January 24, 2014


Lela Ruth (Mull) (Stevens) Peterson, 96, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Gardens in Jefferson.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Church of Christ in Scranton with Pastor Bob McKnight officiating.

Organist for the service will be John Van Horn. Congregational hymns will be "Precious Memories," "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Casket bearers will be Lee's grandchildren, and honorary casket bearers will be her great-grandchildren. Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Sunday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. he casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Monday when visitation will resume. Online condolences may be left for Lee's family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Lee's name, and memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church.

Born March 6, 1917, at Benton, Iowa, she was a daughter of Walter F. and Rosa Mae (Waggoner) Mull. Affectionately known to most as "Lee," she grew up in Ringgold County and attended country school. She married Wilmer "Shorty" Stevens on May 11, 1935, at the Christian Church parsonage in Boone. The couple made their home in Scranton where they raised their family. Lee was the oldest living resident in Scranton, and she lived in her home for over 70 years. Shorty passed away on March 5, 1981, and she later married to Virgil "Shorty" Peterson on Dec. 20, 1992, at the Scranton Church of Christ.

Lee had many jobs over the years in Scranton. She was a member of the Scranton Church of Christ and the Rebekah Lodge. Lee enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, flower gardening, visiting friends and relatives, and she loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

Lela is survived by a daughter: Joyce Frazier and her husband Larry of Scranton; two sons: Kenneth Stevens of Glidden and Dennis Stevens and his wife, Leigh, of Norwalk, Conn.; 11 grandchildren: Randy, Jodie, Mike, Cindi, Brenda, Todd, Heather, Hope, Brian, Lexi and Garrett; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Everett Mull and his wife Dolores of Jefferson; a sister Gladys Lambert of Fort Dodge; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

Lela was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; two sisters: Opal Anderson and Neva Matticks; three brothers: Harold, Homer, and Arlo Mull; two daughters-in-law: Melanie Stevens and Verneva Stevens; and a great-granddaughter Katie RosaLee Van Horn.