HELENA (AP) – Nancy K. Peterson, director of the state Agriculture
Department, died early Saturday in Great Falls hospice care after a battle with
melanoma cancer. She was 52.Peterson was diagnosed with a recurrence of melanoma
early last fall, but underwent treatment and was improving dramatically when the
cancer spread to her brain and spinal cord in recent weeks, said Sarah Elliott,
spokeswoman for Gov. Brian Schweitzer."She will be deeply missed," Schweitzer
said. "Nancy has been a close personal friend, a wonderful boss and director and
strong supporter of family agriculture in Montana. Nancy's energy and zest for
life were contagious. She worked hard and always had a smile on her face. Her
family is in our thoughts and prayers."Born in Havre and raised south of
Gildford, Peterson carried on her family's tradition in agriculture by farming
more than 2,600 acres north of Havre.
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