Viola L Petersen

7/14/1928 ~ 10/28/202

Viola L. Petersen 92, peacefully returned to her Heavenly Father on October 28, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born to George Lake and Agnes Maria Guymon Lake on July 14, 1928. She is the youngest of 13 children. She was an avid quilter. She quilted most of her life. One of her favorite things to do with all the quilts she made was to give them to her family and friends.
Viola was a long standing member of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP). She enjoyed working in many different positions over the years. The highlight of her month was going to club and playing games with her friends. She also loved to volunteer in many positions over the years. She especially liked working in the local voting booth.
Viola is survived by her son Charles Mortensen; daughter-in-law, Cathy Mortensen; sons, Earl (Shelly) Petersen, and Jay (Nancy) Petersen. 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and many other family members. She is preceded in death by her husband Don L. Petersen; her parents and siblings; daughter-in-law Linda Mortensen; sons, Val Dean Mortensen, Eugene Mortensen, and Johnny Rosquist; daughter, Teresa Marie Petersen.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday November 5, 2020, at the Spring City Cemetery. Viewings, Wednesday November 4, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday November 5, 2020 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt. Pleasant (96 N. 100 W.). Online condolences at

7 Responses to “Viola L Petersen”

  1. Wilda Moosman says:

    Dear Jay and Family,
    Foster and I are so sorry for your loss. We send love and comfort to you all. God bless.
    Foster and Wilda and family

  2. Kaye Watson says:

    So sorry to hear about Viola’s passing; she has lived to a ripe old age and been a part of Spring City for a long time. I didn’t see them dance but heard how they loved to square dance. I can see her and Don dancing in the Heavens as young people. I will miss seeing Viola around town, at D.U.P. and at church.

  3. Christi McGriff says:

    I was so sorry hear of Viola’s passing. I knew her from D.U.P. and from being in her ward. She offered to give me some material once to make pioneer costumes and cloth teddy bears to sell in our Main Street museum. I enjoyed being shown her home and all of the wonderful things she had made over the years. She was very talented. I knew her a short time, but she was a sweetheart and always was willing to talk to me. We will all miss her.

  4. Dawn Sterner says:

    Viola has been one of my favorite people in Spring City! She was always so kind and friendly. The kind of person I want to be. Her quilting expertise always amazed me. I can only hope that one day I’ll be even a little bit close to how amazing she was when it came to piecing quilts. I will miss her.

  5. Cynthia. DeGrey says:

    Dear Family of Viola – I’m sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother. I remember years ago how Viola and Don loved their square dancing. She talked about that a lot. She was also a dedicated member of the DUP. I worked with her on the city historical preservation council for a few years and enjoyed that time very much She was always so kind and pleasant to everyone. Last year for her birthday, since it was on a Sunday and she wasn’t feeling well, our ward Relief Society sisters gathered in her front yard and sang Happy Birthday to her. I’m so glad we did that so she could feel the love members of the ward had for her. I express my condolences to you all. She will be missed.

  6. John Lake says:

    Charles, Jay and family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy your loss. Viola was the aunt I knew best, her and Don visited us often in Salt Lake. Conversely our family travelled often to Spring City to visit your family. I have fond memories of the times I spent down there. I am saddened that we lost touch after the death of my dad in 2000.

    I would like to hear from my cousins and catch up on 50 years.

    Again, may god bless you all.

    John and Lesley Lake

  7. LuDean & Darrell White says:

    Earl, Jay and Families,

    We extend our condolences to you and your family. We loved your mother and her willingness to serve. She was an amazing person. She is truly a mother you can be proud of. She loved her family beyond measure. May the Lord’s blessings be with you and comfort you in your time of loss.
    With Love,
    Darrell & LuDean White