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Lena Grace Powell Petersen

Friday, July 3, 2020
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Lena Grace Powell Petersen, or “Oma,” as she was known to her children and grandchildren, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 29, 2020.

She was 87 years old.

Lena was born to Irene and Forrest E. Powell on February 26, 1933, in Guilford, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Forrest E. Powell, Jr.; Bobby Roy Powell; and Henry Ambrose Powell; and a daughter-in-law, Sonya Phillips Petersen.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Carl H. Petersen, Sr., of Jonesboro, Louisiana, and three sons: Carl H. Petersen, Jr., of Jonesboro, Louisiana; Forrest Petersen and wife Jo of Quitman, Louisiana; and Chris Petersen and wife Sherry of Richardson, Texas.

There was a walkthru viewing for friends from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in the chapel of Edmonds Southern Funeral Home.

A graveside service was held at 10 am at Sweetwater Baptist Church cemetery in Quitman on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Bro. Geary Phillips was the officiate.

Oma had nine grandchildren: Casey Petersen and wife Michelle of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Jessica Fuller and husband Brandon of Monroe, Louisiana; Samantha Mercer and husband Adam of Ruston, Louisiana; Joanna Petersen of Quitman, Louisiana; Isaiah Petersen and wife Amelia of Seattle, Washington; Grace Jones and husband Jeremy of Alice, Texas; Sarah Self and husband Quentin of Renton, Washington; Blaine Chard of Plano, Texas, and Karian Chard of Austin, Texas.

Oma had 10 greatgrandchildren: Gracie, Adelae, Zeke, and Lyndee Petersen of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Sawyer and Lila Mercer of Ruston, Louisiana; and Faith, Elijah, Hope, and Noah Jones of Alice, Texas.

Lena enjoyed several hobbies throughout her lifetime. She and husband Carl loved to dance. The colorful outfits she wore to square dances were handmade by Lena along with matching shirts for Carl.

Several family members and friends have received gifts of Lena’s oil paintings. Flowers and countryside scenes were among her favorite subjects.

Her last project was a beach scene for granddaughter Grace Jones.

So many delicious meals were served from Lena’s kitchen over the years. She was a wonderful cook. Scratch biscuits were a favorite addition to any meal. She always had homemade cookies on hand for a little something sweet to go with a cup of coffee. Two German dishes, Rouladen and Frickadelle, were her husband’s favorites.

Lena and Carl Petersen were blessed with 65 years of marriage which is a testimony of their love and devotion to each other.