The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

Nicole (Nikki) Louann Peterson

 

April 11, 2018



Nicole (Nikki) Louann Peterson was born on June 10, 1952 to Sophus and Hazel Peterson (Genereux). Nikki grew up loving all kinds of animals. She had a variety of pets including parakeets, rabbits, dogs and horses. In fact, she purchased her first horse without informing her mother.

Her sophomore year was spent at the Shriner’Hospital in Spokane, returning for her junior and senior years at Big Sandy. She graduated in 1970.

Nikki spent time working for Henry and Arlene Turk on their ranch. She then attended the College of Great Falls where she learned her lifetime passion of pottery. She continued her education at the University of Montana in Missoula.

After college she moved to Minnesota to live with her good friend Kathy Terry Jones. In 1975 Nikki moved to Washington where she began her career as a pottery artist. She participated in numerous juried shows where people sought out her dragons and unique pieces of art.

In her later 20’s she was diagnosed with MS and was able to keep it under control until about 6 years ago. Nikki was able to live in her own home with the assistance of a part time caregiver, Kristina, who became like a daughter to her. She passed away at her home in Elma on February 25, 2018, with Kristina by her side.

Nikki was preceded in death by her parents, step father Harold (Buck) Genereux, and brother in law Stan Coman. She is survived by her sister Donna Coman of Clancy, Steve (Dolly) Peterson of Menan, Idaho and Dan Genereux of Big Sandy plus several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Big Sandy.

Graveside services in Big Sandy will be held at a later date.

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