Gladys Faith Peterson

Gladys Faith (Hansell) Peterson was born May 10, 1919, to George Washington Hansell and Susan Lorena (Selby) Hansell in Faith, SD. Gladys, 99, passed away May 24, 2018, at Prestige Assisted Living in Kalispell, MT.
    Through her youth, she herded sheep, worked as a housekeeper, candeled eggs on a chicken farm, as a laundress at Ft. Meade, and housekeeping. Gladys finally ended up working at the home of Tello and Lisa Peterson, where she met Harvey Peterson.  
    Gladys and Harvey married July 19, 1937. They farmed at Opal, in Meade County, living in the sod house on the Harvey Talley ranch. In 1939, they moved to Sturgis for a short time, then to Faith, then returning to Opal.  There they farmed and ran the Moree store. Gladys said she always wished for a house with a lot of bedrooms, so in 1961 they moved to Faith and purchased the West Hotel. (Be careful what you wish for!) They ran the hotel for 20 years and farmed north of Faith.
    They had four children, Lois Luverne Peterson, Mark LeRoy Peterson, Sr., Marilynn Joyce Peterson Aasheim, and Carl Harvey Peterson, Sr.  The couple loved to dance. As babysitting was not the norm, the children were always taken to the dances. There they learned to dance and socialize.  When it became late the children were put on the benches, and slept covered with coats. The adults continued to dance and visit with their friends. Gladys’ profile said she could ’Kick as high as the Rockettes.’
    Gladys enjoyed traveling with Harvey and her family. She had visited much of the United States. She was fortunate to be able to attend two world fairs, Dollywood, Branson, MO, plus many more sites. The best travels were close to home to Mount Rushmore, Dinosaur Park and Wall Drug, which occurred almost every time the family was together.
    After retiring, she volunteered at the Senior Center. She was instrumental in opening the Faith Legion Community Hall. There she served as Treasurer for 24 years, helped with the distribution of commodities, rummage sales, hunter's dinners, and other community events.
    In 2013, Gladys moved to Kalispell, MT to live with her daughter, Marilynn. In July 2017 Gladys moved in to Prestige Assisted Living.
    Gladys is survived by her daughter, Marilynn Aasheim, Kalispell, MT; son, Carl Sr., (Judy) Peterson of Rapid City; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Peterson, Jonesborough, TN; grandchildren, Lois (Terry) Heckman, Loveland, CO, Lester Jr. (Valarie Jaxson) Kalispell, Joyce (Darrel) Bosket, Kalispell, Mark Jr. (Linda) Peterson, Harriman,TN, Shanna Jones, Dunkirk, IN, Carl Peterson Jr., Opal, SD, and Michelle McGraw (Tom Kjenstad), Newell, SD; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, George and Susan Hansell; husband, Harvey; daughter, Lois; son, Mark, Sr. (Nina); son-in-law, Lester Aasheim; sisters, Laverne (Ercile) Gaumer, and Betty (Farnham) and Clifford Hardacre; brothers, Robert (Bernie) Faler, George (Eve) Faler, Franklin (Mary) Walker, Zachary Peterson, and Sharilyn Peterson; and friend, Joseph Overland.
    Viewing will be Thursday, May 31, 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.  Viewing continues Friday, June 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Faith Legion Community Hall, Faith, SD.
    Funeral services wer held Friday, June 1, 2018, at Faith Legion Community Hall, with Interment at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
    Memorials can be made to Faith Legion Community Hall, Lions Club, or an organization of your choice in Gladys Peterson’s name.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at

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