Phyllis Baril Peterson

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Phyllis Baril Peterson went home to her Savior on Sept. 28, 2018. She was born Aug. 6, 1940 to Wilfred and Thelma Baril. Phyllis was raised on her parent’s ranch in Sheridan, Montana ,attending Sheridan schools and graduating from Beaverhead County High School. She married Kenneth Walton Peterson on Aug. 15, 1958 in Helena, Montana. Phyllis and Walton lived and worked on the Baril family ranch near Sheridan, Montana, later buying and moving to a ranch near Twin Bridges.

Despite her many physical challenges, she was a busy ranch wife and active in church and Bible studies. She was an accomplished watercolor artist, participating in many art shows around Montana as well as teaching watercolor classes in the Ruby Valley. Her creativity extended to writing, crafts and gardening. Phyllis was a lover of nature and raised many an orphaned critter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wilfred and Thelma Baril; her motherin-law Louise Johnson; her brother-in-law Gary Dedman; daughter-in-law Patsy Peterson; niece Donna VerHow; and nephews Dan Dedman and Billy Backus.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Walton Peterson; her four children, Ben Peterson (Bonnie Rate), Laura (Jim) Brunzell, Jay (Lea) Peterson, and Andy Peterson (Amber Mason); her grandchildren, Joshua Peterson, Jared Peterson, Ryan Backus, Meaghan Peterson, Paul Peterson, Zachary Peterson, Jamie Wren, and Kelly Wait; and four great-granddaughters. She is also survived by her siblings Barbara Dedman, Bud (Lyn) Baril; Sandra Baril, and Barry (Bev) Baril; sister-in-law, Beverly (Jim) Backus; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Judi Janelli, Lela Wendt, Madison Valley Manor, and Hospice of Bozeman for their loving care of Phyllis.

Viewing will be at K&L Mortuaries in Twin Bridges; Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services will be Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Dayspring Church, 3648 Highway 287, Sheridan, Montana.

For those wishing to give a memorial in lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to a charity of your choice.