On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Ruth Christine Abramson Peterson Bechtel, 97, passed away peacefully at her home.

She was born June 26, 1915 on a homestead in Berger, Idaho to Charles and Sylvia Abramson. At the age of four, they moved to Lakeview, Ore. along with Irwin (Frosty) only one year old and launched the Rocking A Ranch, where she grew up.

Ruth loved gardening, canning and games. She was the ''Pinochle Queen.'' In her later years, she played the organ when she wasn't traveling and visiting her many friends and family.

She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1932 and after receiving "The Daly Fund Scholarship" she attended Oregon State University and graduated with a BA in business in 1936. During the summers she was a camp cook for a logging crew.

After college Ruth resided in San Francisco, Calif., where she worked at the Presidio staffing the Military Civilian Crew. Her father's sudden death on the ranch called her back to Lakeview to be with her mom. There, she worked as a bank teller.

Ruth loved parties, and it was at a dance in Klamath Falls, Ore., where she met her future husband, Maurice O. (Pete) Peterson. They were married in 1952.

Pete and Ruth had two children, Gary and Susan and raised them on a small farm in Boise.

Ruth worked many years as secretary in the Math Department at Boise State University. She was a leader of Women of the Church for 54 years. She was very active in all aspects of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. For the past five years, she had been a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside, where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Ron Jetter. Ruth died at the age of 97.

She is survived by son, Gary (Joan) Peterson of Lake Oswego, Ore., Clay and Andrew; daughter, Sue (Ron) Jetter of Sunnyside, Alex and Jill; Susan (Jim) Durst of Boise, Katie and Blake; Diane (Rich) Powell of Meridian, Idaho, Andrea and Georgia; Mike Bechtel of Boise, Chris and Brandi; Carol (Alice) Bechtel of Grass Valley, Calif., Paul and Donna.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Cassia and Shoshone in Boise, with burial to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.

Remembrances in Ruth's name may be made to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside or Heartlinks Lower Valley Hospice in Sunnyside.

Condolences to the family may be left at

Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise, Idaho is in charge of arrangements.


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