Sun City West teacher, writer celebrates 100th birthday - Your West Valley News: Suncitywest

Sun City West teacher, writer celebrates 100th birthday

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:45 pm

Sun City West resident Mary Nygaard Peterson celebrated her 100th birthday recently with family and friends. Peterson was born during a Minnesota blizzard on Jan. 20, 1911, and was the eleventh of 12 children born to Norwegian immigrants.

Peterson started school at age 9 and completed all 12 grades in seven years. She completed a year of teachers’ college and began teaching at the age of 16 in rural, one-room schools while attending college during the summers and working on her bachelor of science degree through correspondence courses. Upon completion, she began a 49 year teaching career and earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces and took writing courses from the Universities of Oklahoma, Iowa and Wisconsin.

 Peterson was also a freelance writer who wrote Sunday school lessons for teenagers and educational materials. She sold many folk tale adaptations to plays, and also contributed articles to other periodicals such as the Denver Post, the Lutheran Herald and the Daily News-Sun.

 She was married to William (Pat) Peterson until his death in 1977.  She has one daughter, Carol Navarrete and grandchildren.

 When asked her secret of longevity, Peterson said it was surviving the Depression by living on oatmeal and prunes, and having to walk everywhere, even in the frigid Minnesota winters.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.

Wild Horse West

Tell Us What You Think!

Loading…

NCPDP Announces Call for Proposals for its 2017 Annual Technology & Business Conference

Deadline to submit a proposal is September 2, 2016 SCOTTSDALE, AZ (PRWEB) June 27, 2016 NCPDP announced today the call for proposals for its 2…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 10:49 am @ http://www.bioportfolio.com/news/article/2758928/N…

16 Moments That Led Democrats to Stop Playing Scared on Guns

When then-Senator and Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama was caught on tape musing about “bitter” Americans who “cling to guns or religion” i…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 10:06 am @ https://www.thetrace.org/2016/06/democrats-vs-nra-…

Watch out Donald Trump, Arizona Might Just be Going for Hillary Clinton

Miriam Wasser A A Given the amount of love and attention Donald Trump has heaped on Arizona in the past year, you'd think he'd have the state …

Published: June 27, 2016 - 10:05 am @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/watch-out-dona…

Morning Break: Doc Suicide Film; Stop That or You'll Go Blind; Insulin Pump Anger

"Physicians have the highest rate of suicide among any profession": Pamela Wible, MD, is raising funds for a documentary on the phenomenon. Th…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 10:04 am @ http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Depression/58769

Ousted teachers learn a lesson: Don’t badmouth your kids online

Topics: Blackstone Valley Prep, Education, rhode island, Slack, Social Media, Life News “We can all blow off steam, right?” observes the fathe…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 10:02 am @ http://www.salon.com/2016/06/27/ousted_teachers_ge…

“I can’t believe you’re supporting Donald Trump”: Jan Brewer stuns Martin O’Malley with refusal to acknowledge Trump’s campaign of bigotry

Topics: Bigotry, CNN, Donald Trump, Election 2016, Elections 2016, Jan Brewer, Martin O’Malley, Racism, Video, Video News, Elections News, Med…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 9:03 am @ http://www.salon.com/2016/06/27/i_cant_believe_you…

Racist incidents in the wake of Brexit won't be tolerated, warns David Cameron

Driving in Canada Canada - a home away from home Canada, it's time to change! Living with a disability in Indo-Canadian society The empire str…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 9:07 am @ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Ra…

Americans are paying more to live in the very places they once abandoned

America's urban downtowns were neglected for decades, abandoned for newer malls in the suburbs and bigger homes on the edge of town. The const…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 9:06 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/0…

How Following Your Bliss Can Lead to Better Business

Are you following your bliss? Are you working on what you’re most passionate about? Have you been willing to let go of all of your comforts an…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 9:02 am @ http://www.convinceandconvert.com/podcasts/episode…

Trying to get Maricopa County to respond to a privacy concern? Good luck with that!

As I’ve lamented (ok, bitched) many times: trying to notify an entity of a privacy or data security concern can be time-consuming and frustrat…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 8:48 am @ https://www.databreaches.net/trying-to-get-maricop…

Facebook

YourWestValley.com on Facebook

Twitter

YourWestValley.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to YourWestValley.com via RSS

RSS Feeds