MaryAnne Petersen Granny was born February 17, 1930 in Reedsport, Oregon to Vivian Belle and Herbert Arthur Petersen and passed away in her home peacefully February 8, 2014.
MaryAnne moved to California at the age of nine, eventually landing in the Bay Area where she began her career as a bookbinder and was a homemaker. She was soon elected by her fellow union members into office as Vice President and Financial Secretary for the Graphic Arts International Union. She was also affiliated with the AFLCIO and the Teamsters. It was in this capacity that she was able to travel abroad to 19 different countries as well as across the United States. Part of her travels included a trip to Washington D.C., where she marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, one of her most inspiring and treasured memories. At 62, after a 40 year career, raising her children, and volunteering for ASPCA, she retired and returned to Oregon.
She made her new home outside of Jacksonville in Ruch. She found retirement an opportunity to dedicate her time to those things she was passionate about including volunteering for Lunch Buddies, Early Reader, Dog Therapy for returning vets at the White City Veteran Facility, Southern All Breed Dog Rescue, American Kennel Club, and manning the Information Center in Ruch for the Rural Action Team and Oregon State Police. There wasn't a day that went by where you wouldn't see Granny's van drive past. She was always doing something for somebody.
An unexpected blessing came MaryAnne's way when she was given the opportunity to represent Dollar GMC as the tough talking Granny Dollar with the tag line, Don't You Buy No Ugly Truck! She also represented Skinner Autoplex at the Southern Medford Speedway as the gate greeter Speedway Granny. She would go on to be embraced by the community as just Granny. She attended Ruch Community Bible Church in Ruch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian and Herbert, and her daughter, Patsy.
She is survived by her brother, Bert (Ann) Petersen; brother, Gordon (Ruth) Bopp; cousins, Lynda Hexton-Bruno, Michelle Straka, and Claire Straka Ellis; daughter, Theresa Acree and husband Rick Feeney; son, Buster (Debbie) Donohue; daughter, Shirley Donohue; grandchildren, Jeff (Holly) Acree, Kyle Donohue, Carly Donohue, Hannah Moore, Taylor Moore, Daniel Murillo, Kyle Feeney, Kory Feeney, and Jessica Feeney Baggett; great-grandchildren, Kylie Acree, Zoey Acree, Lily Acree, and Carlos Murillo; and many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with MaryAnne's wishes, the family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Cookies K9 Fund @ Oregon State Police, 4500 Rogue Valley Hiway, Central Point 97502 or Applegate Valley Fire District, 1095 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville 97530.
MaryAnne's life was beautifully lived and deserves to be beautifully remembered. The family wishes to extend the invitation to join us in a Celebration of Life May 17, 2014 at the Table
Rock Fellowship, 3610 North Pacific Highway, Medford, Oregon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.