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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Peg Engwall 1921-2012 (Cofounder of Topanga Canyon Banjo & Fiddle Contest )

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zoneboy - Posted - 11/23/2012:  18:15:15

Margaret Jean "Peg" Engwall, Peg Engwall, 90, died peacefully on November 16, 2012, at her home in Olympia, WA, surrounded by family. Peg was born November 20, 1921, in Philadelphia, PA to Kennerley Bryan, Jr. and Jean (MacEwen) Bryan. She graduated high school in New Westminster, B.C., in 1938 and graduated from UW in 1947. She married Otis J. Benepe in 1943. They eventually moved to Southern California where they raised their three children. Peg taught guitar and cofounded the Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Contest. She helped establish the Santa Monica Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. After moving to Palo Alto, CA in 1964, Peg became a registered nurse. She and Otis moved to San Juan Island in 1971 and divorced in 1974. Peg earned a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from UW in 1977 and moved to Dillingham, Alaska to work in alcohol counseling for Bristol Bay Native Health Association and later in Anchorage for RuralCAP. Peg married Bill Engwall in 1979 and retired and moved to Washington with Bill in 1982, living happily on Camano Island and in Anacortes until 2005. Peg travelled to Europe several times, especially enjoying Greece and Florence. She volunteered at the Friends of the Anacortes Library with Bill, and claimed the distinction of reading more books than any other Anacortes Library patron. Peg and Bill moved to Olympia in 2005. Peg was an active member of the Olympia Friends Meeting. She volunteered at Madison Elementary School to read with youngsters, the Washington State Museum, and Friends of the Library. She continued her love affair with books and reading, participating in book groups and a writing class. Peg enjoyed walking in parks and in town, greeted everyone with a smile, and practiced yoga for the last fifty-five years of her life. She lived life with integrity and a sense of irreverent joy, and never hesitated to speak her mind, especially in her later years. She is survived by sister Janet MacEwen Graves of Newport, OR; children Janet Patterson of Cotati, CA; Paula (Joe) Strain of Olympia; Bryan (Heather Stansbury) Benepe of Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia; stepdaughters Paulette (Tom) Schlander of Duluth, MN, and Roxanne Amos of Roseburg, OR; grandchildren Michael Strain, MacEwen Patterson, William Patterson, William Strain, Michael Schlander, Megan Amos, Mackenzie Benepe, Claire Steffey, Noelle Benepe, and Zoey Benepe: nine great-grandchildren; and nephew Bruce (Linda) Seton. She was preceded in death by husbands Otis J. Benepe and William T. Engwall, sister Mary P. Seton, niece Christine Sandstrom, and grandson Stephen Strain. Peg's family thanks Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice, Group Health, and the 4th floor staff at St. Peter's Hospital for their compassionate and loving care during these recent difficult weeks. Donations in Peg's name can be made to the Anacortes Public Library, Timberland Libraries, or to the Olympia Friends Meeting. Come celebrate Peg's life on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Olympia Friends Meeting, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia, WA, 98506. Please leave remembrances and read more at

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