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Obituary: ERICKSON, DOROTHY UDALL PETERSON

Published: Sunday, Sept. 21 2014 12:38 a.m. MDT

Dorothy Udall Peterson Erickson1921 ~ 2011Dorothy Udall Peterson Erickson passed away Friday, October 14, 2011 due to complications from a fall and the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. Born June 14, 1921 in Holbrook, AZ to David and Aurora Mariger Udall, she had two younger brothers, Lawrence M. Udall (died Oct. 5, 2011) and D. Gordon Udall (Phoenix, AZ). Her family moved to Salt Lake City early in her life. She loved to play baseball, kick the can and sled down steep hills with the boys. She attended Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and East High (class of 1938). She married Lyman K Peterson on June 28, 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple. Lyman was a decorated, wounded artillery officer in the U.S. Army who preceded her in death on March 22, 1993. They raised five children, Linda Peters (John Hawck) Elk Grove, CA; Judith (died age 7); Carol (David) Shorten, SLC, UT; Alice (Bill) Sweetland, Portland, OR; and Eric Peterson, Rio Linda, CA.After the war they moved to Long Beach, CA. Dorothy was an early leader in the Cooperative Nursery Movement, a Girl Scout leader who took her Mariner Scouts to the International Girl Scout house, "Our Cabana", in Mexico, served on the local board of the American Field Service, and was PTA President at Emerson Elementary. She used her personal inheritance to see that all of her children played musical instruments. She completed her Bachelor's Degree from San Jose State becoming a first grade teacher. She later earned her Master's Degree in Reading Education from Sacramento State. She taught many children in the Sacramento, CA area how to read. In addition, she was a very successful business woman who invested wisely and profitably. She was clearly a woman ahead of her time, courageous and intelligent, a most remarkable woman. She loved to travel and her family enjoyed many wonderful camping trips and family reunions. She was a faithful member of the LDS Church with a rich spiritual background.After Lyman's passing, she married Joseph Glen Erickson, a fellow East High classmate on August 4, 1995. She relocated to Salt Lake City near her childhood home. Dorothy served with Glen in the Salt Lake Temple for seven years until her health declined. She lavished great care and love on her nine grandchildren and her 14 great grandchildren. A highlight was taking the whole family on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. She also dearly loved Glen's children, Carl (Shauna) Erickson, Christine (Ray) Wagstaff, John (Kris) Erickson, David (Teri) Erickson, and Glen's 16 grandchildren.The family is especially grateful for the professionalism and compassionate care of Diane Johnson, RN, her home nurse and the staff of Sunrise at Holladay and Emeritus Assisted Living Center Memory Unit.Services will be held on Friday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the Colonial Hills Ward, 1455 South 1700 East, SLC. A viewing will be on Thursday, October 20th at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South from 6 8 p.m. and Friday at the church from 11:45 12:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online condolence at larkinmortuary.com