Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Maude E. Peterson
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Maude E. Peterson
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Maude E. Peterson
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Peterson, Maude E.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300366
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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Wednesday, December 22, 1993
Creque's Funeral Home ... 6:00 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 23,1993 ... 10:00 a.m.
All Saints Cathedral Church
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
OFFICIATING ... The Rev. C.J. Ramcharan, Rector
Rev. Gerald McDonald, New Covenant Church
of Philadelphia, PA
,MYurWs ... Western Cemetery No. 1


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4 aude Editha Clendinen Peterson was born to Laurencina
Terril, a seamstress, and Carl Emile Clendinen, a grocer, on
July 18,1905, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies.
She attended the McFarlane Elementary School on Kron-
prindsens Gade at which she was taught by her elder sister,
Cleomine Clendinen McFarlane. Later, she attended the Moravian
School where she was taught by Ms. Meyers.
In 1923, she began her training as a pupil nurse at the Munici-
pal Hospital of St. Thomas. She completed her training in 1926. That
year she married the late Lorenzo Petersen, and their union pro-
duced two children, Valdemar Petersen and Bernice Peterson
Jackson.
These years brought hard times to Virgin Islanders, and
Maude and her husband, like countless other Virgin Islanders,
were lured to New York City with hopes of improving their lives.
Their stay was short lived, and they returned home. Coming out
of a tradition of seamstresses, Maude took to that trade, and was
named supervisor of the municipal sewing project of the Depart-
ment of Social Welfare. She held that post until 1945.
Maude then returned to New York City and utilized her skills
as a seamstress to secure a position at the Harry Koldin Dress
Company. She served for several years in a variety of capacities.
But Maude still yearned to return to her first love, nursing. In
1946, she completed the Red Cross Nursing Course in home care.
The following year, she joined the staff of the Maternity Ward at
Booth Memorial Hospital, caring for thousands of babies and older
adults until her retirement. Maude believed in improving her skills ..
aand later completed a course in the health care needs of the elderly
at New York City Community College in 1973.
Upon her return to the Virgin Islands, she was one of the first
foster grandmothers with the Head Start Program and at the


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Pediatric Ward of the Knud Hansen Hospital.
Maude was very active in cultural, social and civic organiza-
tions. She was an active member of the Eaton Benevolent Society in
New York. Upon her return to the Virgin Islands, she joined and
was active in The Travel Club, the American Association of Retired
Persons and the Senior Citizens Center. She loved to travel, which
she did with her longtime companion, Charles Rhymer.
Her love for music and dance was known to all who knew and
loved her. Even in her old age after she had lost her sight, she still
insisted on dancing on her birthdays. She insisted that her grand-
children learn how to waltz, and to dance the seven step and the two
step. She had a great appreciation for Virgin Islands music and
culture.
She was a cultured, caring woman and a true friend. She was
a comado, a confidante,a mother and grandmother. Many adopted
her as a grandmother.
Her grandchildren recall all the special things she did to
express her love for them. She used her hands to make crafts, to
crochet, to knit, to sew and to make a delightful and delicious sweet
bread.
The gifts she made she gave to her family and friends. She was
also a disciplinarian, spanking liberally and taking no nonsense.
Maude believed strongly that children had their place, especially
while in the company of adults. This is how she governed the
children and grandchildren who came into contact with her.
She touched the lives of many, and she will be greatly missed.







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ADOPTED MOTHER ... Edna Adams
DAUGHTER... Bernice Peterson Jackson
SON ... Valdemar "Patches" Petersen
SPECIAL FRIEND... Charles Rhymer
STEP-SISTER ... Eunice Simmonds

GRANDCHILDREN
Cheryl Petersen-Humphries / Gwendolyn Petersen
Joanne Petersen-George
Peter Lloyd, John, Beatrice, Verna, Paul, Candido & Mark Petersen
Myron D. Jackson / Sharon Jackson-McDonald

27 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN
3 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

NEPHEWS
Otis McFarlane / Claude Marshall / Ramon H. McFarlane
NIECES
Glencia Petersen-deWindt / Pearl Marshall / Eleanor Henderson
DAUGHTER-IN-LAW ... Pauline Peterson







NUMEROUS RELATIVES, GODCHILDREN, FRIENDS
CLENDINEN, WATLINGTON & CANTON FAMILIES
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Musical Selection ......................................................... Voices of Love
Book of Common Prayer ..................................................... Page 491
Celebrant ..................................................The Rev. C.J. Ramcharan
Opening Hymn ................................... Now the Laborer's Task is O'er
Collect ..................................................................................... Page 493
The Lesson ..................................................I Corinthians 15:50-58
Psalm 23 .......................................................................... Prayer Book
Gospel
Homily ...................................................The Rev. C.J. Ramcharan
Apostles' Creed ...................................................................Page 496
Eulogy ............................................. Myron D. Jackson
Hymn ......................................................Lift Every Voice and Sing
Remarks .................... ................ Ramon MacFarlane
Tregenza Roach ... Rev. Gerald McDonald
Hymn ..................................... .. Eternal Father Strong to Save
Prayers of the People
The Peace
Offertory Hymn ............................................ How Great Thou Art
The Great Thanksgiving ................................................... Page 361
Communion Hymn...................................... I Am the Bread of Life
Post-Communion Prayer ................................ Page 498
Hymn Before Absolution ..............................................And Can It Be
Recessional Hymn.......................................... Ye Holy Angels Bright


Valdemar "Patches" Petersen / John Petersen / Lloyd Petersen
Candido Petersen / Myron Jackson / Bernard Phillips
Tregenza Roach / Ramon H. McFarlane
Vincent "Beef" Clendinen



Mario Watlington / Mario deWindt / Arturo Watlington, Sr.
Susthens Vialet / Ivan C. Rhymer
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SUw4eWv GOVERNMENT HOUSECHARIOTTE AMAUF.
THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Virgin Islands community mourns the passing of Mrs. Maude Peterson,
matriarch of a well-known Virgin Islands family.
During her long and rewarding lifetime, Ms. Maude witnessed many of thegreat
transitions in Virgin Islands history. She represented an important hope and
aspiration for the future, promoting the concept of a cohesive family unit. She leaves
us with a determination to withstand the brutal effects of a world changing for both
betterand worse. Herlegacy of loveandcommitment to traditional values is ourbest
hope. It is the strength of Virgin Islands families that can renew our energies and fuel
the pursuit of better days.
Her passing, though sad, is an opportunity to celebrate her life and all the positive
things she represented. Our love and prayers are extended to her fam ily with sincere
wishes that God will comfort them during their bereavement. God bless you all.
Alexander A. Farrelly, Governor


OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
1HE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
Mrs. Hodge and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of
Maude Peterson on her unfortunate passing.
Maude was a well-respected and loved member of the St. Thomas community.
During her lifetime she bore witness to the many historical changes in these Virgin
Islands that most of us today can only experience through history books. I would
venture to guess that one of her proudest moments was witnessing the transfer of
the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States in 1917.
Moniqueand I pray that the love and concern of family and friends will ease the
pain you are enduring. May she rest in peace.
Derek M. Hodge, Lt. Governor


OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
Myron, in the midst of the 1993 holidays, I pause to console with you and your
family the passing of your grandmother, Mrs. Maude Peterson. I know how close
you were to her and the deep sense of loss you feel. My words can offer little
consolation, since death is part of life's enduring experiences, and therefore awaits
confronting Us all. The difficult task, that of coping, is left to loved ones left behind.
Be assured that you have done all you could to give your grandmother comfort,
hope and pride during her lifetime. Now she has realized her well-deserved eternal
rest, knowing that she has left behind a cohesive family unit that remains a viable
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and respected force within our Virgin Islands community. It is my hope that you will
be sustained by the knowledge that those testifying to the value and importance of
the family feel your pain and share your sorrow.
I pray for you the promise of the Savior, that your mourning will be comforted.
May fond memories cushion your grief and may God'ssustaining gracebe with your
family now and with each succeeding day. My family and staff join me in extending
our condolences and prayers to you and your family. God bless you always.
Yourfiend,
James A. O'Bryan, Jr.
Director of Public Relations
& Press Secretary to the Governor

Mother,
You have been good to me. You worked hard to achieve the best in life. Because
you were a disciplinarian, you have helped me to stay focused to be the best in
whatever I do and to be successful in my undertakings. Thank you for your
guidance. I will always keep you close to my heart and remember our wonderful
years together. I have shared with my children your many lessons and the wisdom
you imparted so that you may live through them into other generations. I love you,
mother, and I will always miss you.
Your daughter, Bernice

To My Best Friend, Maude,
You were my best friend. I was fortunate that you shared with me the best years
of your life. We had many special times in New York, in our travels, and right here
at home. After all these years with you being such a big part of my life, it is hard for
me to accept that you are gone. Words cannot express the emptiness I feel with your
passing.
With all my love, Charles 'Charlie Rhymer

To Maudie,
Here we suffer grief and pain.
Here we meet to part again.
But in Heaven we will part no more.
Low, Hennie & Dolly

Grandma,
Your life has exemplified the true meaning of the word "grandmother".
Grandma, you were a woman of integrity. You loved each of us, cried with us,
laughed with us, disciplined us, counseled us and comforted us.
You always encouraged us to persevere. You will always be missed at the dining
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room table where we sat as a family, ate, communed and enjoyed each other'
presence. We know that you are with our heavenly Father. We will miss you, anc
you will always be in our hearts.



'The lge of 9Cgiht
Today I walked beside the sea and felt my Savior there with me.
We left no footprints in the sand for the tide erased them from the sand.
The sun began to fill the sky with scarlet ribbons floating high,
And amber clouds that once were white changed to gold at the edge of night.
The winds caressed me like a prayer because they knew that God was there,
And in the twilight's purple haze my heart was filled with joyful praise.
Clay Harrison -

Tqfe Qorious victoryy
Each day a daily battle so Heaven I may gain.
Each day so full of trials which often cause me pain.
Each day not knowing what's ahead or of God's plan for me.
But I will fight the battle for etemal victory.
Helen Parker -
Joe Ann Petersen-George & Family


Grandma...
As the tears come to my eyes, and the pain pounds in my heart, I think on hoA
much I do love you, Grandma. For your love in God, Grandma, gave you thu
strength, courage and the energy to get you through your pain.
Yes, Grandma, without your love and energy, we would not have a family.
Grandma, as you rest in the holiness of the heart and hands of the Lord, I want
you to shine on in His works. It's alright, Grandma, I will always love you.
Grandma, you did not cry alone, for I was also crying with you. I want you tc
please forgive me, Grandma, for I forgive you. Forget what you had gone through,
Grandma, for you are now an angel in the house of the Lord.
Grandma, continue to guide us with your love. We will all miss you, Grandma,
and we will always love you.
In God's heavenly comfort, rest in peace, Grandma.
Candido Petersen II & Cheryl Petersen & Family
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When those whom we care for die, we find that their caring spirit and concerns
come to life in us; that is why caring and loving never die. Today brings back
memories of the warm, wonderful times we have shared memories that will
always remain precious in spite of time and events that kept us buried and
prevented us from touching bases as often as we would have liked to.
You werealways willing to listen and to treat uswith respect; togivesupportand
encouragement; to share your time with us; to laugh and to tease. Family love is a
special blessing; it becomes more beautiful and treasured with each passing year.
Your death will leave a permanent void in our lives. Rest in peace.
The Petersen Family

Grandma,
Though you are gone, you will not be forgotten. I know that we shall meet
someday. I love you. Rest in peace.
Your Great-Grands, Kasim, Kimberly & Khalidia

To My Great-Grandmother,
Grandma, I am happy to be the newest member of your family. I will miss
playing with you and being cuddled in your arms.
Love, Gerald D. McDonald

Tribute to Mrs. Maude E. Peterson
I came to know you late in your life, but still early enough in mind to learn from
the wisdom of your years. Though these words I pen now have limitations uncom-
mon and unfamiliar to the heart, I trust still that they may let the world know that
you were here and that you touched my life, enriching it beyond measure. I will
treasure the memories framed by your warm, infectious laughter and by your
indomitable spirit. I miss you now and will for time to come. Godspeed.
With much love and appreciation,
Tregenza A. Roach


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