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Margaret Atkinson (Peggy) Lewis

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Margaret Atkinson (Peggy) Lewis Obituary

Margaret (Peggy) Atkinson Lewis, passed away quietly in her home, Friday, July 30th, two days before her 94th birthday.

Born August 1, 1916, in Seattle, WA and adopted as an infant by Morton and Margaret Atkinson, Peggy was a world traveler. In 1939 she traveled to the Philippine Islands to marry Charles Case whom she met while attending Roosevelt High School. Charles was killed in a plane crash in 1944 during World War II.

She then moved to Los Angeles. While there, she and a friend gave a ride to a couple of young Air Force officers, pilots hitchhiking to Long Beach. One was Lt. Saint Elmo Lewis. They married 3 months later, spending the next 64 years together, traveling and raising a family. They were stationed 6 years in Germany and lived in or visited 49 of the 50 states in the USA, including both Alaska and Hawaii.

Peggy's passions were her family, her pets, reading aloud, knitting, and fishing. She and Saint settled in Chico in 1961, purchasing their home in Butte Creek Canyon in 1963. Though often debilitated by Trigeminal Neuralgia and severely hearing impaired from early childhood, Peggy worked several years in the office at Diamond Match Company and later was a top salesperson for Home Interiors.

After Saint retired from teaching at Fairview High School, they again traveled the United States, fishing and visiting many of the national parks. Peggy never turned down an opportunity to go fishing, crabbing, or clamming. She attributed her longevity to a diet based on ice cream, cheetos, and chocolate. She maintained her sense of humor and was joking with the Hospice nurse just three days before she passed.

Peggy is mourned by her loving husband of almost 65 years, Saint Elmo Lewis; her two daughters, Sandra Lewis and Sally Viera; her three grandchildren, Jessica Johnson, and Jane and Joseph Viera, and her two great-grandchildren, Gavin and James Johnson. Peggy also loved her numerous nieces and nephews in Washington, Oregon, and California.

A private family memorial service will be held in the future.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, which she supported for many years.

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2010
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