Barbara Elaine (McBride) Peterson, 68

Barbara Elaine (McBride) Peterson, 68, was called to heaven on June 7, 2015. Barb was born Dec. 29, 1946, the 11th child of Opal Rose (Emlinger) McBride and Emmitt McBride.
Barb was born in the Mt. Pleasant area and has resided in Allegan for the past 37 years. She married Joel Peterson on May 18, 1968, and dedicated her life to her husband and three children.
Barb launched a successful fitness business, Aerobics by Barb, and taught fitness classes for 15 years. A talented seamstress and entrepreneur, Barb owned Barbara Elaine's Formalwear where she created beautiful gowns for her daughters and patrons. She also designed costumes for professional and amateur world dance champions.
An avid gardener in her spare time, her elaborate flower gardens were enjoyed and admired by friends, family and fellow gardeners. She also enjoyed traveling, going dancing with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.
Barb was loved and will be greatly missed by her husband Joel of 47 years; her children, Jeannette Pratt, Theresa Hacker and Alison Peterson; three granddaughters and two grandsons; her sister Lorraine Davis; brother Gary and sister in-law Julie McBride; brother Lyle and sister in-law Sharon McBride; and many nephews and nieces.
Barb devoted her entire life to her family and could always be counted on for love and support. She had a fun beautiful spirit, a resilient strength and a huge caring heart. The impact of her life will be felt for generations to come. She was an amazing wife and mother who was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be missed every minute of every day.
A gathering with family and friends will be Sunday, July 19, in Allegan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wings Home, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010 or the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at


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