|Anita Rose Harkin Peterson
Anita Harkin Peterson
AUGUST 29, 1929 ~ MARCH 31, 2018 (AGE 88)
Anita (Harkin) Peterson, 88, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Nevins Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Anita was born on August 29,1929 to the late Duncan Claire
and Alice Gertrude (Mildren) Harkin.
She was a proud graduate of McKinley Tech High School,
Washington, D.C. (1946) from which she went on to Carnegie I
nstitute of Technology, and received a Bachelor of Science
degree (1950). Much later, she wrote a thesis on the guidance
and training of children in support of a Degree of Master of Arts from Atlantic University (1989).
Anita was an artist who worked in many media, especially quilting and oil and water color
painting. A master of the sewing machine, she created wonderful clothing throughout her life.
She loved ice skating, swimming, dogs, and being in nature. Her grandchildren reflect her
influence in many ways.
She is survived by her husband Richard O. Peterson and her son Scott K. Peterson and his
wife Frances of Andover, Massachusetts. Also among her survivors are her three
granddaughters (Kelsey, Holly, Emily) and one great grandchild (Maxwell) and her brother
Duncan A. Harkin of North Carolina.
Anita was predeceased by her daughter Lyn Karen Peters