Ada Belle
Ada Belle Peterson Born April 7, 1923 - Los Angeles Died November 26, 2010 - Torrance Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and great, great- grandmother, Ada Belle was born in South Los Angeles and was raised in the Morningside Park section of Inglewood, CA. As a teenager, she was active in Job's Daughters along with her three younger sisters. They are June Logan of Long Beach, Nancy Singley (Chet) of Anaheim, and Donna Walsh (Gene) of Durango, CO. Her life was centered around the Methodist Church where she met and married Robert L. "Bob" Peterson, October 31, 1942. Their daughter Jean Chamberlin (John Delaney) became the light of her life in 1943 and with the return of Coast Guardsman husband Bob, their son Steve (Angela) was born. In 1948 the family moved to Hermosa Beach and all have lived in the South Bay ever since. Ada Belle loved her children, her four grandchildren, three great- grandchildren and one great, great- grandson. Ada Belle became a member of United Methodist Women, serving as President and was always active with them. With her husband, she worked in his L.A. Examiner circulation office in Hermosa Beach until 1970. When Bob became a Hermosa Beach Rotary Club member, she joined their Rotary Anns and served as President of that group in the late 1960's. She became a member of P.E.O., Chapter IQ, Hermosa Beach in 1971 until the present. As the family grew they camped in happy places such as Huntington Lake, Ca, Yellowstone and other locations mostly in the western states. In 1957 the Petersons began their traveling with a trip to Europe for a Rotary Convention in Lucerne Switzerland, thus beginning a love of that life that never left her. Always a church person, she sang in the choir many years. She dearly loved her life at the cabin in Pine Cove, Idyllwild and spent many happy times there. Her latest love was the birth of her great granddaughter Natalie Thompson, January 4, 2010, a joy she treasured. In passing, she leaves, in addition to her sisters, husband and children, many family members, cousins and beloved friends. A memorial service for Ada Belle will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, December 2 at First United Methodist Church, 243 Broadway (at Torrance Blvd.), Redondo Beach, CA. A Memorial fund for Ada Belle Peterson is at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made there, or to a charity of choice.

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  1. Hi, Bob: I’m so sorry about Ada Belle. She had a smile a mile wide. She was a such great person to sit and talk with at those cemetery gatherings we used to have, like the Memorial Day lunches or the staff retirement dinners. We are all going to miss her.

  2. I am grieving for all of the Petersons. Ada Belle was the epitome of a “lovely lady.” I’m so sorry I can’t attend the memorial service but I’ll be there in spirit supporting all of you and thinking about her.

  3. I’m very sorry about Aunt Ada Belle. She and Uncle Bob have just ‘been there’ my entire life. Always loving and caring and interested in our lives. I think I can speak for all their nieces and nephews and say that we’ll always remember their generosity in taking us to Disneyland. And we’ll remember Ada Belle for that trip to the cabin and the wild ride down the mountain on the way home. 🙂 All my love to the family and I wish I could be there to celebrate Ada Belle’s live with you. Sue

  4. Bob, know that my heart will be with you at Ada Belle’s service and if I could be there I would be. I will always remember her smiling face at our many shared music events. I send my prayers. Love, Carole

  5. Ada Belle’s obituary was a lovely tribute. I remember that she was very supportive of the Beach Cities Symphony where her husband is one of the original founders.

  6. Bob, I can’t imagine losing my life-long best friend. You are and will be continuously in my thoughts, especially in the coming months. You and Ada Belle created such a wonderful family to support you, but I know nothing can fill the void of losing your wife who has been your constant companion. Take care….Jim

  7. Dear Mr. Bob and Uncle Steve, Thank you for being a part of our lives. We will honor the memory of your wife and mother and have enjoyed the stories of her life at the Camp in Idlewood. Always and Forever, Sessie Cantrell Manieri

  8. Dear Bob: I was so sorry to hear of Ada’s passing. You have been such a friend to me and MB Rotary. I wish you much comfort in this time of loss. May you treasure the memories of good times and happy moments. Dave

  9. Dear Bob, I am very sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences. While I did not know Ada personally I understand she was a marvelous Rotary-Ann and loving wife. My thoughts and prayers, and I am sure those of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach, go out to you. Roger Cox President – MBRC

  10. Bob, So sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. You and Ada were such a great pair of dedicated Rotarians. Our thoughts are with you. Sandi & Mike Doell

  11. On behalf of my father, I share in your grief. I wish I had known more of my father’s friends. Harry E. Keller, III Member, Manhattan Beach Rotary Club

  12. Dear Bob, We want to pass on our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You showed by example how important family and service to your community should be. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Bob, My thoughts are with you and your family in the loss of Ada Belle (wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother,rotaryann) and most importantly your best friend. With sincere sympathy John Rhind

  14. To Bob and the entire Peterson Family: Please accept my condolences for the passing of Ada Belle. May the wonderful memories and the love that you have for her comfort you during these times.

  15. Bob, We were so sorry to hear of Ada Belle’s passing. We will remember the happy times we shared with both of you as well as the fun at the cabin in Pine Cove. She will be greatly missed.

  16. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Peterson family. While I only knew Ada Belle for a short while, she showed a true caring and love for others. I will keep that as my memory of her.

  17. Ada Belle was a magnificent woman. I admired her and her loving family. Love and Prayers for all of the Peterson Family. Rest in peace. God bless you.

  18. Bob,June, Nancy and Donna, My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this time. I am so glad I was able to spend some time with Ada Belle (and all of you) at Nancy and Chet’s 50th. Those are wonderful memories. Lorree

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