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Mary Anne (Holboke) Peterkort, 1922-2012
January 29, 2013
News PictureMary Anne Peterkort of Hillsboro died on December 27, 2012 at age 90. A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro.

Mary Anne was born on February 23, 1922 to Amanda and Henry Holboke, and spent her childhood, as the third of nine children, at the family farm which was on Barnes Road near the current location of St. Vincent Hospital. After graduating from Beaverton High School, she worked as the first rose grader for J. Peterkort & Company.

In 1952 she married Albert Peterkort, beginning their 55-year partnership raising seven children, and running her own small geranium business. When freeway construction meant the end of their first family home, they bought a new farm near Hillsboro and rebuilt their home and Albert’s greenhouse business, Peterkort Roses. Albert died in 2007.

Mary Anne was a wonderful mother who encouraged her children to develop their talents in art, music and scholarship. The house was filled with books and art supplies, and every kind of pet from cats to ponies was accepted – as long as they stayed outside.

If you were looking for Mary Anne and she wasn’t in the house cooking, you could usually find her in the garden, planting tulip bulbs or harvesting vegetables. In the evenings she would work on her latest embroidery project. Holidays were celebrated with gusto, and she especially loved Christmas.

When the children were grown, she was able to travel with them and enjoyed trips to India, Europe and Hawaii.

Mary Anne is survived by her children Sandra (Jim) Laubenthal, Pamela (Jack) Maher, Karen Peterkort, Steven (Anna) Peterkort, Norman (Cathy Garrison) Peterkort, Madalyn (Samir) Rustagi, and Sheila (Jack) Davis. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, as well as her sister Barbara Lombard of Pasco and brother Theodore Holboke of Boring. The family gives grateful thanks to her caregivers, Karen Peterkort, Norman Peterkort and Cathy Garrison, and Linda, Julia and Dana.

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