Obituary: Betty Peterson, 81, Lebanon


Betty Peterson, 81, of Lebanon, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Baptist Health Lexington. She was born Oct. 11, 1936, in Washington County. She was a loving mother, homemaker, and partner with her husband in building a thriving farm in St. Mary’s. After her children were raised, she found continued fulfillment in her work as a secretary for the Marion County Soil Conservation office and later as a tour guide for Maker’s Mark Distillery. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. “Cat” Peterson (2011); one daughter, Pamela Peterson; one son, Scott Peterson; her parents, Joseph Scott and Mary Houston Rudd Lanham; one sister, Eleanor Morrison; and two brothers, Jimmy Lanham and Kenny Lanham.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Schlich (Jim) of Lexington and Lorrie Goodwin (Jack) of Madison, Wisc.; one daughter-in-law, Virginia Greenwell Peterson Hardesty of Lexington; two sons, John Peterson (Kathy) of Lexington and Dan Peterson (Pearl) of Versailles; three sisters, Eunice Ann Nally (Victor), Judy Gordon (Bruce) and Connie Kays (Mike), all of Springfield; two brothers, Scott Lanham (Cathy) of Jamestown, N.C. and Fred Lanham (Marsha) of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 675 Highway 327, Lebanon with the Rev. David Naylor officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at the Mattingly Funeral Home, 195 Holy Cross Road, Loretto, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with Deacon Joseph R. Dant.

Memorials donations may go to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard c/o Danny Donahue, 80 Melody Dr., New Haven, KY 40051.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Eric Schlich, Jared Peterson, Shawn Peterson, Justin Peterson, Charlie Peterson and John Michael Goodwin.

The Mattingly Funeral Home in Loretto is in charge of arrangements.


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