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Information for Leila M. Steiger Peterson
27 September 1925 - 6 April 1990
Obituary from The Idaho Press-Tribune
April 1990
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Leila Peterson

     Leila M. (Steiger) Peterson, 64, of Nampa, died Friday, April 6, 1990, at the Caldwell. hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Nampa.  The Revs. Jerry White, pastor, Vernon Wilcox and Kenneth Ball will officiate.  Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Nampa.
    Leila was born Sept. 27, 1925, at Tolstoy, S.D., and attended elementary school there. The family moved to Nampa in 1941 where she graduated from Nampa High School. In 1948 she began working in the accounting department of Sears, Roebuck and Co, in Caldwell.  Leila married Kenneth W. Peterson June 27, 1953, and they made their home in Nampa.  In 1960 Ken and Leila started Nampa's first pawn shop, Ken's Loans and Jewelry.  She resigned from Sears in 1968 to start and jewelry store, K Lee's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, at Karcher Mall.  Kenneth and Leila owned and operated these two businesses until his death July 6, 1982.  Leila retired from the jewelry store in 1983 and turned over the operation of the pawn shop to her son.
    Survivors include her son, Rodney Peterson of Nampa; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wilbert and Doris Steiger of Boise and Roger and Debris Steiger of Nampa; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma and Clifford Borah of Nampa, Loraine and Bill Thompson of Salt Lake City, and Gladys and Mal Mann of Gilbertsville, Ky.; several neices and nephews; and many friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter, Julie Ann; her twin sister, Lilian; a sister, Alvina; and a nephew, Ronnie Steiger.
    She will be missed by her family and friends.
    Memorials may be made to the Department of Professional Studies, in care of Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa; or flowers may be sent.
    Friends may call until 9 p.m. today at Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Nampa.


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