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Nickle Mortuary - Delta, Utah - (435)864-3412

Nickle Mortuary - Delta, Utah - (435)864-3412

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Zara J Jensen Peterson

Zara J Jensen Peterson
Date of Birth:
August 29, 1931
Date Deceased:
November 11, 2021
Funeral Services
Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel
125 South White Sage Avenue
Date and Time:
November 20, 2021
Saturday: 11:00 AM


Friday, November 19, 2021, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at the Nickle Mortuary.

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 9:30 - 10:40 AM, at the Delta LDS Stake Center.

Burial in the Delta City Cemetery.

Service Recording: Funeral Service

Zara J Jensen Peterson


Zara J Jensen Peterson, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Delta, Utah, on November 11, 2021, surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren. The love that she shared with her family was evident in her last days as her loved ones traveled from all over Utah and nearby states to spend just a little more time with her.

Zara was born in Axtell, Utah, on August 29, 1931, to Cannon Peter and Dura Thorpe Jensen. She was the last girl born into the family of seven children and was loved by her siblings Don, Amoir, LaRae, Doreen, Bonnie and Hal. Zara’s family enjoyed singing around the piano and were very close. Zara’ brother-in-law, Jack, gave family members nicknames and Zara’s is “Zukie”. The family continued to get together as often as possible after they married and raised their own families whether it was a holiday, birthday, or annual family reunion in Mt. Pleasant. This love for family continues to extend among many generations of the Jensen family.

Zara grew up on a farm and loved animals. She had a lamb named Gertie and a pet pig. The pig would meet her at the bus stop after school. As an adult, she always adopted the stray cats that found their way to her house. With her dark hair, sweet voice, and gentle nature, she was a bit like Snow White.

Zara graduated from Gunnison High School in 1949.

At a dance in Centerfield, Zara met a handsome young man from Mayfield, named DeVon. He saw Zara from across the room and thought what a beautiful lady. He asked her to dance and hence started their relationship.

A favorite story from the beginning of their relationship was when DeVon went to the Jensen’s restaurant, the Karot Café, to pick up Zara for a date. On entering the café, her mother said, “Goddag hvordan har du det” in Danish. DeVon thought she had told him to get out and turned to leave, but Zara’s mother stopped him, saying, “What a good Danish boy from Mayfield doesn’t know any Danish? I said, ‘Good day. How are you?’”

Six months after the dance, Zara and DeVon were married in the Manti Temple on November 7, 1952, and started their life in Gunnison. In 1954, they moved to Murray, where DeVon went to work for International Harvester. In 1963, DeVon and Zara moved their children Melanie, Jeff, and Hollie to Delta where Mark joined the family, and DeVon became a partner with Lovell, Inc.

Three of their four children raised their families on the same block, and many of Zara’s grandchildren thought everyone lived next to their grandma. Her son Mark served in the Navy and lived with his family in San Diego, California until his retirement, when he moved back to Delta with his wife Sue. Zara was very proud of his service, and she enjoyed visiting his family in California.

Zara often visited her grandchildren to say good morning and lend a helping hand before they left for school. When they visited her house, she always had a treat of sugar cookies, sugar bread, or some other special treat.

Zara was always there to talk or make your day better when you were sad. She was always so thoughtful to remember a birthday.

Zara and her sisters were best friends, and her friend Darlene became one of the family. They would often take a trip to Wendover for a good time or just get together for a visit.

Although Zara was sweet and shy, she could be a bit spicy around the right people. She was always tickled to hear or share a “blue” joke.

Zara took pride in how she looked and in her home. She was known as a great baker and cook. She made the best chicken dumpling soup; iced sugar cookies were a tradition for holidays; and let's not forget her carrot cake and baked beans!

Zara was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she and DeVon taught Primary together as one of their assignments. Zara was involved in the community. She also supported DeVon as a volunteer for the Millard County Search and Rescue and the Delta Fire Department. Earlier this year, she and DeVon were honored to be grand marshals of the 4th of July parade in Delta.

Zara is survived by her husband: DeVon (Pete) Edgar Peterson; her children: Melanie (Paul) Olcott, Jeff (Sharon) Peterson, Hollie (Bevan) Hardy, Mark (Sue) Peterson; son-in-law: Stewart Dutson; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters: LaRae Johnson and Bonnie Anderson; brother-in-law: Stanford Peterson; and sister-in-law: Wanda (John) Wilcox. She is preceded in death by her grandson: Andrew Peterson, parents: Cannon and Dura Jensen, and siblings: Donald Jensen, Amoir Deuel, Doreen McMullin, and Hal Jensen.

Thank you to the hospice team, who helped Zara during the last week of her life.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 11:00 am, at the Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel, 125 South White Sage Ave. Viewings will be held Friday evening, 6-8 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S Center St; and Saturday, 9:30-10:40 am, prior to the service. Burial will be in the Delta City Cemetery.  The recorded video of the service will be available on Saturday afternoon with her obituary at

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