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Sandra L. Peterson, 59

Sandra Lee Peterson, age 59, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Russell, Iowa July 6, 1949, to Clarence and Dorothy (Brown) Turner.

Sandra was raised in Iowa, and after getting married, lived and worked in West Virginia, Florida, California, Utah, and Texas.

Sandra worked as a beautician, computer operator, real estate agent, Mary Kay representative, bookkeeper, and homemaker.

A loving wife, mother, and aunt, she was full of fun and laughter, and always loved a good joke, a fine glass of wine, and a good game of Bunco. One of her happiest times was when she volunteered at her daughter’s school, helping special needs children, while living in Florida.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Lloyd Peterson of Austin; a daughter, Marissa, of Pflugerville, TX; a son, Eric Peterson of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren Lucas and Misty Peterson of Vancouver, WA; a sister, Pat Rayburn and husband, Jack, of Round Rock, TX; and brothers Jim Turner and wife, Julie, of Fairfield, CT; and Gary Turner and wife, Deanna, of Diagonal, IA.

She is further survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, including Clarence and Elaine Peterson of Minneapolis, Gary and Shirley Peterson of Cokato, Jan Gilmer of Howard Lake, and Carol and Willard Jarvi of Cokato; aunts and uncles, Carol Gummert of Cassville, MO, and Mary and Craig Henderson of San Francisco, CA; and her two very close friends, Jamie and Trey Machu of Pflugerville, TX.

She was adored by her many nieces and nephews which include Dustyn and Amy Turner, Jeremy and Robin Sutton; Stephanie and Rinnie Swanson, Bryan Daniel and Brianna Carruthers, Jamie and Zara Turner, Marilyn, Mike, and David Peterson, Cary, Jerrol, Janell and Jennifer Peterson; Troy Jarvi, Preston Gilmer, Annette Peterson, Lucinda Peterson and Laura Peterson.

Sandra was preceded in death by a daughter, Libby; and her parents, Clarence and Dorothy Turner.

Funeral services took place in Texas.