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AGE: 88


ADDRESS: 506 E. Allman, Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8 AM Monday, April 30 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 8 weeks most recently under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Monday, May 7 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford


OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs


INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: Community United Church of Christ, Medford from 9 – 11 AM on Monday, May 7


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 16, 1929 at Medford


EDUCATION: Medford Elementary Schools, 1947 graduate of Medford High School; 1951 received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Central State Teachers College in St. Point; 1970 received a Master of Science in Home Economics Education from UW-Stevens Point


MARRIAGE: July 19, 1952 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford to Leon A. Pope and he preceded her in death February 14, 1998


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: In her youth, she was a member of 4-H. She served as a 4-H university extension agent in Price County the summer of 1957. She taught home economics at the following schools: Bonduel, Owen, Dorchester, Rib Lake & started the home economics department at Medford Junior High/Middle School and taught home economics for 24 years, retiring in 1992. She was active in teacher organizations including the Medford Education Association, 1st president, chief negotiator and contract maintenance chair; The Central WI UniServ Council-West-Retired life membership; the WI Education Association Council-Retired life membership; and National Education Association-Retired life membership. She enjoyed her cottage on Sacketts Lake and her pet dogs/cats.


MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ, Medford where she was a past member of its Woman’s Guild, choir and church council; AARP; Past member of Blue Monday’s Ladies Bowling League & American Home Economics Association, WI Home Economics Association and WI Home Economics in Secondary & Elementary Education; Member of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and of Taylor County. Was a delegate from the 7th CD to the National Democratic Convention in 1980, 1984 & 1996


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – David L. Pope on 11-28-15


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Yvonne (Leon) Brost of Medford & Lynette Peterson of Madison


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Stillborn brother – William Morgan Peterson


DECEASED FATHER: George Peterson




PALLBEARERS: Ron Mushel, Jeff Hemer, Doug & Dan Brost


OTHER INFORMATION: Survived by many Nieces/Nephews, Grand Neices/Nephews & Cousins

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either Hope Hospice of Medford, Community United Church of Christ, Medford or the Medford Education Foundation – Scholarship Fund

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