Dorothy Anne (Arpan) Peterson

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June 5, 1926 – January 7, 2019

Dorothy Anne Peterson, 92, of Gillette, WY, died Monday, January 7, 2019 in Gillette.

Dorothy was born in Newell on June 5, 1926 to George C. and Hazel (Gadsden) Arpan. In her youth, she lived at Hoover, where she got to spend a great deal of time with her favorite aunt, Alice Hoover, and cousin, Don Hoover, riding horses, hiking the prairies, and loving animals. She moved into Newell, where she graduated from high school in 1944.

Dorothy met the love of her life at a dance in Belle Fourche and married Edward A. Nash in 1950. Together they had three children— Sandy, Gary, and Deb.

Edward died in an accident in Homestake Mine in November 1963, leaving her a young widow with three children to raise. She was Whitewood town auditor for many years, and then worked at Wingspread (Sky Ranch for boys) in Sturgis as a secretary until she retired.

In 1967, she married Howard Peterson and they spent a lot of time camping and fishing. She supported Howard and Deb at their horse events by cooking up fried chicken and potato salad at 5 in the morning and then timing events at the play days, rodeos, and ropings. She was Deb’s biggest fan; not many barrel racers had their 90-year-old mother in the stands cheering her on. Dorothy and Howard divorced in 2012.

 

 

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