MISSOULA - Lilah May Fayle Peterson, 72, of Missoula, passed away of natural causes, on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at home surrounded by her family. Lilah was given her name because of the lilacs blooming in May, thus explaining her love of lilacs.
She was born on May 21, 1938, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Benjamin and Bernell (Doschades) Fayle. She was raised on the family ranch in Small, Idaho, near Dubois, where she worked side by side with her parents and brother. She attended school in Small and Dubois. Lilah completed two years of business school in Idaho Falls before going to work for the City of Dubois.
Lilah met Jack Peterson in Spencer, Idaho, and they were married on Oct. 18, 1958. They moved to Missoula that same year where they made their home and raised their two sons, Tom and Bob. She was a wonderful homemaker who took great pride in caring for her family. She was a fantastic cook and was well known for her fried oysters that were a birthday tradition at the Peterson home.
Lilah was a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts for several years. She was a member of the Prevention Fitness Club. Her quest for the Presidential Fitness Award for walking began in 1985, and continued through 1990. During that time, she usually walked seven days a week, never deterred by the weather. If it was below zero she just added another layer and off she went. She received awards and patches for each achievement all leading up to the Presidential Award. To receive this award she had to log over 10,000 miles. Lilah logged 10,739 miles in 163 months. She went through three dogs and many pairs of shoes in her quest to receive her signed award from President George Bush, an achievement that she was extremely proud of.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing and camping. The family camping trips to Hidden Lake and other beautiful spots were a highlight of her life. She loved to play games in the camper after the sun went down, this was always accompanied by some of the many treats she prepared.
Lilah loved her family and was a great mother. The memories she gave her family and friends will remain in the hearts of all whose lives she touched. We look forward to the day we will be reunited.
Lilah was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Bernell Fayle.
Lilah is survived by her husband Jack Peterson; sons, Tom (Laurie) and Bob; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Erika; and brother Bennie Fayle.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville, with Pastor Dan Dixon officiating. Cremation has taken place. A reception will follow at the Community Baptist Church in Stevensville.
The family has suggested that memorials be sent to Partners in Home Care, 2687 Palmer St, Missoula 59808.