Nora Jean Simper Jensen Petersen |

Nora Jean Simper Jensen Petersen

Nora Jean Simper Jensen Peterson of Gunnison, Utah, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, in Silt. She was 69.

She was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Salina, Utah, to George T. and Bertha Elnora Simper. She grew up and graduated from high school in Salina.

She married Newell Oras Jensen on Feb. 6, 1951. He died on Sept. 27, 1962.

She married Dewey Bach Petersen on Oct. 1, 1964.

Mrs. Petersen worked for a short time as a bartender, then entered the sheep ranching business with her husband, spending many days out on the range tending their herds. She also worked as a professional seamstress.

At home, she made quilts, afghans and shirts for her family, and she loved to dance.

She loved to make her family laugh, and told stories with great humor. In her last week, she joked with her doctors that her sense of humor was all she had left.

Mrs. Petersen was preceded in death by her first husband, Newell O. Jensen; her second husband, Dewey B. Petersen; sisters Audra Glivir, Blanche Wittke and Lois Wittke; a brother, Blair Simper; and a son, William Brent Petersen.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Stephen Newell and Alice Jensen of Silt, and Russell Lynn and Patty Jensen of Rifle; stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law Dewey Todd and Nora Ann Petersen of Gunnison, Utah, Jerry James and Tammy Petersen of Salt Lake City, and Tyler K. Petersen of Salt Lake City; stepdaughter Emma Lee Petersen of Salt Lake City; sisters and brothers-in-law Bessie Beesley of Ogden, Utah, Elaine Coates of Riverton, Utah, Mary Robinson of Winterset, Iowa, Lillian Reichert of Salt Lake City, Nell and Rulon Hyatt of Gunnison, Utah, and Carol and Larry West of Rock Springs, Wyo.; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Manti Cemetery in Manti, Utah.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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