Mrs. Lynda Hollums Peterson, 70, of Smyrna, passed away peacefully August 12th, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. Mrs. Peterson was a 1961 graduate of Headland High School, earned a BS Degree in Chemistry/Physics at Woman’s College of Georgia in 1964, and earned a Master of Science Education from Georgia State University in 1984. She worked as a chemist at CDC and for 10 years at South Fulton Hospital. After a mid-life career change, she taught at Osborne High School for 12 years and Campbell High School for 10 years, where she became the first International Baccalaureate chemistry teacher in Cobb County, before retiring from teaching in 2006. She married John Edward Peterson on March 25, 1966, and they lived in Missouri and Texas while Edward served in the Air Force, before settling in Smyrna. Lynda loved meeting new people, always offering a smile and encouragement. Her adventurous spirit led her to make friends around the world. She took students on trips with People to People Youth Science Exchange to Russia, China, Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1992, she won the Presidential Award as Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Honor Teacher Award. For over three decades, she served in the choir of Cumberland United Methodist Church, and she also shared her beautiful voice with Smyrna First Methodist Notables Choir and Sweet Adelines Singers. After retirement, she remained active as a Master Gardener, member of the Jonquil Gardening Club, and Atlanta Lodge AMORC. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Edward Peterson; two daughters, Heather P. (Andrew) Ivester of Carrollton and Lisa P. (Jamie) Futch of Flowery Branch; one son, John P. (Amy) Peterson, II, of Smyrna; seven grandchildren, Wesley, Anna Kate, Rachel, Peter, and Caroline Ivester of Carrollton; Naomi and Roxie Peterson of Smyrna; brother-in-law Ray (Sarah) Peterson, and sister-in-law Kay (Herb) Jones of Rincon; eight nieces and nephews, twelve great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert Hollums; mother, Dorothy Estes Hollums; and brother, Belton Hollums. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Saturday, August 16 at Smyrna First Methodist Church, with the Reverend Jenny Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 15 at Carmichael Funeral Home, Smyrna from 5-8 pm. Memorial Contributions may be made to Cumberland United Methodist Church, 2375 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080.