Peterson, Shirley, - passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday October 25, 2018 in her Pleasantville NJ home, at the age of 84. Born Shirley Lois Jones in Atlantic City NJ, Mrs. Peterson attended Atlantic City Public Schools. She later earned an Associate In Arts degree from Atlantic Community College. Mrs. Peterson enjoyed a 30 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration where she was employed as a Computer Systems Analyst at the William J. Hughes Technical Center. Married for 55 years to former Pleasantville Mayor and Chief of Police Ralph Peterson Sr., Mrs. Peterson served a crucial role in the late mayor's political career, and worked tirelessly for the Democratic Party of Atlantic County. She was a member of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church of Pleasantville NJ. Mrs. Peterson is survived by her four children: Jennifer Armstead of Absecon NJ, Michele Armstead of Atlantic City NJ, Joanne Price of Galloway Township NJ, and Ralph Peterson Jr. of Weymouth MA; six grandchildren: Anthony(Pamela) Thomas of Brooklyn NY, Ronald Branch of Pleasantville NJ, Reddick Taliaferro of Galloway Township, Marlon Branch of Pleasantville NJ, Khendel Taliaferro of Atlantic City NJ, and Sonora Slocum of Milwaukee WI; nine nieces and nephews, five great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Peterson Sr., and her parents Ira and Lillian F. Jones. The family will hold a viewing, 9:00-11:00AM on Monday November 5, 2018 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pleasantville NJ located at 353 South New Road. Funeral services will begin immediately following the viewing at 11:00AM. Interment Atlantic City Cemetery, South New Road Pleasantville, NJ. Professional services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home 414 South Main Street, Pleasantville NJ 08232 (609)383-9994. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ralph Peterson Education Foundation, Linda Peyton, Pleasantville City Hall, 18 N. First St., Pleasantville NJ 08232

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