LaVeda Ann Francis (Peitersen) was born to Lola Mary McLaughlin (Francis) and Charles Albert Lee Francis in Fort Morgan Colorado, on Aug. 14, 1936. LaVeda married James Peitersen in 1979, and they fulfilled their lifelong dream of traveling the United States, as professional exhibitors. LaVeda and Jim brought their jewelry business, LaBijoux, to Ruidoso, N.M., in November 1988. They opened their business in the Gazebo shopping center. Soon they added candy, dried fruits, trail mixes and chocolates, as a Mountain Man franchise.
LaVeda and Jim moved to the Wild Snail in 1991, and the shoppe was named Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppe. LaVeda created her own blend of Misty Mountain Christmas Coffee, for which she holds a U.S. patent and trademark, and for which she is remembered. LaVeda also holds a patent on Billy the Kid Coffee, Taste of Ruidoso Coffee, Taste of Roswell Coffee, Taste of Southwest Coffee, Billy the Kid Tea, and Wassail Tea.
LaVeda and Jim bought the Old Ice House in 1993 and operated Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppe until in September 2007, when they sold their business. LaVeda and Jim maintain ownership of Misty Mountain Gourmet Shoppes, Inc.
LaVeda was loved for her incredible ability to make her Shoppe into a place of warmth and hospitality. LaVeda enjoyed her customers and sampling her coffees, teas, soups, fudge and other goodies throughout the year. LaVeda brought Italian Cream Sodas into her shoppe, as well. Customers flocked in from many miles away to get their tasty treats.
LaVeda went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 20, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. LaVeda is survived by her husband Jim; daughter Dawna French, of Anacortes, Wash.; son Edward Lee Hahn, of Windsor, N.Y.; grandchildren, Angela Collins, Jeremiah French, Nathan French, Vanessa Buska, Edward J. Hahn, Ethan Hahn and Curtis Hahn; great-grandchildren, Amber French, Caleb French, Elijah French and Ev’angeline Hahn. LaVeda will be missed as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.