Deloris Ellegood Peterson, 100, passed away peacefully February 6, 2018, at her home in Dumas.

She was a faithful wife, Razorback fan, a business leader, philanthropist, and enjoyed international travels.

Mrs. Peterson was born in Weiner, Arkansas, on July 25, 1917, to William Ellegood and Doris Housman Ellegood.

She was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and attended Arkansas State University.

Deloris and Merle moved to Dumas in 1939. They owned and operated Dumas Motor Company for more than 35 years. Upon retirement from the Ford dealership they played vital leadership and civic roles in Dumas. They helped to develop the Dumas Assisted Living Facility and were major supporters of the Delta Area Community Foundation, Delta Memorial Hospital and the Desha County Museum.

Mrs. Peterson was a faithful member and leader in the First United Methodist Church where she taught the Fidelis Class for many years. She was a member and officer of Circle IV, which now bears her name. She was also an active member of Dumas Business Women for more than 60 years for which she was presented an award for her dedication and service.

In 1979, Mrs. Peterson was honored as Citizen of the Year for Dumas and in 1988 was named Ding Dong Mama of Dumas.

Deloris worked daily in her office thru age 97, managing her business and farming interests as Peterson Enterprises.

Her support of the Delta community will continue as her substantial wealth will be passed on to various philanthropic organizations throughout Southern Arkansas.

Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Merle F. Peterson; her parents, William and Doris Ellegood, and her nephew, Roland Elder.

She is survived by her sister, Iola Elder, 99, of Bella Vista; her loving and faithful caregivers of Dumas, her nephews and nieces, Bill Elder of Fayetteville, David and Tina Byrd, Pat Phillips of Gould, David Phillips of Atlanta Georgia, Robert Byrd of Mountain Home Arkansas, Julie Byrd Draper of Jonesboro, Janice Ann Phillips Funk of Little Rock and Annabelle DeMuth of Huntington Beach, California; and great-nephew and niece Boyd Elder and Graceann Elder Johnson.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 11 at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Tandy Hanson officiating, followed by interment in Walnut Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 230 Court Street, Dumas, Arkansas 71639 or the charity/organization of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home.


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