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PAULL, Margaret Ruth

Margaret Ruth Paull passed away Monday, November 25 at Quaker Gardens in Stanton, California where she had been living for three years. Peggy, as she was known to her family and friends all over the world, was born in 1919 in Miami, Arizona to William Paull and Ruth Haisley Paull, a territorial baby of Arizona who is listed in the Sharlott Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
Peggy spent most of her life in Montebello, California where she received her early education. She was graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a Bachelor of Science and from University of Southern California with a Master's in Education after which she began a long and successful teaching career in the California Public Schools where she was an elementary and middle school teacher for 34 years. In Winnipeg, she was an exchange teacher during the 1962-63 school term. In 1965 she was an observer to the World Federation of the Teaching Profession in Addis Ababa. From 1967-1970, Ms. Paull served as principal at the Ramallah Friends Girls School on the Occupied West Bank of Jordan. This experience led to lifetime commitment of prayer for peace in the Middle East.
Peggy described herself as blessed with "a better than average sense of direction and a fascination for far away places with strange sounding names." A woman with a passport full of stamps from all over the globe, she began her world travels in 1948 when she joined the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) summer trip to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France. So began a lifetime of travel on all seven continents and to over 110 countries including an around the world trip in 1973. Her service to the FWCC included being a representative to FWCC triennial meetings in Australia, Sweden, Tokyo as well as other locations. She was also asked to be a special representative to the Middle East, India, and Japan. She felt it a life mission to be used in the Quaker tradition of traveling in the ministry.
Traveling widely not only for the FWCC, but also for adventure, exploration, and enjoyment always with a camera around her neck, Peggy made many trips including with Elderhostel. One of her favorite trips was through the Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways among the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
She was a longtime member of the Montebello Friends Meeting until she transferred to First Friends Church in Whittier where she held several leadership posts. She was also a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the National Education Fraternity for Women. After retiring, she lived in Leisure World in Laguna Woods for 30 years participating in many clubs and classes including investment, pottery, computer science, the local Camera Club of America chapter where she won awards for her meticulously and beautifully produced slideshows, and as a an active member of the recorder society where she played several different types of recorders. A generous giver to environmental, world hunger, and needy children organizations, she had a big heart always aware of the world's great needs. Peggy will be remembered as a remarkable woman, exemplifying the term lifelong learner with a selfless and generous spirit and a peaceful and humble demeanor who always loved a good joke or practical prank.
She is survived by her brother, John Oliver Paull of Savannah Georgia, two nieces, Betsy Paull Mitchell of Riverside, Connecticut and Nancy Paull Rosebush of Washington, DC, and Thomas Neff, of Greenwich, CT, the husband of her deceased niece, Susan Paull Neff, ten grandnieces and nephews, and six greatgrand nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 11 am at First Friends Church in Whittier. In lieu of flowers, contribution can be made to Quaker Gardens, 12151 Dale Street, Stanton, California 90680.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Dec. 3, 2013
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