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Peggy Zuleika Lynch

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Peggy (Margrette) Zuleika Lynch Peggy (Margrette) Zuleika Lynch, well-known Texas poet, author, and lecturer, passed away on March 6th in Austin at the age of 94, surrounded by her family. A third generation Texas woman and daughter of the late Carolyn Roberts Eaton of Austin, Peggy was born in Fort Worth and called Texas home for most of her long life. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Fine Arts with highest honors from Southern Methodist University, and was a life-long educator and communicator. She held a permanent Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas and taught speech on the university level at UT Austin in years past. A prolific and deeply-respected poet and sponsor and mentor of poetry and poets in later years, her poems have been published nationally and internationally. In 1983, Peggy and her husband, retired Air Force Major General Edmund C. Lynch, co-founded Poetry in the Arts, Inc. to actively promote poetry, music, and art. In 1991 she was a knighted a Dame of Grace by the government of Malta, and in 2005 at the 18th World Congress of Poets, she was crowned Poet Laureate International and became the permanent Vice-President of the United Poets Laureate International. During her long career as an author, Peggy wrote 9 books of poetry, co-authored 12 additional poetry books, and co-edited 15 anthologies, among them From Hide and Horn. Behold Texas, an anthology of Texas poetry by Texas poets, was the only poetry book selected by the City of Austin, Texas, for inclusion in the Centennial Time Capsule to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of classes for the University of Texas. She is survived by her son, fellow author John J. Nance; her daughter, Texas attorney Mary Carolyn Carmichael; her granddaughters Katie, Kirstie, and Carrie Carmichael, granddaughters Dawn Nance, Bridgitte Krupke, and grandson Christopher Nance, and great-granddaughters Gwyneth, Natalie, Ruth, Khyla, Acacia, Mila, and great-grandsons Jackson and Elijah. Peggy was the sister of the late Virginia Grubbs Noel of Houston, one of the first female lawyers to work in the office of the Texas Attorney General during World War Two. Peggy lived a long and honored life during which her deep and sincere love of her fellow man was forever demonstrated by legendary empathy and generous nature. And it is also true that she loved a good party, threw many of them over the decades, and even danced just last summer at her son's birthday party in Washington's San Juan Islands. To say the world was a better place for Peggy's presence and affirmation of life is a monumental understatement. She will be so missed. Memorials in Peggy honor will be used to continue her vision for Poetry in the Arts, please send to John Nance 5520 75th Ave. Ct. West University Place, WA 98467 Funeral Services will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1500 Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), Austin, Texas 78746 , on Saturday the 17th of March, at 11 o'clock in the morning, with the committal immediately following at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock drive, Austin, Texas 78732. Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome. com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 16, 2012
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