Live: West of Merrifield on North Long Lake.
Good thing you did this past holiday season: Peterson raised $584.38 for the Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes in December by selling 39 of her handmade smaller quilts at Schaefer's Foods in Nisswa. Peterson said, I made a sign that said, 'If you see what you like please take it and in exchange make a generous donation to the food shelf.'
Peterson went on and said, I have way too much stuff. I have more than I need and there are people who don't. It's just the way I am (on giving to different charities). It brings pleasure to others and that makes me happy.
Brenda Peterson worked on one of her quilts at her home, west of Merrifield on North Long Lake while talking about her passion. Her passion is creating quilts and selling them at events where the proceeds benefit a charity.
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If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be: My weight.
Your most treasured possession: A hand-stitched sampler made by my maternal grandmother. My mother had several miscarriages and when my mother was pregnant with me my grandmother told my mother that she had a good feeling that this one would make it. My grandmother hung it in her kitchen and it was there until the day she died. On the back of the sampler she wrote the story about it and that it was to go to me after she died.
How would you like to die: I told my doctors that I have to live to age 114 because I still need another half life to live. I have things to do. I guess, I'd rather die naturally as opposed to accidentally and I'd want to die knowing that I made a difference.
Living person you admire: My husband, Steve. He's a man of integrity, he's fun, loving, smart and he's given me the freedom and opportunity to do things.
Motto you live by: Always be willing to give far more than you expect to get back and if you do that you oftenly will be pleasantly surprised.
What occasion do you lie: If you interviewed anyone who knows me you'd find that it's a rare occurrence. I'm notoriously honest and I obey rules ... I guess if I did lie it'd be a false compliment that would make someone feel better.
- By Jennifer Stockinger,Staff Writer
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