Emily Jean Peterson, 39, of Canton, died Aug. 17, 2014.

She was born on June 25, 1975, in Decorah, Iowa. 

She graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1993; as a student she was extremely popular and played volleyball and basketball just to spend more time with friends.

Her greatest joy of all time was her two sons, Gabriel and Carter.  She was always proud to share stories of the memories made with her sons. 

She loved to travel, relax on the water and spend unending amounts of time with her nieces and nephews.  Most people recognized her for her contagious smile and dancing eyes.  She was an instigator of fun — always encouraging others to have a great time while she observed.  She enjoyed keeping a nice home, cooking full, amazing meals and growing gorgeous flowers.

She is survived by her sons, Gabriel and Carter; her special friends, Richard, Whitney (Connor), Dexter, Hilary and Addy; her parents, Ray and Pat and Mary; her siblings, Cindy (John), Christy (Tracy), Eric (Annie), Josie (Garrett), Jeremiah (Kari) and Charlie; her grandmother, Donna and several nieces, nephews and loving friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Allan; grandpa, Richard; uncle, David; nephew, Mat, and friend, Rikki.

Memorial services for her were held Friday, Aug. 22, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church.