OBITUARY: Julia Peterson

Peterson, Julia Cole “Jua” Age 86, passed on peacefully at home at Meridian Manor surrounded by her daughters on March 28, 2011.

Daughter of the late Charles & Catherine Cole of Robinson Bay. Jua grew up on Lake Minnetonka skiing and sailing with three sisters and one brother, Frances Cole Owen of Red Lodge, MT, Catherine Cole “Baba” Finch of Wayzata, Carolyn Cole Schwantes of Wayzata, and Charlie Cole of Basalt, CO. Sixteen nieces and nephews.

Married to John R. Huff, and survived by their three daughters, Carolyn Huff Binford of Redmond, WA, Susan Huff (Jim) Clough of Chesterfield, MO, and Mary Huff of Cokato.

Preceded in death by her wonderful grandson, James Ross “Jimmer” Newman. Also, preceded in death by her second husband, Cyrus S. Peterson; and survived by three step-children, Spencer (Victoria) Peterson of Minneapolis, Melissa Peterson of Oklahoma City, and Janet Peterson (Bob) Garnaas of Eden Prairie, and eleven grandchildren.

A graduate of West High School in Minneapolis and Principia College in Elsah, IL with a B.A. in Studio Art. A member of Alpha Phi Sorority. Jua has been a lifelong traveler, collector, interior decorator, painter, sculptor, student, and lover of fine arts. Jua took art classes at the Minnetonka Art Center, the Atelier School, and the River School and painted in Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, Florida, Mexico, and all over Europe.

She was a longtime member of Woodhill Country Club, a member of Wayzata Community Church, and the Colonial Dames, and supported the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Twin Cities Opera Guild, the Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Deephaven and Wayzata Historical Societies, The Blake School, Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, Plymouth Creek Center, public radio and television.

Jua was a member of OWTG, Miscellaneous Club, La Bonne Douzaine, Tuesday Talkers, Canterbury Ups, several book clubs and bridge groups. She leaves many wonderful friends, old and new. She was content and grateful and always maintained a spiritual poise that carried her through her life.

Memorials may be made to the Twin Cities Opera Guild, 1043 Grand Ave., #189, St. Paul, MN 55105; the Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N. First St., Minneapolis, MN 55401 or any of the other organizations listed above.

Mom did not wish to have a memorial service, but she would be thrilled to know that her friends will go out and visit a museum, play bridge, attend a lecture, wrestle with a grandchild, paint a picture, hear a symphony, read a book, take a trip, cook a gourmet meal, attend church, volunteer in the community, re-decorate a home, listen to an opera, play bingo, or sail a boat to win the race.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

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