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Margaret Louise Peterson, 98, of Columbia, formerly of Lebanon, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in her daughter’s home in Columbia.

She was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Lebanon, Mo. to Raymond Medley Sr. and Eva Jennings Medley.

On June 22, 1946, she married Carl W. Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Carl in 2007; two infant sisters; and two sisters-in-law, Joan Medley and Charlotte Medley.

Louise was born and raised in Lebanon, and graduated from Lebanon High School in the Class of 1940. In 1942, Louise met a young soldier that was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, and had been attending Taylor Avenue Church of God, where Louise and her family attended. A love story developed between the two and upon his return from Europe during World War II, in December of 1945, they were soon married. Carl attended Anderson University receiving his degree in theology and became a minister in the Church of God (affiliates in Anderson, Ind.). For over 50 years, Louise faithfully served as a devoted pastor’s wife when Carl ministered in Kennett, Mo., where their daughter was born, Lebanon, and Jefferson City. After Carl retired, he and Louise made their home in Lebanon and were active in Highland Park Church of God. Louise was also a devoted homemaker and loving mother throughout the years. She loved music and often sang at church with her husband, her father, and other members of the church. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was active in the Women’s Missionary Group. She also supported the Pregnancy Crisis Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Levonne Morgan and her husband Lee of Columbia; three grandchildren, Kirk Wendell Morgan, Landon Royce Morgan and his wife Malia, and Moriah Lovinda Morgan and her fiance’, Tharon Lowry; 10 great-grandchildren, Kenny, Gabriel, Mary, Eva, Lilly, Aden, Marley, Hannah, Keaton, and Lorinda; a brother, Raymond Medley Jr. of Lebanon; two nieces, Mitzi Farricker and her husband Ed, and Lorna Patterson and her husband Tim; a number of cousins, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Margaret Louise Peterson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Lebanon with Sam Simmonds and Jim Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials to the Highland Park Church of God and to the Pregnancy Support Center have been established and contributions may be made through the funeral home. For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit