Vivian Peters

Vivian Eldora (Spooner) Peters, a devoted farm wife and homemaker, passed away suddenly in her beloved Ledger farm home on Monday, April 1, 2019.

 Memorial services were held Friday, April 5, at Pondera Valley Lutheran Church in Conrad.

The daughter of Alphonse and Agnes (Haworth) Spooner, Vivian graduated from Shelby High School in 1946, marrying Lester (Bud) Peters in 1947. They were married for 63 years, raising four fortunate children on the farm. Together they were the house of entertainment, always providing family and friends with a cold drink, hot meals and lots of laughter.

Vivian and Bud were known far and wide for their association with the Montana Model T Association, racing in over 30 Montana Endurance runs and attending numerous antique car-touring events. Viv and her Ledger friends loved “blue birding,” setting up birdhouses all along the Marias River, and they still continue the tradition today. She was an organized historian and bookkeeper, saving stacks of articles to share with everyone.

Vivian was a devoted wife and mother, supporting her kids’ academic, artistic, extracurricular events at Central School, Shelby High, Montana State, and in their individual careers. Vivian was known as the “fun Grandma,” sitting hours playing cards, games or solving puzzles with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was the queen jokester and loved pranking her family through the years.

Vivian is survived by her four children,  Susan Thorp of Cut Bank, Sandra Simons of Shelby, Sally (Rick) Aschim of Sunburst, and Terry (Julene) Peters of Ledger; her 11 grandchildren, Rhonda Grainger (Cut Bank), Patrick (Shelley) Simons (Washington), Marilee (Jonathan) Newman (Bozeman), Heidi (Pat) Cotter (Helena), Ryan (Elyssa) Thorp (Washington), Richie (Janelle) Thorp (Washington), Cassie (Mack) Andrews (Ledger), Rhett Aschim (Great Falls) , Steven Peters (Idaho), Whitney Aschim (Chester), and Brett Peters (Ledger); her six great grandchildren, Madison Simons, Paige Simons, Gage Clothier, Ava Simons, Addy Cotter, Vivian Newman plus three more are on the way;  Viv’s siblings, A.H. Bob (Maureen) Spooner, Juanita Hasquet, Chuck (Cathy) Knapp, Anna (Marvin) Hamman, John (Craig) Spooner and Raymond (Eric) Spooner. 

Vivian was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bud Peters; and her brother, Barry Spooner. 

Condolences can be made to Vivian’s memorial page at