Donna was born Oct. 23, 1952, in North Platte to Donald E. and Leora Laura (Johnson) McFarland. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1971. She participated in track and field and softball as a player and coach. She also enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad, quilting and cross stitching, gardening and growing flowers.
On Dec. 23, 1971, she married Terry Lee Peterson in North Platte. To this union two children, Timothy and Kellie, were born. They moved to the McCook community in 1984, where they were owners and operators of Peterson Jewelers.
She was a member of McCook Christian Church, VIP member of Independent Jewelers Organization and Nebraska and South Dakota Jewelers Organization. She was an avid bowler.
Her father-in-law, Clarence Peterson, preceded her in death in August of 1977.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Peterson of McCook; son, Timothy Peterson of Indianola; daughter, Kellie Peterson and fiancee, Erik Mahanes of North Platte; parents, Donald and Leora McFarland of North Platte; two sisters, Carol Joyce of Omaha and Christy and husband, Jim Relph of McCook; three brothers, Donald McFarland and wife, Trish of North Platte, Michael McFarland and friend, Ray Dodds of Omaha and Randall McFarland and wife, Jackye of Omaha; mother-in-law, Doris Peterson of Curtis; and a host of family, friends and McCook Christian Church family.
Memorials may be given to the McCook Christian Church Building Fund.
There will be no public viewing. Friends may sign the book at the funeral home during office hours.
Services will be at McCook Christian Church, Monday (Feb. 2, 2004) at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Clark Bates officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power
of the resurrection.