Mary Ellen Petersen Asher, 86, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on Dec. 26, 2018.
Mary Ellen was born Sept. 8, 1932 in Irene, SD to Herman and Leona Petersen.
She taught school for 37 years, 29 of them in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona, and also was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in the Netherlands.
After retirement, she loved to travel and each year would take one big trip to a far away place, besides flying to visit family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress and cook, loved animals especially dogs and she enjoyed genealogy work and scrapbooking. She also loved being a member of the North Phoenix Baptist Church and the Joy Singers choir.
Mary Ellen is survived by her daughters, Kathy Hocher (David) and three grandsons, Aaron, Andrew and John of Round Rock, Texas and Billie Christiansen (Lee) and four grandchildren, Alix, Tiffany, Paige and Grace of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Private burial will be later in the summer in the Irene Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Affordable Burial & Cremation Service in Austin, Texas. 512-596-2590