Paula Rae (Razak) Peterson, 70, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Abilene.
She was born Feb. 21, 1949, in Quinter. She attained a bachelor of arts in English from Fort Hays State University in 1971. She further attained her master of science in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University in 1984, and a certification in TESL from Kansas University in 1993.
She married Scott Stein in 1971. She dedicated 35 years teaching English and related courses at a variety of levels, finding enjoyment and fulfillment in her career.
She was awarded Teacher of the Year in USD 435 Abilene in 1991 and earned an outstanding community Education Award from Cloud County Community College a few years later. After her retirement in 2010, she taught as a part-time instructor for five years at the college level in Salina.
She served on many committees at USD 435 Abilene, co-chaired a state middle school conference, and was a member of the Abilene-NEA. She was a state representative two years at the NEA (National Education Association) convention. Additionally, she attended numerous educational conferences, conventions and workshops at the state and national level. She also presented at educational conferences.
She enjoyed traveling, especially in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Mexico. She taught English for one year in Abilene’s sister city, Minori (later renamed Omitama), Japan, and was the first of many Dickinson County residents to do the same. She continued to be active in the sister city program, hosting Japanese guests in her home and organizing the delegation trips for several years. Having a love of art, after her retirement she enjoyed volunteering as a picture person for the Arts Council of Dickinson County for six years. She was a life long Kansas City Royals fan. She was affiliated with the Methodist church throughout her life and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Abilene since 1980.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Lynn Peterson of 21 years,, Abilene; a sister Lenna Lea Wiebe, Shawnee; two sons, Phillip Stein and wife, Ashley, and Mark Stein and wife, Emily; her stepchildren, Andrea (Kyle) McCook and Bethany (Karl) Franz; and grandchildren, Lanie, Halee, Alyssa and Victoria Stein, and Kilynne, Myah and Asher McCook.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Abilene; followed by a private graveside service in Abilene Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at the church. A lunch will follow the service at the church in Wright Hall.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Hospice of Dickinson County or Alzheimer’s Association Heartland of America Chapter in care of Lynn Peterson, 1700 Beekman Place, Abilene KS 67410.
Condolences can be left at www.martinbeckercarlson.com.