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Fern Peterson Poteet

Sep. 3, 1924 - May 23, 2021

Date of Service: Jun. 1, 2021

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RUPERT – Fern Peterson Poteet, a 96-year-old resident of Rupert, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, at her daughter’s home.

She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Preston, Idaho, to Charles Joel and Zeffie “ Zeffa” Fern Bennett Peterson. She was the sixth of seven children and grew up in a loving home.

After high school graduation, she entered the Latter-day Saint Hospital school of nursing in Idaho Falls, Idaho, graduating as a registered nurse in 1945. She worked for a time at the Preston Hospital, and later as a stewardess for Western Airlines - a time when stewardesses were required to be nurses. In 1947, she moved to San Diego, Calif., and worked in a doctor’s office there.

Fern met Herb Poteet in San Diego, and they were married May 22, 1949. While living in Lakeside, Susan joined the family, and after moving to San Miguel in central California, Richard and Bonnie completed the family.

In 1960, Herb and Fern purchased their farm on the Northside of Rupert, Idaho, where they have since resided. Fern worked for many years in the community, both in the doctor’s office and the hospital. After retiring, she was “on call” for many years, helping out neighbors, ward members, and friends who needed some nursing expertise.

Fern was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had a testimony of Jesus Christ, and served in many Church callings.

She is survived by her three children, Susan Bell (Jeff), of Twin Falls, Rick Poteet (Sherma) of Rupert, and Bonnie Peterson (Ron) of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 16 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; her parents; and siblings.

The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Acequia 1st Ward, located at 20403 5th St., in Acequia, with Bishop Samuel K. Crane officiating. Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Rupert Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/MIAT8V4xGOI.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.

Condolences for Fern Peterson Poteet

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From Grant Mortensen:
Aunt Fern was always very kind to me and I will miss her deeply. I wish I could have seen the glorious reunion when all 5 Peterson girls finally got together again. Mr special thoughts of love for the whole Poteet family. I wish we could have been with you today.
From Marjorie Jensen:
I knew of her through her nursing experience and through the ward from Acequia and she knew my sister Carol Smith. Such a nice lady fond memories of her. RIP sweet lady.
From Dave Dutton:
To the Poteet family ,we are sorry to hear of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmothers passing , She and Herb had a great recipe in raising great children and grandchildren. Thinking of you during the loss of Fern Donna and Dave Dutton.
From Bonnie Robbins Carter:
Sorry for your loss. I always thought Fern was the kindest, most loving person. And as a teenager that was priceless to me.
From Bruce Andersen:
Although I never met Fern I can say the Poteet family is one of the most admirable family's I've ever known.Sorry for your loss.And praying for your family.

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