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Frances C. Peterson, homemaker, volunteer

Frances C. Peterson, a homemaker and volunteer, died Sept. 25.
Frances C. Peterson, a homemaker and volunteer, died Sept. 25. (HANDOUT)

Frances C. Peterson, a homemaker and volunteer who had been director of volunteers at Children's Hospital, died Sept. 25 of complications from dementia at her home in the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville.

The former longtime West Towson resident was 99.

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The daughter of George H. Corse, an importer-exporter, and Frances Corse, a homemaker, Frances Corse was born in San Francisco, where she was a graduate of the Katherine Delmar Burke School, a private girls' school.

After high school, she worked for a San Francisco law firm. While volunteering for the Red Cross during World War II in San Francisco, she met her future husband, John Hawley "Pete" Peterson, who was serving in the Army.

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They married in 1946 and moved to Baltimore in 1947 when he went to work for Anchor Post Products. The couple eventually settled in West Towson.

She volunteered for the Mrs. Towson Welcome Wagon and canvassed her neighborhood for pledges to help build Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she later became a tour guide and worked in the admitting office.

In 1969, she became director of volunteers at the old Children's Hospital on Greenspring Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, and later served as its public relations director. She retired in 1982.

After retiring, she and her husband lived five months a year at their second home on Deer Isle, Maine, where they enjoyed sailing the Penobscot Bay.

She was a member of the Island Heritage Trust, a preservation organization in Deer Isle, Maine, where she served as director of volunteers.

Since 1995, she and her husband had been residents of Broadmead. Her husband, who was sales and marketing manager for the Koppers Co. in Glen Arm, died in 2008.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville.

She is survived by two sons, J. Hawley Peterson Jr. of Baltimore and Harvey Peterson of Northport, Maine; two daughters, Sally Shanklin of Lutherville and Polly Peterson of Timonium; and two grandchildren.

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