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Ellen R. Lockhart

Ellen R. Lockhart, 90, died Monday, March 16, 2009 in Big Lake, Alaska.

She was born in Keewatin, on the Iron Range, to John C. and Emilia Henkens Peterson.

She graduated from Nevis High School in 1936.

She taught all grades in a one-room school in Minnesota, then moved to Oklahoma. She met Forrest and they were married in 1940. In 1943 Forrest was inducted into the U.S. Army. She worked for the Emergency Rubber Project in the guayule fields in California. When the war ended in 1945, they moved back to Minnesota.

They moved to Montana in 1948, then on to Pendleton, Ore.

In 1951 they drove the Alcan Highway. Ellen worked in collections at Providence Hospital. From 1960-84 they owned and operated Bud's Welding & Radiator Service at the corner of 9th and Juneau in Fairview.

They owned Scot's Mist from 1964, followed by the Allegro from 1974-1993 in Seward.

She won a battle with breast cancer in 1984, when she was one of the first patients chosen for a lumpectomy coupled with radiation treatments. She moved to Big Lake, Alaska in 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; a sister, Edna Romer; and two brothers: Roy and Ralph Peterson.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (John Erskine); a sister-in-law, Betty Peterson; and numerous nieces and grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

She and her husband's ashes will be mixed and divided with half being strewn in Alaska and the other half interred in the family plot in Nevis.

A celebration of life will be held at a date and location to be determined.