Mary “Beth” Peters, 78, third daughter born to Francis A. and Helen P. (Vanderloop) Peters was born in Hay Springs on April 24, 1941. She died in her home in Chicago on June 28, 2019.
Mary attended school in Hay Springs where she graduated in 1959. Mary the attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Omaha and graduated in 1963.
Mary worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for a year. She then went to New York City and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital for two years.
Mary joined the first group of Peace Corp volunteers. She was sent to Bucaramanga, Columbia, in South America for two and a half years. When her time in the Peace Corp was done, she and a Peace Corp friend took a six month tour on a motorcycle through parts of South America, Central America and the United States. Upon her return home she moved to Chicago, where she worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Visiting Nurses of Chicago.
Mary signed up with the Whittaker Corp, where she worked for seven and a half years in Saudi Arabia as a nurse, this gave her the opportunity to travel the world over.
Mary returned to Chicago and worked as a nurse at different schools throughout the city, which she did until retirement. She was also able to attend Loyola University and the University of Illinois where she earned her Master’s Degree.
Mary was an avid reader and very active politically. She was proud that she was able to shake hands with both John and Robert Kennedy. She also campaigned for Barack Obama.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Carol Russell and Rita Peters, one brother-in-law William McCarter.
Mary is survived by two sisters Patricia McCarter of Hay Springs and Lois (Mike) Rupe and one brother Ronald (Connie) Peters and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is being planned for August 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church.
A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.