DeeAnn Peterson Lubbers

10/28/1939 ~ 10/17/2020

DeeAnn was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Utah by her parents Josephine Pagano Peterson and Bert Edwin Peterson. She followed her mother’s profession as an educator, teaching elementary students for 30+ years with a special emphasis on reading. Like her father, she loved the country life and maintained her childhood home, returning often.

DeeAnn graduated from North Sanpete High School, Class of 1957, and valued lifelong friendships with her classmates. Following high school and through her college years she worked summers at Zion National Park, a sanctuary she loved throughout her life. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1961 and began her dreams to travel the world. In the summer of 1962, some 17 short years from the end of WWII, she set sail, traveling alone, from Los Angeles to Japan where she lived as an exchange student with a family in Nagano, creating a lifelong bond. That family would visit DeeAnn’s family in Tucson, AZ in the late 1970s, teaching her young sons at an early age to love, value and appreciate all of God’s children the world over. She would go on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Early Childhood Development and a certificate in Gerontology. As a lifelong learner, in her retirement years she enrolled in the Institute of Continual Learning at Dixie State University and took classes of all varieties for many years.

In 1963 she married W. Boyd Dover and had two sons; W. Brent Dover (Catherine) and Bert Travis Dover (Gena). After a divorce, DeeAnn had the good fortune to meet and marry Earl R. Lubbers in Tucson, Arizona in 1973. Earl became the “father he didn’t have to be” to Brent and Bert. They added their son Ryan Earl Lubbers (Raquel) and have eleven wonderful grandchildren who were her “jewels in the crown of old age.”

Earl and DeeAnn loved one another deeply, and found a shared sense of adventure in finding opportunities for travel throughout America and much of the world, including missionary pick-ups in Finland/Russia and Brazil. They twice participated in the China Teacher Program for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, living and teaching English and American Culture to students in Qingdao and Xi’An China for a total of two years. DeeAnn always had a very strong commitment to learn about her pioneer and immigrant heritage which involved traveling several times to Sweden and Italy to meet many relatives and obtain genealogy records. In 2011, she had a marvelous experience of guiding and teaching her three sons of their Swedish and Italian roots. DeeAnn and Earl also served their church in a variety of callings including Scouting, teaching, and service in the Tucson, Arizona Mission.

Upon retirement and having lived the majority of their adult lives in Arizona, Earl and DeeAnn moved to St. George, Utah and welcomed friends and family from many countries and states into their home. They especially enjoyed having extended family from Europe come to visit and see where their ancestors settled when they came to America in the 1860s, and former students from China visit for long stays, experiencing “American life” with her entire family, and visiting the National Parks.

With strong roots, fearless wings, and imaginative dreams, she had a wonderful life!
DeeAnn is preceded in death by her parents and half sister Bonnie Peterson Jefferies.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the LDS missionary fund, or the Mt. Pleasant public library.
A Graveside service will be held Saturday October 24, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery with a viewing prior at 11:45 at the cemetery. Online condolences at

15 Responses to “DeeAnn Peterson Lubbers”

  1. Jackie Migdal Quast says:

    As a retiree, my dad, Ben Migdal, volunteered in DeeAnn’s classroom for many many years until he became unable to do so because of his mental changes. But, during those years, I remember so many conversations with him that showed his great respect and affection for DeeAnn. He admired not only her ability and dedication as a teacher but also her as an excellent person. He passed away in 2006, but I know that his time with her was probably the best experience of his life.

    • Brent Dover says:

      Oh we know the wonderful stories of Mr. Ben – she had such an impact on my mother, and of course all those students! Thank you so much for sharing. Brent Dover

  2. Julia Oldham says:

    I wish to send my thoughts and prayers to the family of this remarkable woman. I was acquainted with her during some of her years living in Tucson. It is a great loss to all of her family…thinking of you all..Julia Oldham

  3. Jill Bingham says:

    Always loved visiting with DeAnn whenever she came to the Mt Pleasant Library. Always had such fascinating stories to tell about her life and travels. Thinking of her family.

    • Brent Dover says:

      Thank you for sharing…..she has spoken of the Mt. Pleasant Library many times….her lifelong passion for teaching children to read never dimmed, whether she was the teacher or the supporter of public libraries. Much love to you.

  4. Connie says:

    DeeAnn was such a REMARKABLE PERSON who lived life to the fullest. She touched so many lives for good. I send my love and sympathy to her husband and family.

  5. Karen D Turpin says:

    I became friends with DeeAnn when she and her husband lived here in St. George. She was an active member of our Daughters of Utah Pioneers camp.
    What a wonderful, accomplished woman. My condolences go out to the family. Know she will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Joan Barentsen Larsen says:

    I was saddened to read of DeeAnn’s passing. We have been friends for many years having both grown up in our beloved Mt.Pleasant. Our friendship has continued over the years.
    I loved reading her most impressive obituary, reminding me of her many adventures & accomplishments. She amazed me with all the things she was able to do in her lifetime. I looked forward to her annual Christmas letter telling of what exciting ventures her family had enjoyed.
    When back in Utah, she often organized get-togethers with her classmates from the Class of ’57. Plus, she never missed, and was usually in charge, of the Class Reunions held every five yeas. Oh, how we all love DeeAnn!
    DeeAnn was truly an extra “Special Person!” All of our lives are better because of her. We will miss her!
    My sympathy and love to you, Earl, and your family,
    Joan Barentsen

    • Brent Dover says:

      Oh yes she loved Mt. Pleasant! A city and a people that was so deeply interwoven with who she was as a person….and she loved her classmates as well – we heard about all of you so frequently. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Brent Dover says:

    Oh yes she loved Mt. Pleasant! A city and a people that was so deeply interwoven with who she was as a person….and she loved her classmates as well – we heard about all of you so frequently. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Delores and Lamond Platts says:

    Sorry to hear about DeeAnn. So grateful that we were able to be neighbors with Earl and DeeAnn for 16 years. They were so friendly and kind to us. Have already missed them since they moved in the spring. May she rest in peace and Earl, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Judy Schaub says:

    So sorry to hear of DeeAnn’s passing. Loved have Earl and DeeAnn as Home Teachers for many years. May DeeAnn find the peace and love she knew waited for her. Earl, I send my since condolences. We miss you from Foxborough.