A courageous and thoughtful woman of letters has been lost. Lora A. Peters was born in 1923 in Oak Grove, Murray County, Okla., daughter of Lora A. Arms and Annie Belle Penick. Her family endured the worst consequences of famine caused by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. On school days, she placed a stone in a sack and walked to school to distract others from the fact that she had no food. When the family did farm work, they had no gloves to protect them from the scorpions and burrs. She worked hard all her life to save money so that her family would never have to endure the kind of poverty she lived through. She and her husband Jack had one child in 1942, a girl, and named her Jackie. Jackie became a nurse and an army captain, which was her mother’s fondest wish—Lora had to leave school in the 8th grade. Lora’s siblings, Maybelle, Nick, and Kenneth, have all passed on. Her husband died in the 1990’s. Her only child, Jackie, died in 2009. Her only surviving progeny is her granddaughter, Pamela, and Pamela’s children. She was 92 and never wanted to outlive her only child. She was a staunch supporter of Israel and of various social programs. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please donate to the World Jewish Congress. She was also a member of the DAR, Eastern Star, and the Scottish Society of San Antonio. Lora made many quilts and did much genealogical research, much of which has now been entered by others into international databases. She was a strong, upstanding member of the community who encouraged others to achieve and succeed, and she will be missed. A private service will be held February 20, 2016 in Pflugerville, Texas.
Published on  January 22, 2016