Margaret Ann "Peg" Pattee (1951 - 2011)

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Margaret Ann "Peg" Pattee, 59, died at her home in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, April 11, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Peg was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Independence, daughter of Robert and Marian Pattee. She graduated from St. John's High School in Independence and attended the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in social work in 1973. She attained her Master of Arts in Education from Seattle University in 2000.
Peg was a world traveler and life-long learner and educator. She held various positions throughout her life, which allowed her to combine her passions for travel, social justice and education.
Since 2006, she worked at the University of Washington Medical School as a learning specialist in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, whose mission is to support diversity and insure success for those students in the medical school from unique cultural backgrounds.
Prior to coming to the University of Washington, she developed and held a similar position at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. In 2000, she served as an English Teaching Fellow at the University of Rwanda in Butare, Rwanda.
Peg traveled to over 18 countries and lived in several places for an extended period of time, absorbing, and living the culture, becoming friends with the people. She brought communities together to build a library in Africa, involving school children in the U.S. in the collection and donation of books.
She loved the outdoors, camping, climbing mountains, skiing, kayaking, sailing and open water diving. She served as a member of the ski patrol and was a certified EMT while living in Bellingham, Wash. Peg worked as a ranger with the National Park Service at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Slana, Alaska for several seasons.
Peg is survived by her siblings: Susan McMorris, Green Valley, Ariz.; Barbara McMorris, Barrington Hills, Ill.; Kathy Huston, Prescott, Ariz.; Janet Harms, Spirit Lake; and Dr. Tom Pattee, Cedar Falls. She was proceeded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert Pattee, Jr., of Independence. She has left behind several nieces and nephews and many close friends who cherish memories of her free spirit, love of adventure, wonderful smile and warmth.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Apr. 20, 2011
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