Helen Elizabeth Peterson

08 May 2020 | 11:54

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Helen Elizabeth Peterson, aka “Betty,” passed away at the age of 93.

Helen was born on July 28, 1926, to Vivan DeGroat and Minnie (Morgan) DeGroat in Hillburn.

On July 4, 1945, Helen married the love of her life, William Raymond Peterson, until he passed on Feb. 29, 2004.

She was the matriarch of Brook Presbyterian Church and in the Village of Hillburn.

Helen was loved by all. She was a very special person who gave her time, wisdom and would volunteer, bake and cook for anything that was asked of her.

Helen’s nickname was Betty and affectionally called Mommy, Bami, Grandma, Grammy and Aunt Betty.

She was predeceased by brothers Vivan Jr., Wallace, Ronald, Carlton DeGroat and sisters Dorothy Robinson, Roberta Kyles and Elaine LaForte.

She is survived by sisters Joan Davis, Eileen Caldwell, Marilyn Royster and Kathy Davis.

Helen and William leave behind Cynthia Fountain, Wilhemina Boyd, David, Amy, Martin and Tony Peterson; daughter-in-law Carla Peterson and son-in-law Jeff Fountain; grandchildren: Eric Cunningham, Kwan Bowser, Anthony Gray, Paiden Palmer, Jennifer Peltier, Heather, Hillary and Ian Fountain, Jazmine Torres, Santana and Juliana Peterson, Beatrice Peterson; and 35 great and great great grands, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws, her loving neighbors in the Hillburn community and countless friends.

May she rest in the sweetest of peace.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home.

To send a condolence online, please go to www.purtafuneralhome.com.