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December 2, 2008
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Virginia Bennett Peters

Virginia Bennett Peters, age 73, of Boise, Idaho, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at her home. A Rosary Vigil will take place from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village. A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with the Rev. Bill Nadeau officiating.

Ginny was born June 5, 1935, the beloved fifth child of James G. and Lillian Taylor Bennett. She attended elementary school in Minneapolis, Minn. and Palm Beach, Fla., and graduated from West High School in Minneapolis. She attended Stanford University until her marriage at Woodside, Calif., on Aug. 29, 1953, to her lifelong partner and friend, Steven Benedict Peters. Seven children soon followed, with the Peters making their first family home in San Jose, Calif.

As the children matured, Ginny returned to her education and obtained her medical transcription degree. She was employed as a medical transcriber in radiology until her move to Incline Village in June 1977. She served the Lake Tahoe medical community for several years.

Ginny loved to read and the challenge of a good crossword puzzle. She was always up for a game of cards. She traveled extensively and loved floating the Snake River in the fall and combing the beach in the winter. She was an accomplished cross stitcher, creating beautiful tapestries. Her unwavering devotion to her family and the love of many friends defined her.

A special thanks to St. Luke's Hospice.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and a volunteer to At Risk Youth.

Ginny is survived by her husband, Steven B. Peters of Incline Village; siblings, Russell M. Bennett of Deep Haven, Minn.; Louise Long of McLean, Va.; Lillian Markoe of Wayzata, Minn. and Tom Bennett of Minneapolis, Minn.; children, Steven B. Peters, Jr. of Bend, Ore.; Mary Leigh Ray of Minden; Robert W. Peters of Nampa, Idaho; Virginia Anne Umphress of Boise, Idaho; Helen Tilley of Fairfield, Calif. and Catherine Gauger of Apple Valley, Minn.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved brother, James G. Bennett IV, and her beloved son, Raymond E. Peters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Catholic charity of your choice or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 2, 2008 08:36PM Published Dec 2, 2008 08:33PM Copyright 2008 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.