NM and the second to the Riverside, CA. They were married for 67 wonderful years and are happy to be reunited once again. Jean is survived by children Kent (Laurie), Fred (Marlene), Sonya (Randy), 20 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Jean is preceded in death by her eternal companion Fred, sons Dennis and Reynold and brother Dee Ray Peterson.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Lehi 33rd LDS Ward Chapel, 650 East 3200 North, Lehi, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery.

 

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