Ethel May Pederson, age 90, of Harrison, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Hillcrest Home, in Harrison. Ethel was born January 11, 1922, in Hardy, Arkansas, the sixth of eight children born to George and Hughie (Kimbro) Giesler. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore M. Pederson; a son, John Pederson; two brothers, Mose Giesler and Douglas Giesler; and three sisters, Mildred Cunningham, Waneita Giesler and Aneita Giesler.
Ethel was a member of the Northside Church of Christ in Harrison for over fifty years and a member of the Golden Years Class there. After graduating valedictorian of her class at Cove, Arkansas, she enlisted in the WAC Detachment of the US Army serving at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where she met her husband, Theodore, and they married in March, 1944.
Ethel was a homemaker for many years while raising eight children and later worked in the delis of both Edward’s and Hudson’s grocery stores in Harrison. She loved her children and grandchildren very much and she had a passion for flower gardening. Her church family and especially her Golden Years classmates were special to her.
Ethel is survived by four sons and their wives, Steve and Beckii Pederson of Harrison, Ron and Joyce Pederson of Malone, New York, Doug and Joanie Pederson of Berryville and Jerry and Karen Pederson of Bergman; three daughters and their husbands, Karen and Patrick McKinney of Centerton, Arkansas, Patsy and Mike Brothers of Eustis, Florida, and Terri and Jack Willis of Harrison; a sister, Helen Easterwood, of Wickes, Arkansas; and a brother, Carson Giesler, of Orlando, Florida.
Ethel is also survived by twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and other family; and many dear friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.
Funeral service was Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Northside Church of Christ in Harrison, with Jim Gaskill officiating.
Private interment was in Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bob Seesongood, Jerry Honey, David Kernodle, Bob Malone, Bill Edwards, E.R. Taylor, Rex Brazell and Bill Cole.
Honorary pallbearers were Ethel's grandchildren, members of the Golden Years class at Northside Church of Christ and Hillcrest Home’s caregivers and residents.