Alice Peterson

Obituary of Alice Peterson

Alice Hastings Peterson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family in her home in Santa Cruz California Wednesday March 15 2017 following a four year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Fruita Colorado June 30 1938 and spent the first two years of her life in Green River Utah at the family ranch. The family moved to Hawthorne, California in 1941 where her father was employed at North American Aviation manufacturing the P-51 fighter for the USAF. The family stayed there until 1970. When she was 18 she also went to work at NAA. By then NAA was building the Super Sabre jet and also beginning work on the Apollo space craft for NASA. She worked in the handbook department and also the film department. She met her husband Steve, an engineer, while working together on a handbook assignment. He thought she was something very special and they married in 1958. In 1962 Alice and Steve attended an event that preceded the first Renaissance Pleasure Faire the following year. They both decided this looks like a super fun thing to do for a future career. Alice and her friend Annette Sutton researched projects that might fit in with the theme of the Faire. They discovered apple dolls and developed a process to produce the dried apple head, constructed a little "fetish" out of sticks and ribbons and submitted it to the jury overseeing the arts at the Faire. The jury loved it and that started many years of Renaissance Faire participation. A hobby became a profession and when the Apollo program wound down they retired and participated in craft fairs until a few years ago. They moved to Santa Cruz California in 1970 where Steve's parents resided. When they retired from the Fair circuit, Patty Bowers owner of Black China Bakery asked Alice to come and work for her developing new vegan products and wedding cakes.

Alice was a gifted cook, often impressing famous and infamous chefs with her natural talents. Some of her creations appear in Bruce Aidell's publications where he cites her as an Accomplished South Western cook. She worked at Black China for many fun and food filled years. She also enjoyed sailing the Caribbeand and flying around the western U.S. with her husband and son. Alice was also a fine dancer and has worked in professional Flamenco troops including Santa Cruz's Viva Espana. She was the choreographer and tap teacher at the mid county Senior Center in Santa Cruz. Some of her dance teachers included Luisa Triana and Manuela de Cadiz (flamenco) in L.A., and Santa Cruz's Ladisla Pinheiro. She played bass guitar and performed in numerous local Latin and Brazilian groups including Los Schleppos Tipicos, Los Amigitos, Os Marinheiros, Samba Cruz, Samba 36. She studied music in master classes at Cal Brazil Camp in Cazadero California, Ubatuba Brazil and Jericoacoara Brazil. She continued cooking and playing music up until she went into the loving hands of Hospice care.

Alice is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stephen Peterson, son Michael Peterson, sister, Karen Bartlett, Grandchildren Chanda Peterson and Garrett Peterson.

A memorial service will be held June 11 at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St. Santa Cruz Ca. from 1PM till 5PM. There will be a food caterer, but feel free to bring something to share.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.