Faye Elizabeth Bradeen Peterson was born in Crawford, Neb., Feb. 2, 1922. When she was 6 months old the family moved to the Limestone Ranch near Custer, S.D., where they remained for five years. They then moved to Bear Mountain Ranch, which was one stop of the stagecoach route. Faye attended grade school at a country school southeast of the ranch and rode her horse to school every day. She graduated from Custer High School in 1940.
Faye was married to Erven Forrest Peterson June 14, 1940, at the family ranch. They moved to rural Woonsocket, S.D., and farmed there for five years before moving to rural Cavour, S.D., where they lived until 1984. They then retired from farming, moved to Custer and enjoyed many years of exploring every back road in the Black Hills.
Faye will be remembered for her love of family, jigsaw puzzles and baking goodies to share with others. Her famous “Aunt Faye Cake” sold at the family reunion auction for $200.
Faye died peacefully at the Hospice of the Hills Feb. 17, 2018. She was 96.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erven; parents, Bert and Myrtle; sister, Hazel Johnson; brothers, Marvin (Beulah), Howard (Dorothy) and Robert (Norma); infant brothers Forrest and Bert; nephew, Larry Johnson; and niece, Nancy Bradeen Hendrickson.
Faye is survived by her daughters, Carol (Norman) Tschetter, Linda (John) Knox and Susan McNaboe; extended family, Todd Tschetter (Michele Kohler) and his son Geddy, Kelley (Michael) Tschetter Herman and son, Damon, Jayne (Clark) Knox Kraemer, daughter Allyson (Nick) Kraemer Formanek and son Justin Kraemer, Timothy McNaboe and children Ben, Jake and Elliott, and Kale (April) McNaboe and daughters Cloe, Abby and Sophie.
The extra delight of her life was the Jan. 5 birth of her great-great-granddaughter, Maren Faye Formanek. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.