Ruth Peterman


Ruth Peterman
Nov. 16, 1925 - Aug. 27, 2011

Ruth Janet Peterman passed away of natural causes on Aug. 27, 2011, the eve of her 66th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her husband, Don; and her sons, Randy (and Linda) Peterman of Boise, Rick (and Judy) Peterman of West Richland, and Brian (and Judy) Peterman of
Atlanta. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grand children. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda (Peterman) Dunlap.

Ruth was born on Nov. 16, 1925, in Fargo, N.D. She had two brothers, one of whom was lost at sea during World War II, and another of whom has since passed away. Her caretakers during her childhood were various members of her family: her mother in North Dakota (until the age of 3); her grandmother in North Dakota (until the age of 12); and three aunts who lived in Washington, Oregon and Montana (until the
age of 18 and beyond). She owes a debt of gratitude to each of these relatives who were willing to make sacrifices during the Depression to see to Ruth's upbringing.

In 1943 Ruth attended Northwest Nazarene University, where she met her husband, Don. They were married on Aug. 28, 1944, after which Ruth worked to put her husband through college. Ruth and Don were Nazarene pastors for their entire careers. They were senior pastors at various churches in Oregon and Washington, including the Nazarene Churches in Kennewick (1954-1959) and Walla Walla (1959-1969). They then acted as senior pastors in Santa Cruz,
Calif., (1969-1979), and Upland, Calif., (1979-1987). Thereafter they acted as associate pastors at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene, Nampa, Idaho, (1987-1999), and Boise First Church of the Nazarene,
(1995-2005). While they retired in 2005, they continued in various pastoral relationships with numerous individuals throughout their lives.

Ruth taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School to thousands of kids throughout her life.
Ruth taught grade schoolers for numerous years in the public schools in Kennewick, Twin Lakes Christian School (with her daughter Linda) in Santa Cruz, Calif., and at a grade school affiliated with the Nazarene Church in Upland, Calif.

Ruth was not only a steady and gracious helpmate for her husband, she was a great mom to her children, taught them the value of working hard and being spiritually grounded, and kept the family together no matter what the circumstances. Her most infamous time was when the family purchased a 1951 two-door Chevy, for her to take the kids to various summer activities in Kennewick. The car quickly became known
as "Jerkamer," since mom's short stature made it impossible for her to reach the clutch to engage the transmission properly. While it was great fun for the kids, it doubtless bothered other drivers on the road.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Ruth's life will be held at the Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St., Meridian, Idaho 83642 on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at noon. Jerry Johnson and Tim Pusey will be officiating at the memorial service. A private burial for family members will occur before the memorial service at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in her memory to Trinity Pines Camp and Conference Center, 55 S.W. 5th Ave., Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83642.

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