Grace (Start) Pederson
September 12, 1931 ~ February 2, 2022
Grace Pederson, 90, of Pittsburg passed away at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Ascension Living Via Christi Village.
She was born September 12, 1931 in Liverpool, England to Ellen Start. She grew up in England, living in Liverpool. In 1944, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and served until 1952, then she enlisted in the British Women’s Royal Army, where she was a Communications Spotter for the Anti-Aircraft guns in Scotland, serving until 1956. While in the military, she was stationed at many areas throughout England and Scotland. She also lived in Ellendale, North Dakota, Thermopolis, Wyoming before moving to Pittsburg.
On September 8, 1956, she was united in marriage to Jason Marvin Pederson (U.S.A.F.) in London, England. He preceded her in death.
Grace was an Auxiliary Member of the American Legion, Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans Association #317 and a Volunteer for the Hot Springs, Wyoming Senior Citizens Center from 1999-2016. She received State and National Volunteer Recognition awards in Thermopolis, Wyoming. When she moved to Pittsburg, she volunteered and attended several Veterans Fellowship Camps.
She was a Nurse’s Aide and bartender. She was an avid gardener, raised chickens and sold their eggs.
Survivors include two sons, Harold Carl Pederson (19 years Army Ranger) resides in Leavenworth, Kansas and Stephen John Pederson (30 years U.S.A.F.); two grandsons; a close family friend, Ron Adams; and caregiver, Angela (Locke) Bicknell of Pittsburg.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen Start, her ex-husband, Jason Marvin Pederson, a son, David Marvin Pederson, and “adopted sister/close family friend, Anna Locke.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 9) at the Brenner Mortuary with Rev. Tom Wehrman officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to sign the register book. The family suggests memorials be given to the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post #64. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.
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