Carolyn Mary Petersen, 93, of Hammond, died Saturday, April 29, 2006 in Seaside.

She was born June 4, 1912 in Harney County to Arthur Theodore and Agnes Barbara (Henry) Rubens. Her first eight years of schooling was in a one-room schoolhouse in Dahlia, Wash.

She went attended Astoria High School and Astoria Business College.

She married Conrad W. Petersen Dec. 22, 1930 in South Bend, Wash., whom she met at Netel Grange where he was playing saxophone in the dance band. He died in 1998.

The couple lived on his parent's Petersen Dairy Farm in Lewis and Clark for two years before moving to Hammond, where they built their home tin 1939.

Mrs. Peterson worked at Point Adams Cannery. During World War II, she was a clerk in Fort Stevens Post Office, and later at the Hammond Post Office. The couple ran their own dances at the Hammond Dance Hall and at the Aragon Ballroom at the Astoria Airport until the "liquor by the drink" law ended the era of public dance halls.

In 1951, the couple bought Warrenton Electric Co. and operated the appliance and gift store and electrical contracting business until the late 1990s.

Mrs. Peterson was a direct descendant of Chief Concomly of the Chinook Tribe. In the 1950s and 1960s, she served on the Chinook Tribal Council.

Mrs. Petersen is survived by one daughter and son-in-law Carolyn M. and John F. Shepherd Sr. of Hammond; a brother, Joseph and his wife Bettie Rubens of Warrenton; a sister-in-law, Betty Rubens of Hayward, Calif.; five grandchildren and four spouses, Carolyn E. Shepherd and Christine and Ron Olson of Eugene, John Jr. and Leslie Shepherd of Hammond, Cynthia and Patrick Harber of Lewis and Clark and Connie and Michael Seutter of Ooltewah, Tenn.; seven great-grandchildren and one spouse, Amy and Gary Wilson of Lewis and Clark, Sean Shepherd of Bend, Sarah and Molly Shepherd of Hammond, Charlene and Conor Harber of Lewis and Clark and Olivia Caroline Seutter of Tennessee; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by five siblings, Arthur Theodore Rubens Jr., Louise Soderberg Taylor, Raymond and Chris Rubens and Kathleen Rubens Mansfield; and by two nephews Charles Soderberg and Robert Andrews.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton, followed by a gathering at Warrenton Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton High School band or to the Chinook Tribe's Recognition Effort in care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuary, 576 12th St., Astoria OR 97103.


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