Peggy Coulter Gilbert died peacefully Nov. 27, 2002 at Careage on Whidbey Island. Born March 15, 1909 on Capitol Hill in Seattle, she lived in the Northwest among friends and family, enjoying grandchildren and her beloved Seattle. She was an athletic child, swimming across Lake Washington, climbing the ski slopes before lifts, ice-skating and golfing.
As a pianist she played, Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin and never missed the Saturday Metropolitan Opera broadcast, especially Puccini. She often commuted by boat to classes at the University of Washington from Port Madison, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in Romance languages and serving twice as president of her Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She wrote and edited for her childhood friend Bill Speidel and helped in the development of the Seattle Underground. She infused her children and grandchildren with a life-long love of reading and an insatiable curiosity about the world. She is survived by her daughter Page and Tom Baenen of Whidbey Island, son David and Lyn Gilbert of Sequim, grandchildren Lisa Haines, Allyson Johnson, Gordon Gilbert and Cassie Gilbert. In lieu of services, remembrances to Alzheimer’s Research www.alzwa.org or Washington Chapter, 12721 — 30th Ave. N.E. Suite 101, Seattle 98125.