Margaret Burnham (Peggy) Ricketts
1942 - 2020
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Margaret (Peggy) Burnham Ricketts

Margaret (Peggy) Ricketts passed away in Bellevue, Washington on May 11, 2020 after a long and heroic battle with chronic illness. Born in Schenectady, New York on May 3, 1942, the granddaughter of Ernst Alexanderson, internationally recognized pioneer in radio and television development, her family moved to Thousand Oaks, California in 1958. Peggy graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1960 as class valedictorian. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she taught middle school in California and then moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979, where she taught middle school as well as English as a Second Language. She received her master's degree in education from Seattle University. Peggy radiated warmth and generosity of spirit to all who knew her, valued her relationships with her friends and family members, and loved all animals, especially cats.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Dean Ricketts, M.D.; her brother, Joseph Burnham; her son, Alex; her daughter, Dawn; her stepson, Tim; and her three grandchildren, Claire, Daisy, and Dean.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 17, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
Peggy was such a warm and inclusive person and she brought friendship and counsel into our lives, even as she struggled with her health. We have lost someone truly special. To Dean and her family, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We are holding you close in thought and prayer during this difficult time.
Steve & Sheilah Varon
May 21, 2020
So sorry to learn of Peggy's passing. She was indeed a beautiful lady.
Evelyn Chestnut
May 17, 2020
Prayers and love to your beautiful family. My heart goes out to you all. What a beautiful lady inside and out. I'm so blessed to spend time with her. Be at peace Peggy. Much love, Michele
May 17, 2020
Rest in Peace my dear friend. God Bless you and your family. ❤❤❤
Sharon Mizell
May 17, 2020
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