Merle Peterson, 1932-2020


Last updated 9/3/2020 at 1:49pm

Merle H. Peterson, 87, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 at Grace Healthcare.

She was born October 6, 1932 in Lake Wales to the late William and Mary Huggins. Merle was a retired secretary for the Polk County Finance Department and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed cooking and watching shows on T.V.

Merle was preceded in death by her husband, Willis B. Peterson in 1990; daughters, Kathy Powell, and Janice Holmer; and grandchild, Bobby Powell. Survivors include her daughter, Donna K. Wood and husband Sonny of Lake Wales; sons, Bruce Powell and Robert Powell, both of Lake Wales; sister, Louise Pickles and husband Keith of Ocala; brother, Raymond Huggins and wife Donna of Winter Haven; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A private family service will take place. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling arrangements.


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