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Margaret (Peggy) Katherine Follansbee Goldsmith: 1924-2018


It is in the joy of knowing a wonderful person that we sadly announce that Margaret (Peggy) Katherine Follansbee Goldsmith is gone from this world. She died as she lived, peacefully. Her passing came quickly Thursday morning, May 23, after three years of declining memory and just a few weeks of no longer being able to walk.

She was preceded in death by her husband Keith Goldsmith in 1978, daughter Laura in 2002 and son Garrett in 2013. She is survived by her sons Pepper and Randall, granddaughter Elizabeth and grandson Keith.

Peggy was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Holden, Alberta, Canada, and grew up in Hawaii, the second daughter of Katherine Pritchett and Charles Follansbee. As a child she was known for her ability to run fast, climb trees, and stay out of trouble.

Then she learned to draw, paint, arrange flowers, and dance – activities she loved all her life. She married in 1950 and settled in Edmonds on a mound her husband Keith named “The Knoll,”

There they raised their children, grew plants and had the largest collection of hybrid peonies in the Northwest for near 30 years, hosting a yearly show when “The Peonies were in bloom.” Peggy painted and gave watercolor lessons, which she continued to do until just about four years ago, having sold or given away over 1,240 paintings since she started keeping records.

She had many “Show and Sell” open houses, and showed in many venues over the years. One of her paintings is in the Edmonds Arts Festival's permanent display, and another hangs in the mayor's office.

Peggy's paintings reflect the way she lived her life, with care, attention to detail and deep appreciation of beauty. Her easy laughter and gentle gracious nature have inspired affection in those who had the good fortune to spend time with her.

We are hoping that as we gather one last time to remember Peggy, we will all be filled with the memory of her lovely spirit, awed by her many accomplishments, endowed with a will to do our best and challenged to find courage to face the world we live in with grace.

There will be a celebration of her life 1-5 p.m. June 24 at 22406 53th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace.

Please come, bring a story, photos of Mom's paintings you may have, some nibbles, or just yourself! Call 206-947-9148 or 360-643-0405 for directions.


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