Amy E. Pederson age 97 of Walnut Grove passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment is in the church cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service - Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Amy Elenor Pederson was born September 29, 1914 to Albert and Susanna (Lunde) Pederson. She was born and raised on the family farm northeast of Walnut Grove, along with her brother, Kermit, and sisters, Evelyn and Lillian. Amy was the youngest in her family. She was named by her older sister after a character in a book she was reading. Amy and her siblings attended country school District 42, about a mile from their farm. Her favorite subject was Geography. Amy enjoyed being outside and helping out around the farm, especially with the animals. She often took care of the chickens and their eggs, and helped out in the garden. Amy liked animals, particularly cats and dogs, and she had a pet dog when she was young, named Gyp. Her upbringing on the farm was a very peaceful one. Amy learned how to read notes and play piano from her sister Evelyn. Amy was a lifelong member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. One of her fondest memories was of her confirmation day at St. Olaf, where she was also baptized as a baby. She always enjoyed keeping up with church news. Amy continued to live on the family farm with her brother, Kermit, after their parents passed away. She helped out on the farm for many years until they built a house in town and moved to Walnut Grove. Kermit and Amy traveled the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana. She loved the mountains of western Montana and Mount Rushmore of South Dakota the best. Over the years her hobbies have included embroidery and tatting. She liked reading, and her favorite book was Little Women, and she also keeps her Bible handy, which she received as a birthday gift one year.
Amy is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings: Kermit, Evelyn, and Lillian.