Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 11, 2013
OBITUARY ~ DIANNA LYN (HILL) PETERS
Dianna Lyn (HILL) PETERS, age 67, died peacefully on Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital in
Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Dianna was born in Muscatine, Iowa on September 1, 1945 to Merle and Anita (BELL) HILL. Growing up, she
worked hard in her parents' grocery store and was a great older sister to her brother, Arthur (Artie) and sister, Debbie.
After graduating from Muscatine high school in 1963, she worked at Grain Processing/Kent Feeds in Muscatine as a lab
technician with many of her life-long friends. It was here that she met a young veterinary student, John PETERS.
Dianna were married August 27, 1967 in Muscatine, Iowa. Over the next few years they lived in Ames, Iowa, while John
finished his veterinary degree, and then Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Madison, Wisconsin while John served in the Army.
in Madison, daughter Amy Ann was born in 1970. They moved to Mount Ayr in 1971 to open a veterinary practice with friend
and classmate Dr. Max MEKUS. Son, Richard John (R.J.) was born in Mount Ayr in 1973.
Dianna chose to be a stay-at-home
mom which allowed her to attend nearly every school program, band concert, volleyball and football game, track meet
and wrestling match — as well as to run forgotten uniforms, homework or lunch money to school. She was her children's
greatest fan and made sure they knew they could do anything they set their minds to.
She was very involved with John's
practice, often helping out at Mount Ayr Veterinary Clinic, making Calf Claim, and answering the phone at all hours of
the night. John and Dianna also raised hogs in the 1980s and more than once found herself clipping her nails so she
could pull baby pigs. She also helped raise numerous stray dogs, cats and squirrels as well as making some questionable
animal purchases on her own such as the famous running ducks.
With the kids off to college, the pigs sold and the barns
torn down, she found her calling as a Domestic Abuse Advocate. She worked hard to keep families safe and she was
passionate about helping people turn their lives around.
She also enjoyed spending time at auctions and had a great
eye for a bargain and how to repurpose her finds into treasures.
"Aunt Di," as she was known to her large and loving
extended family in the community, could always be counted on to provide food and hugs — as well as advice and her
special form of brutal honesty.
One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren. She made it a point to spend time with
each of them and to let them know how special they were. Holidays at Grandma's house were anticipated events as she
always went overboard with food, gifts, decorations and, most of all, lots of love.
Health problems caused her to slow
down a little in the last years, but she never lost her quick wit, ability to drive too fast or desire to help other
Since Johns retirement, they became snow birds, visiting South Padre Island, Texas, each February. Dianna
enjoyed sitting in the sun and spending time with friends — especially Tom and Jan FORD.
She is survived by her best
friend and husband of 45 years, Dr. John PETERS; daughter, Amy, of Dubuque, Iowa; son, Dr. R.J. and wife Jennifer,
of Clarinda, Iowa; four grandchildren, Julia and Avery WICKHAM and Roger and Baker PETERS; sister, Debbie LANE and
husband Steve, of Muscatine, Iowa,and many adored nieces, nephews and their children.
Dianna was preceded in death by
her parents, Merle and Anita HILL, and brother, Arthur HILL.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be
given to local charities. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial services were held
on Wednesday, April 10 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Rev. Skip RUSHING officiating.
Bill SCHAEFER, Jason LYNCH, Merle WALTER, Jeff SICKELS, Larry HARDY and John FORD. Honorary pallbearers were Tom FORD,
Lyle HOGUE, Will SKINNER, Jack COOK, Bob HALEY and Mac CROSS.
Burial was in the Benton Cemetery in Benton, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2013
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