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Edna "Beth" (Petersen) Choate

November 28, 1939 — May 24, 2019

Edna Beth Petersen Choate, 79, of Seminole, OK died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 24, 2019.

Beth was born on November 28, 1939 in Tremonton, UT to Leland H. and Edna Oyler Petersen and graduated from Three Forks High School in Three Forks, MT in 1958.  She attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, UT and graduated in 1960. Beth served an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central British Mission.

On February 8, 1964, she married William Wesley Choate in the Idaho Falls, ID Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple.  They lived in Texas, Maine, Nebraska, Guam, Oklahoma City, OK and Seminole, OK. Her husband preceded her in death, June 22, 2017.

Beth was a strong influence for good and welcomed countless family and friends into her home over the years for Sunday dinners, having grandchildren over, holiday gatherings and hosting reunions. She made it a point to attend as many of the celebrations of life--showers, weddings, birthdays, funerals, recitals, plays etc. as she could and always remembered the birthdays of each of her children and grandchildren. She often visited those who were sick or otherwise in need and looked for ways to help- giving rides, bringing food and a listening ear. Beth was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. She sang in the choir and enjoyed teaching in the nursery. She volunteered to help with events in the community. She had a talent for creating a warm, welcoming home and in addition, operated a cleaning business for 30 years. Her legacy is one of love, service, integrity, strength and sacrifice. Her family was her greatest joy in life.

Survivors include her children LaNae (Tim) Stout of Lehi, UT, Billy (Susan) Choate of Seminole, OK, Jim (Angie) Choate of Seminole, OK, Steven (Nancy) Choate of Seminole, OK, Carol (Wayne) Cook of Choctaw, OK, Linda (Darrell) Hardy of Oklahoma City, OK, David (Amanda) Choate of Middleton, WI, Paul (Cindy) Choate of Seminole, OK, Jason (Calista) Choate of Midwest City, OK and Dr. Eric (Mindy) Choate of Eagle Mountain, UT; Two brothers, Dee (Carolyn) Petersen of Knights Landing, CA and Mark (Vicki) Petersen of Mineola, TX and one sister Ann (Dick) Rapp of Idaho Falls, ID; 52 grandchildren: Jared (Taylor), Rick (Kelsee), Nick (Kayla), Brian (Chloe), Todd Leland, Spencer, Adam, Alyssa, Sariah, Matt, Devon, Amy, Michael, Daniel, Jake, Abby, Rachel, Andy, Luke, Gavin, Thomas, Bekah, Kayla, Janet, Ethan, Ben, Tanner, Sam, Ryan, Natalie, Nathan, Jaxon, Emma, Leah, Josh, Ammon, Jonathan, Isabel, Kaylena, Logan, Levi, Luci Jo, Hannah, Joseph, Issac, Jett, Juliah, Bryce, Elias, Lexi Beth, West and Maxwell, and four great-grandchildren: May Kelly, Lincoln, Beckham and a baby boy due in July 2019.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Burke (wife Yvonne, also deceased) Petersen of Denton, TX, Jerald (wife Joan) Petersen of Orem, UT, Lynn (wife Beverly, also deceased) Petersen.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Seminole Nation Veterans Cemetery, east of the Mekusukey Mission in Seminole.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse at 2500 John St., Seminole, OK 74868.

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Arrangements are under the direction of OK Cremation and Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

2500 John Street, Seminole, OK 74868

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