Patricia (Pat) Marilyn Logan Peters, 89, passed away August 7, 2019 with her family by her side. Pat was born February 12, 1930, in Plainfield, New Jersey, to Sidney Oscar Logan and Lilly Ann Smith Logan.
After graduating from Dunellen High School, Pat studied at The Art Students League of New York for a year. After that, Pat attended the University of Miami where she met and married Robert (Bob) Peters in 1955.
When Bob graduated in 1956, they moved to Oakmont, PA, and soon welcomed their first son, Jeffery Logan Peters. Four years later they moved to Corning, NY, where Bob began his career at Corning Glass Works, and a daughter, Cathleen Marie, was born. After Corning sent the family to Danville, VA, in 1962 for the opening of a new plant, the births of son Bobby (Pete) and daughter Dana Liane completed the family.
In 1965 the Peters moved to a 14-acre farm in Pittsylvania County, VA, where Pat spent the next 24 years raising her children and caring for a variety of animals, including award-winning Irish terriers, cats, horses, ponies, goats, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Even though Pat had not grown up on a farm, she remained unfazed by country life whether fetching home an escaped pony in the family’s Volkswagen bus, bringing twin goat kids with pneumonia inside the house until they recovered, or encountering the occasional copperhead snake in the yard.
With the farm’s fruits and vegetables, Pat created delicious apple cider, apple butter, jams, preserves, pickles, and other delicacies that were enjoyed by the family throughout the year, and she turned fresh duck egg yolks and goat milk into incredibly rich ice cream. She gladly shared this bounty with her nieces and nephews, who were welcomed to the farm for extended summer visits and whom she loved like her own children.
She bred the "Shantytown" Irish terriers at Slingshot Kennels on the farm and was a member of the Danville Kennel Club. She also usually had one German shepherd and, late in life, became involved in herding.
Actively encouraging her children to participate in extracurricular activities, Pat formed and led a local 4-H pony club and was the den mother of a Cub Scout den. She also attended numerous marching band competitions, horse shows, and baseball games in support of her children.
Pat was a natural-born caregiver, so a fitting progression in her life was attending nursing school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) when her youngest entered high school. She worked for several years at Danville Memorial Hospital on the orthopedics floor and then at Duke University Medical Center in Durham after relocating to Youngsville, NC.
After Bob retired from Corning Glass Works, Pat was instrumental in helping him start up and run Bob Peters Dog Shows, a company that kennel clubs hired to manage their American Kennel Club dog shows.
Pat was also very active in the Youngsville and Wake Forest area as a member of the Wake Forest Senior Center where she taught a low-impact aerobics class for 15 years, delivered Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors, and participated in line, square, and ballroom dancing classes and competitions. Later in life she revisited her true love—painting—and attended art classes at the Senior Center. She became an accomplished artist, turning her favorite memories into vibrant acrylic paintings.
An avid gardener, Pat relished trying out new vegetables and vividly colored plants and flowers in her Youngsville garden. And having traveled through Europe and Asia, she took delight in using her homegrown vegetables to recreate international dishes for her family.
Another activity she enjoyed was cross-country skiing, touring many ski resorts in Vermont and New Hampshire with her husband. She was also an avid tennis fan, trekking to New York City for many years to attend the US Open with her brother Jim and her daughter Dana.
Pat is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bob Peters; son, Jeff Peters of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Cathleen Peters of New York, NY; son, “Pete” Peters of Burlington, NC; daughter and son-in-law, Dana & Wesley Fox of Raleigh, NC; in-laws, Carole & John Ruggieri and Bill & Emily Peters of Youngstown, OH; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Immensely proud of her family, she leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.
She was predeceased by her parents, stepfather Gus Marx, brother, Jim Logan, sister-in-law Barbara Logan, sister Carole Logan Wessel, and brother-in-law John Wessel.
There will be a visitation at Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest on Friday, August 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and a gathering from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (across from the Wake Forest Post Office) where all are invited to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society are encouraged.