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Sunday December 26th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Union Valley Bible Church
Monday December 27th, 2021

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Elaine Joyce (Friesen) Peterson

Elaine Joyce (Friesen) Peterson, 81, passed away peacefully with her four children by her side Tuesday December 21, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Jim Peterson and is survived by Bonnie (Rob) Whitley Goddard KS, Becky Kaufman McPherson KS, Penny (Jim) Dirks Kathleen GA, Brent (Chelsea) Peterson Olathe KS, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and close friend and companion Ronnie Strauss.
Elaine was born November 16, 1940, in Hillsboro Kansas daughter of Henry (Hank) and Matilda (Tillie) Friesen.
Elaine married James (Jimmy) Peterson June 22, 1958, at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church in Inman, Kansas. They were married 50 years before Jim passed in 2010.
Spending the better part of her working years on the family dairy farm west of Inman, she was first to rise and often the last to bed, always preparing a warm meal for the family and anyone else who sat at her table. Elaine loved life on the farm, being neighborly, her family, traveling, singing, and entertaining. Her true love was Jesus and the church, staying active in bible studies and often singing on Sunday. Elaine was active in retirement and never let any “grass” grow under her feet as she always kept the wheels on her car “hot.” Never missing an opportunity to laugh with friends and family she was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Public visitation will be held Sunday evening December 26, 2021, with family present at Inman Funeral Home from 5-7pm followed by a celebration of life service Monday, December 27, 2021, at 11:00 Union Valley Bible Church Hutchinson KS. Memorial services will be live streamed on the funeral home facebook page. They will also be live streamed at www.unionvallybiblechurch.com or on the church's facebook page or youtube channel. Memorials may be made to the Union Valley Bible Church in care of the funeral home. To leave condolences for the family, visit: www.inmanfh.com.

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Dear family ,
I only learned of Elaine's homegoing after returning from traveling overseas this week.

Im sure I share your shock and heartbreak at the loss of such a vibrant person. I knew Elaine all my life as we shared church life and singing in a trio together all of high school. We travelled together 2 years ago to spend time with the 3rd member of our trio. I thoroughly enjoyed those few days together.
Im deeply saddened by your loss and I will miss her.
Prayers for God's comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Naomi Kaufman Jan 1 2022 1:10 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elaine (Friesen) Peterson

Lorna Haskins Dec 30 2021 10:05 AM

Our condolences and deepest sympathy to all of Elaine's family. Her joyous and uplifting personality will be missed by many.

Diana and Jack Kranz Dec 28 2021 4:09 PM

Our sympathies to the family. Wonderful memories of her boundless energy and infectious smile from many great times; especially at the Friesen campouts.

Connie & Eugene Rogalsky family Dec 28 2021 2:19 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elaine (Friesen) Peterson

Dwight and Pam Knackstedt Dec 27 2021 11:40 AM

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal." May loved ones find comfort in this quote.

Gene & Arlene Becker Dec 27 2021 10:20 AM

We are so glad we were able to meet Elaine. She was such a vibrant woman who was always smiling! Peace to her family as they continue to carry on her legacy. Ruby, Wesley and Wanda Kuhns

Wanda Kuhns Dec 27 2021 10:05 AM

A candle is lit for my amazing grandmother. Love you.

Tyler Whitley Dec 26 2021 11:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Elaine (Friesen) Peterson

Wayne Wilson Dec 26 2021 9:41 AM

We extend our sympathies and are sending prayers for comfort to the family.

Brian and Judy Gallagher Dec 25 2021 5:11 PM

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