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Fern Peterson Poteet

September 3, 1924 - May 23, 2021


Fern Peterson Poteet, a 96 year old resident of Rupert, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, at her daughter’s home.


She was born September 3, 1924, in Preston, Idaho, to Charles Joel and Zeffie “ Zeffa” Fern Bennett Peterson. She was the sixth of seven children and grew up in a loving home.


After high school graduation, she entered the Latter-day Saint Hospital school of nursing in Idaho Falls, Idaho, graduating as a registered nurse in 1945. She worked for a time at the Preston Hospital, and later as a stewardess for Western Airlines, a time when stewardesses were required to be nurses. In 1947, she moved to San Diego, California, and worked in a doctor’s office there.


Fern met Herb Poteet in San Diego, and they were married May 22, 1949. While living in Lakeside, Susan joined the family, and after moving to San Miguel in central California, Richard and Bonnie completed the family.


In 1960, Herb and Fern purchased their farm on the Northside of Rupert, Idaho, where they have since resided. Fern worked for many years in the community, both in the doctor’s office and the hospital. After retiring, she was “on call” for many years, helping out neighbors, ward members, and friends who needed some nursing expertise.


Fern was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had a testimony of Jesus Christ, and served in many Church callings.


She is survived by her three children, Susan Bell (Jeff), of Twin Falls, Rick Poteet (Sherma) of Rupert, and Bonnie Peterson (Ron) of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 16 grandchildren; 57 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; her parents; and siblings.


The funeral will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Acequia 1st Ward, located at 20403 5th St., in Acequia, with Bishop Samuel K. Crane officiating. Family and friends will be received from 11:00 AM until 12:45 PM prior to the service. Burial will follow at Rupert Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.