Sharon Anne DeLong Peterson of Springfield, Missouri formerly of Neodesha, Kansas died Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 in Republic, Missouri, after battling Alzheimers.
The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 7th, 2014 with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Neodesha with Father Stephen Mahn Thapwa officiating. Reciting of the Rosary will precede the Mass. Burial will follow at Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Chapel in Neodesha, Kansas.
Sharon was born on October 5, 1937, in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, to Ralph and Mary Lucille Berton DeLong. She spent her childhood in Texas and Oklahoma in the oil fields. She graduated from Sapulpa High in 1955. She attended Oklahoma State University and later graduated with a Bachelors degree in Home Economics Education. While teaching in Great Bend, she met the love of her life, Charles E. Peterson. Together they raised four kids: Paula, Karla, David and Sarah. All of their children graduated from Neodesha High. Sharon was a substitue teacher in the Neodesha School System. She later worked as an Administrative Assistant at Southeast Manufacturing in Neodesha, Noble Advertising in Springfield, and Ozarks Technical College in Springfield.
She enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, boating, genealogy and visiting Grand Lake.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Charles, and her parents. She is survived by her children and spouses: Paula and Tom Wright, Republic MO Karla and Wade Stepp, Cincinnati, OH David and Jennifer Peterson, Independence, KS, and Sarah Garbee, Republic, MO. Also by her eight siblings Ronny and Mary Lou DeLong, Kay Zapf, Charles and Lisbeth DeLong, Theresa and Ron Jones, Tom and Emilee DeLong, Stanley and Rhonda DeLong, Kevin and Patty DeLong, and Janie and Monty Elledge, and her sisterinlaw Roberta Schwartz. Also 13 grandchildren, 4 greatgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The family has suggested memorials to the Alzheimers Association and contributions may be left at the Loran Fawcett Chapel.
She was a Christian woman devoted to her faith and family. Her caring, patriotism, and funloving personality will be greatly missed.