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Helen Gorst Peterson

September 6, 1933February 15, 2021

Helen Gorst Peterson, 87, passed away February 15, 2021 at her home in Cordova, Tennessee. Mrs. Peterson was born in Brooklyn, New York to Arthur and Hazel Gorst in 1933. She was a professional ballerina and danced with the American Ballet Theater in New York. After moving to Memphis, she continued to be active in dance and was co-owner of Mid-South Academy of Performing Arts. Mrs. Peterson led an active life enjoying travel and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Peterson; her parents and three brothers, Frank Gorst, Harry Gorst and Howard Gorst.

She is survived by sons, Gary Peterson (Cathy), Eric Peterson (Janet), and Lyle Peterson (Andra); grandchildren, Brian Peterson (Sarah), Eric Peterson (Candice), Jessica Bittenbender (Eric) and Jessica Golday (Clay) and four great-grandchildren, Belle, Masen, Miles, and Dupree.

Funeral services for Mrs. Peterson will be held Friday February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m., in the chapel of Family Funeral Care, 4925 Summer Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Southwoods.

  • FAMILY

  • Vernon Peterson, Husband (deceased)
  • Arthur and Hazel Gorst, Parents (deceased)
  • Frank Gorst, Harry Gorst and Howard Gorst, Brothers (deceased)
  • Gary Peterson (Cathy), Eric Peterson (Janet), and Lyle Peterson (Andra), Sons
  • Brian Peterson (Sarah), Eric Peterson (Candice), Jessica Bittenbender (Eric) and Jessica Golday (Clay), Grandchildren
  • Belle, Masen, Miles, and Dupree, Great Grandchildren

Services

26 February

Gathering of Friends and Family

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Family Funeral Care

4925 Summer Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38122

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
26 February

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Family Funeral Care

4925 Summer Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38122

Memories

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Jim & Susan Crittenden

February 23, 2021

We extend our deepest sympathies.
Helen was such as dainty spirit and we always enjoyed hearing her stories of the ballet and New York!
Dancer, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother were her many talents and prosperity.
We always enjoyed her sweet presence and clever conversations greatly at all the family celebrations.
She can never be replaced but her love and memory lives onward with her family and the lives she has touched.

Kristi Sill

February 21, 2021

Mrs. Helen taught my ballet classes, along with Paige, from 1988-1993. She was absolutely a fireball, so determined, and the person whose approval I most wanted to have. We all adored and respected her. Once, during a long rehearsal for Swan Lake, I had grown lazy waiting for another dancer to perform while holding my pose, and she kicked my leg and said, “Point your foot!!!” HOW I loved her for it!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY