Known as “Millie” to her friends and “Mimi” or “Mims” to her family, she was a cherished daughter; adored sister, aunt, cousin, and friend; and beloved mother and grandmother. She was a positive and constant presence in the lives of the many people for whom she cared.
Millie was born in Karlstad, Minnesota and grew up in Shelly and Mahnomen, Minnesota. She graduated from Thief River Falls High School in 1945 and attended the University of Minnesota. She married Henry Peterson Junior in 1950 and they lived in Karlstad, welcoming daughters in 1956 and 1960.
Her successful secretarial career included work at the Karlstad Hospital with Dr. Rudy Skogerboe and Karlstad Public Schools with Dr. Paul Anderson. After moving to Osseo, Minnesota in 1967, she became the private secretary for Warren Spannaus, both during his tenure as the Chairman of the State Democratic Farmer Labor Party and as Minnesota Attorney General. She also was honored to work as the private secretary to Hubert H. (Skip) Humphrey III when he was elected Attorney General. She retired in 1997.
Millie was an active member of Advent Lutheran Church and served as a church council member and secretary for many years. After her retirement she volunteered in the church office and took part in several bible study groups.
She was preceded in death by her parents Christian and Gjertine Johnson; husband Henry Peterson, Jr.; brothers Alden (Adeline) Johnson and Raymond (Vivian) Johnson, sister Evelyn (Albert) Stellner, and nephew Dr. Lynn Rambeck.
She is survived by daughters Dr. Jane (Kevan) Holmberg and Joan (Randall) Spencer; and grandchildren Edward, Kirk, and Kristen Holmberg and Reed Spencer. She also is survived by nieces Judy (Shel) Neufeld, Carol (Leroy) Stumpf, Joan Rambeck, Lisa (Bob) Laclede, and Jeanne (Tom) Chesko; nephews Chris Johnson, Rick (Chris) Johnson, Steve Johnson, and Jim (Elizabeth) Rambeck; their families and other extended family; and countless friends.
Services will be held at 1 PM December 6, 2014 at Advent Lutheran Church, 9475 Jefferson Highway, Maple Grove, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to the church