JoAnn Gay Peterson (Deuel), 66, passed away peacefully in her sleep after a difficult battle with Cardomyopothy on Nov. 13, 2021 in Auburn, Washington.
JoAnn loved and enjoyed spending time with her rather large family but her deep passion will always be for horses. JoAnn is survived by brother and wife Carl and Donna Peterson; previous husband Lonnie Deuel; former husband Wayne Freeman; son and wife Scott Vernal and Kathy Freeman; grandson and wife Larenzo and Nicole Freeman; great grandchild Bryson Freeman; daughter Chelsea Kor’in Deuel (Stovall); granddaughter Lillyonna Deuel (Stovall); grandson Tristan Ley Deuel (Stovall); song and wife Anthony and Nita Edwards; grandson A.J. Evans; and granddaughters Savannah Deuel and Madison Deuel. JoAnn is also survived by numerous beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and cherished friends whom she cherished more than words could describe.
JoAnn is preceded in death by her father Vernal Peterson; mother Elma Peterson (Harris); brothers Donald, Jim and Ralph Peterson; sister Jean Peterson (Ulmer); daughter Lisa Dawn Freeman; son Stephen Patrick Deuel; grandson James Power Freeman; and son-in-law David Manuel Lopez.
JoAnn Gay Peterson was born July 13, 1955 in Twin Fall, Idaho to Vernal Wolford Peterson and Elma Peterson (Harris). She was the youngest of six children. Her love for the racetrack, horses and the open road came from being her father’s shadow during his own phenomenal careers as jockey, trainer and then as owner/operator of Peterson Livestock Hauling and Trucking.
JoAnn later graduated from nursing school in CSI in Twin Falls, Idaho with a degree in nursing. She worked as a very skilled and knowledgeable nurse who loved her job caring for others in many different places for nearly 40 years.
JoAnn met and married Wayne Freeman. The couple had children Scott Vernal Freeman and Lisa Dawn Freeman who passed away in infancy of SIDS.
JoAnn later met and married Lonnie Gale Deuel. The couple had children Stephen Patrick Deuel and Chelsea Kor’in Deuel. JoAnn then adopted son Anthony Edwards.
JoAnn was a social and active woman in many different places but spent more than 20 years in the Susanville community. She was a dedicated cheerleader for her family and friends and an undying passion for horses and a talent for horse racing that she shared with her father while growing up in the stables of numerous tracks.
A family graveside service is scheduled for Feb. 11 in Buhl, Idaho at the Buhl Cemetery with a reception to follow. Further details are still pending. Contact the family for more information. All are welcome to att4end and celebrate JoAnn Gay Peterson (Deuel’s) life.