LaReal Nadene Mitchell Calderwood Pettijohn

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

Former Alaska resident LaReal Nadene Mitchell Calderwood Pettijohn died Oct. 16, 2008, in Bremerton, Wash., from complications due to diabetes and old age. She was 79.

A visitation will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, with the funeral at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3250 Strawberry Road in Anchorage.

Mrs. Pettijohn was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Provo, Utah, to Mary LaReal and Charles W. Mitchell. She learned to play the piano in junior high school and went on to accompany many individuals and choirs in her lifetime. She graduated from Provo High School on May 24, 1946, and was valedictorian of her class. In 1947, she was the Utah County Centennial Queen. She graduated from Brigham Young University on June 5, 1950, with a bachelor's degree. She married Keith Wright Calderwood on June 7, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. She was a member of the Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

They moved to Alaska in 1959. They had five children and were very active during their lives with their family and church. Keith died in Anchorage from cancer in January 1987.

On Oct. 17, 1992, she married E.T. Pettijohn and moved from Anchorage to Wasilla. The couple served a mission from Nov. 1993 to May 1995 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ireland and then Florida. E.T. died from cancer in 2007. Mrs. Pettijohn had been living in a nursing home in Poulsbo, Wash.

Nadene was preceded in death by her husbands, Keith Calderwood and E.T Pettijohn; parents, Mary LaReal and Charles W. Mitchell; brother, Charles Ray Mitchell; and aunts, Florence Barker and Etta Jones.

She is survived by her sister, Arla Renee Mitchell, of Provo; and children, Karen Ellis, of Kenai, Dr. David K. Calderwood, of Huntsville, Ala., Dean W. Calderwood, DDS, of Columbia Falls, Mont., Kenneth E. Calderwood, of Kenai and Korene Calderwood of Bremerton; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Arrangements were made with Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.

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