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Grace Elaine Peterson

February 10, 1938 — January 14, 2024

Russell

Grace Elaine Peterson, 85, passed away on January 14, 2024, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. A memorial service for Grace will take place in the spring. The service details will be posted on Facebook when plans have been finalized.

Grace was born on February 10, 1938, to Floyd and Fern (Thompson) Boyles in New Virigina, Iowa. She graduated from Woodburn School in 1956. She married Jerry Danner in 1952, but returned to school to get her diploma. They had three children: John, Joe, and Debra. Grace was a diligent worker, helping on the farm while taking care of her family. She also worked in Osceola at Pamida. After 27 years of marriage, Grace and Jerry divorced. On June 22, 1985, Grace married Delmond Peterson. They moved to Russell where they enjoyed selling items at flea markets and attending bluegrass festivals.

Grace was a talented woman who mastered many different crafts. She learned how to play the piano by ear, and eventually learned how to read music. Her talents led her to play at Last Chance, Bethel, and Russell Churches. She enjoyed getting together with her family for “Jam Sessions.”

Grace was also a wonderful cook and often would prepare meals for the men working in the fields. She was a talented seamstress who made most of her clothes and well as her family’s. She could embroider and made many quilts and Afghans which she gifted to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Grace was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was always there for her family. Grace was honest, kind, and a true loyal friend. Always wise and caring, she gave the best advice and was never afraid to speak her mind.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmond; sons, John Danner and Joe Danner; sisters, Ruth Sterns and Ina Boydstun; brother, Wayne Boyles; baby great grandson, Travis Forkner; and her life-long friend, Iva Bachman.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Deb (Gary) Storm of Chariton; grandchildren, Rachel (Brandon) Langford of Derby, Tom (Hannah) Langford of Maryville, Jena (Kyle) Wylie of Chariton, Angela Forkner of Ankeny, Amy Forkner of Ankeny, Adam Forkner of Humeston, Jerry Danner of Derby, James Danner of Derby, Jessica (Tom) Randall of Lucas, and Joel Danner of Derby; daughter in-law, Bernice Danner of Derby; sixteen great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and a host of other family. She also leaves behind her cat, Sassy.

Any condolences may be directed to Deb Storm at 32571 555th St., Chariton, IA. 50049.

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