E. Jacqueline “Vee” (Santos) Peterson, age 93, formerly of Union Drive, North Kingstown, passed away at the home of her daughter in Warwick on Friday, March 22, 2019. She was the wife of the late Arthur F. Peterson Jr.
Born in Fairhaven, MA, a daughter of the late Francisco and Joaquina (Luiz) Santos, she lived in Warwick before moving to North Kingstown almost 40 years ago where she acquired many friendships. "Jackie" was so funny and very independent. She tap-danced, sang (including yodeling), and always dressed to the nines! In the early 50's neighbors would clear the street (dead-end) of kids playing and stand vigilant while she taught herself to drive! She was so very proud of her license! It was not unlike her to be seen driving her husband’s dump truck to do grocery shopping in her beautiful straw hat with plastic fruit surrounding the band. She was also an avid Bingo player. "Jackie" was definitely a pioneer among women setting the precedent for generations to come. She loved her family.
She was the mother of Sandra L. Scanlon of Warwick, Ronald F. Peterson of Warwick, and the late Richard W. Weaver; the grandmother of Lisa, Nicole, Kelly, Kyle, Ronald and Christina, several great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Jackie was the sister of Louise Sylvia of Marion, MA, Hilda Giarrusso of Johnston, Grace Gonsalves of New Bedford, MA, Arthur Santos of New Bedford, MA, and the late Mary Jesus, Amelia Baptiste, Rose Loureiro, Irene Gioiosa, Joaquim “Jack” Santos, August “Gus” Santos, Joseph “Chic” Santos, Antone “Tony” Santos and John Santos.
Her funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association. www.barrettandcotter.com