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PEGGY (WILSON) WARRACK

"This above all: to thine own self be true."

Peggy was one-of-a-kind and known for her style and flair. She passed peacefully at home in Anacortes on Sunday 1/22/12 with daughters Judy and Victoria at her side.

Peggy, born in Seattle, graduated from Garfield High School and attended University of Washington.  She married Jim Warrack, Jr. of Seattle in 1942 and they moved to Alaska until Jim joined the Army. Following WWII, they settled on Hunt’s Point in Bellevue. Peggy, always the individualist, loved beauty and the arts. She co-chaired the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair in the 1950’s and was a Seattle opera season ticket holder for many years. She loved being there on opening nights, wearing a fabulous designer outfit.

Peggy and Jim were charter members of the Overlake Golf Club where Peggy was an avid golfer. When they retired to Orcas Island, they became charter members of the Orcas Tennis Club where she became an avid tennis player. Peggy was active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Medina and served on the Altar Guild.

Peggy had great compassion for disabled children and dedicated many years to the Child Hearing League and the Orthopedic Guild. Later, in Anacortes, she volunteered in the schools to work with deaf children.

Following her husband’s death in 1982, Peggy moved to Anacortes where she became a member of Soroptimist’s International and volunteered at the Anacortes History Museum.  Peggy took her own place in history with the grounding of the Elwha ferry when she was dubbed the “Siren of the San Juans”.

Peggy will always be remembered for her heart-to-heart connections to people, her sometimes acerbic tongue and for never holding back her opinions on any subject. She wrote many letters to the editor of the Seattle Times, the Washington State Ferries and state legislators.

Peggy was never generic, and was recognized by her convertible cars, martini lunches and local generosity.

Peggy is survived by her sister, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Peggy's life is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army; Southwest Indian Foundation; Union Gospel Mission; Children's Hospital; and Harborview Burn Center.

Last modified onFriday, 17 February 2012 15:23