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March 13, 1923 - Oct 21, 2013 EDMOND Wynema Lee Peterson, 90, of Edmond, passed away at home on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2013, at Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City. Wynema was an avid reader and loved to talk about what she read. Her tastes in literature ran from Shakespeare to crime novels, Mark Twain to P.G. Wodehouse. She loved to discuss current events and politics with friends and family. She instilled her love of reading and education in her children and grandchildren, who credit her in no small part with their ongoing engagement with literature and their interest in all the wonders the world has to offer. She continued her mentoring of children as a longtime tutor with the Whiz Kids program. A gregarious woman with a big laugh, Wynema enjoyed -- and was adept at telling -- a good joke or a good story. She could converse with anyone about anything. A great cook and hostess, she loved to make dinner for family and friends. "Granny" always had coffee cans full of cookies for the grandchildren. Wynema Lee Ward was born on March 13, 1923, in Oklahoma City to Wynema Clark (Crabtree) Ward and Everett Ward. After graduating from Classen High School in 1941, she married Harold E. "Pete" Peterson on Dec. 6, 1943. They had four daughters and lived in Oklahoma City and Edmond. Wynema and Pete traveled widely visiting all 50 states, Canada, and Europe. They were members of Mayflower Congregational Church. Wynema is survived by her husband of 69 years; their four daughters, Chris (David) Shaw, Ann (Brad) Ward, Sally (Peter) Morgan, and Ellen (Dennis) Eggleston; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John Boswell and his wife Jean; two nieces, and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Ward. As a final act of teaching, Wynema willed her body to OU Medical School. Memorial contributions may be made to Mayflower Congregational Church Whiz Kids Program.

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 27, 2013
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