Sandra Raye Peterson

1943 - 2012

Walla Walla resident, Sandra Raye Bigham Brown Peterson passed away from this life into the Lord’s arms on Dec. 18, 2012, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center.

Sandra was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Pasco, to Clyde and Marianna Bigham. They moved to Shepherd, Mich. when she was three years old along with a younger brother and sister. A year later, they moved back to Pasco where Sandra grew up. She met and married Dennis Brown there. They had four children: Dennis, Jr. “Keith”, Sherrie Klein, Desiree Pickard, and Karl Brown.

Sandra joined the U.S. Army at age 28, and had no problem keeping up with the younger recruits. Following training in Georgia, she was stationed in Germany. One of her jobs was aerial photography. She was later injured and came back to Fort Lewis until her time was up. They moved back to Pasco where she took nurses training and went to work in healthcare. Sandra loved being able to help others as a nurse. She and Dennis later divorced.

Sandra and her son Karl moved to Florida where she continued to work as a nurse. Once again she moved back to the Tri-Cities, as Washington State was home to her and continued her work as a nurse.
On Oct. 17, 1987, she and Carl Peterson were married, making their home in Walla Walla. She worked at the VA Medical Center until retirement. She was a member of the Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, at home; two daughters, Sherri (Nick) Klein, Desiree (Mark) Pickard; and son, Karl; her mother, Marianna Bigham; twelve grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Those preceding her in death were her father, Clyde; a brother, Michael; and her son, Dennis, Jr. “Keith” Brown.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the Church of Christ, 1556 Hobson Street, Walla Walla, Darius Morris will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

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