Peggy Steen passed away at her home in Shelton two weeks after her ninetieth birthday.
Peggy was born in a logging camp in Vernonia, Oregon on August 14th, 1933 (the first day of the Tillamook Burn forest fire) to Charles and Gertrude Mackie. Along with her older sister Joan, the family moved to the Port Orchard / Fragaria area shortly thereafter and Peggy attended South Kitsap schools until her freshman year in high school when they finished construction on what would be Mackie’s Grocery store and moved to Vashon Island.
After graduation, Peggy lived and worked in Seattle for several years until she and Gordon Steen married in the Cove Methodist church in 1958. A newspaper item about that event stated that they would “temporarily reside in Cove”. Almost sixty years and five Cove houses later, Peg and Gord moved to Shelton in 2016 to be closer to their daughter, Lisa.
Peggy spent her early working years doing everything from checking oil at the gas station she and Gordy owned to working up statistics for a fire insurance company, but eventually settled down to a 20-plus-year stint in the personnel department at K-2 Skis. There, she met pretty much everyone on the Island, thus partially making up for not having been born there. She was a woman who valued friends, family and hard work. Peggy enjoyed travelling, needlework, mystery novels and gardening in whatever spare time she had left over from keeping Gordy in line.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her husband of 58 years. She is survived by her daughter and seven nieces and nephews. No service is planned at this time.