Philena Waters “Doll” Peterson


Philena Waters “Doll” Peterson, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Bay Minette on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Doll was born on November 8, 1930 in Gateswood, Alabama. She was the ninth of 11 children of Stanley and Virginia Jernigan Waters.

Doll loved people and life. She never met a stranger, loved her family and friends. She and her husband, Elmer, loved traveling together. Doll lived to serve others. She volunteered with Disaster Relief, North Baldwin Hospital Auxiliary, was active in her senior adult choir, helped establish Keenagers and Happy Hearts. In her later years she was unable to go but used her phone and card ministry as her tools to stay active and to minister to others.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Barbara) Peterson, David Peterson, Cathy Peterson and Linda (Mike) Johnson; two sisters, Ida Lavone “Sweet” Hinesley and Susie Wilder both of Gulf Shores, Alabama; three grandsons and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Henry Elmer Peterson, Jr.; a son, Donald S. Peterson; a grandson, Chuck Kernells and eight siblings.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Chip Starnes officiating. Burial followed at Hamilton Baptist Cemetery in Gateswood.

The family received friends Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hamilton Baptist Church Perpetual Cemetery Fund, 32815 County Road 112, Robertsdale, AL 36567 or to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1628, Bay Minette, AL 36507.

Arrangements by Norris Funeral Home, 402 E. 2nd St., Bay Minette, AL 36507. 251-937-9596. Online condolences at