Rebecca Sue “Becky” Peterson, peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 2 at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne after battling with many medical issues over the last two years. Becky came into this world weighing only 4 pounds 11 ounces, on March 21, 1972. Her dad always called her “special”. She believed it and let everyone know it. At the age of 5 she was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Becky went to school in Wheatland, graduating from Wheatland High School in 1992.
She participated in Special Olympics, winning many medals and ribbons. She was selected to represent Wyoming at the1985 International Special Olympics Winter Games at Park City, Utah in cross country skiing.
Becky received the Bronze Congressional Medal of Honor in 1992 for volunteering at the nursing home in Wheatland and other worthy accomplishments. Both of her grandmothers watched, beaming with pride, her receive this honor at the ceremony in Cheyenne.
After graduation Becky moved to Magic City (a sheltered workshop) in Cheyenne. She lived in a group home. While there she had lots of friends, including boyfriends. She participated in many activities and felt normal. She was often seen having a good time in the community. One of her favorite times in the summer was to go to the concerts at the Depot. Becky worked several jobs while in Magic City until her dad retired, “she said that if dad retired then she wanted to retire too.
She had a knack of being friends with everybody and never forgot a face. She touched many hearts. If she met you once she remembered you. Everybody got a hello and a warm hug from her.
She enjoyed camping with her family. She also went on vacation trips with mom and dad. These included Nashville via Memphis. Becky had pictures taken with Shania Twain and Clint Black just to name a few. She got to attend the Rose Parade, went to the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, N.M., and many other places.
Becky touched many lives in her lifetime and will be missed.
Becky spent the last two months of her life at the Davis Hospice in Cheyenne.
She is survived by her parents, Jim and Joyce Peterson of Wheatland; brother, Eric Peterson; nieces Marissa and Daryan Peterson; and nephew, Kaleb Peterson all from Wheatland.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alvin and Wilma Haase of Torrington and Robert and Florence Peterson of Fort Laramie.
Memorials may be made to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009 or your choice would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com