WESTFORD - Jill-Marie Peterson passed away July 26th at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts while surrounded by her family after a rapid decline in health aggravated by her struggle with 39 years of diabetes.
Born in Böblingen, Germany in 1976, daughter to James Leslie Peterson and Judith Agnes
Peterson she was a resident of Westford, Massachusetts.
Jill grew up in Founex, Switzerland where she attended La Chataigneraie International School. Riding and caring for her horse was her passion. She was also a competent skier. She completed her high school at Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall near Boston and later moved to Huntington Beach, California where she pursued her love of art and graphic design studies, while working part time as a caregiver for foster children.
Although a stroke in 2004 left her partially disabled she continued to lead an active life including weekly horse riding. She also loved her cats and literature of legends, myths and spirituality. Her Christian faith was very important to her and buoyed her through tough times. Despite her daily difficulties she would always smile, be positive and had an ability to connect with people making her a much loved member in her communities.
Jill’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Edinburg Center for the exceptional care she received during their time with them.
She is survived by her parents James Peterson of Corseaux, Switzerland and Judith Peterson of Boston, Massachusetts and brother Bradley Peterson of Natick, Massachusetts and sister Kate Hamilton-Smith of Saint-Oyens, Switzerland.
ARRANGEMENTS - Friends are invited to her visiting hours on Thursday, August 2nd from 8:30AM to 9:30AM at the J.A. Healy Sons Funeral Home, 57 N. Main St. Westford. Jill's Funeral Mass will follow at 10 o'clock at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main St., Westford. Interment to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Westford.
In lieu of flowers, because of the exceptional care given and their mission to alleviate the burden of diabetes from all afflicted, the family encourages memorial contributions to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston MA 02215 or online at www.joslin.org/donate