Sara Jeanne Kaufman, age 93, died peacefully from cancer on June 19, 2018. Sally, as she was known to everyone since high school, was born in Lewiston, Idaho, on April 20, 1925, to Franklin T. and Velma Anna (Frizzell) Pettibone.
She attended all of her education in Grangeville, Idaho, and graduated in 1943. Following High School she went to California to attend school for nursing. While in school she worked at an aircraft plant building B-29 bombers during the war. During this time she met her husband, a radio operator in the Army Air Corps, Donald Lee Peterson, and they married on Nov. 7, 1944. They had six sons during their marriage and they later divorced in 1969. She married Vern Victor Kaufman in 1971 and moved back to Grangeville in 1972. She worked at Syringa General Hospital in the administration office until her retirement in 1990.
In 1975, Sally and Vern purchased the ghost town of Fall Creek and during the weekends and holidays they dismantled the town and built their cabins on Hungry Ridge on property they purchased the year prior. Over the years she enjoyed her time at the cabin, gardening, snowmobiling and having fun with family, friends and neighbors. They loved to travel every year in their camper trailer, from Mexico to the Yukon Territories from Hawaii to the east coast. Everywhere they went, her little dog would travel with them.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Franklin T. Pettibone Jr.; and her son, Cary Craig Peterson.
She is survived by her sons: James K. (Jean) Peterson, of Denton, Texas, Donald S. Peterson, of Woodinville, Wash., Jeffrey L. (Nancy) Peterson, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Eric L. Peterson and Michael B. Peterson, both of Grangeville; six grandsons, one granddaughter and 14 great- grandchildren.
A gathering of family to celebrate Sally’s life will be a private ceremony. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her name at the Umpqua Bank for the proposed Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). Send condolences and cards to the family to Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.
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