Linnea Christine Peterson, incomparably lovely and beloved by so many, passed away at home on April 9, 2021, at the age of 91, surrounded by family in Echo Lake, near Snohomish, Washington after a short battle with brain cancer.
Linnea was the youngest of six children born to Joseph and Amanda Lindskog, both of whom immigrated to the Seattle area from Sweden in the early 1900s. Linnea was born on July 11, 1929, and graduated from Ballard High School in 1947, where she was a tennis player and excelled in writing.
During her summers, she worked as a camp counselor in Seabeck, Washington, something she remembered and spoke of fondly even after she began to battle Alzheimer’s Disease during the last decade of her life.
After high school, Linnea attended the University of Washington, where she majored in English and met her future husband, Wayne Reed Peterson, at a social dance. The two married in 1951 and had their daughter, Karen A. Peterson, in 1956, followed by their son, Brian R. Peterson in 1965.
Linnea worked at several ophthalmology clinics in Seattle and Bellevue before helping establish the McIntyre Eye Clinic in 1979. She was a valued member of the office team, where she worked as a certified ophthalmic medical assistant, until her retirement.
Linnea was a devoted sister, friend and mother and a proud Swede. She was a person of quiet strength, joyful spirit, deep unconditional love, consistent grace and gentleness.
She cherished spending time with her large family, especially her sisters and brother, and formed many deep, life-long friendships. She and Wayne especially bonded with other couples during the many road trips they embarked on during their 55 years of marriage.
She loved gardening and grew the most beautiful, perfect roses. She was the biggest fan of Tom Hanks and ABBA. She was an understanding, loving and fun mother who created a happy and carefree childhood for her children full of family, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
She was an avid and joyful grandmother, only missing a ballet recital or soccer game if she and Wayne were on the road.
Linnea was exceptionally kind, smart and witty but also fiercely independent. After Wayne passed away in 2007, Linnea was determined to maintain the activities they so loved together. She bought a new car and embarked on road trips alone, even driving to Texas at the age of 79, much to the chagrin of her family.
While we deeply miss her, we take comfort knowing Linnea is no longer in pain, but rather laughing, running, and splashing along the eternal ocean beach with her husband, her parents, her sisters and brother and friends who’ve gone before her.
Linnea is survived by her daughter, Karen Peterson (Scott Weiss), her son, Brian Peterson (Amy), her grandchildren, Kristina Mader (Sameer Kanal), Jackie Mader (Cliff Archey), Andy Peterson (Kaitlyn Moran), Eva Gorman (Kyle), and Ben Peterson, and her two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Sam Archey, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.
Her joyful spirit will be missed by many. Donations in Linnea’s honor can be made to the Seabeck Conference Center (seabeck.org) or Washington Coast Savers (coastsavers.org). A celebration of life will be held later this year.