Obituary of Margaret Clare Waite
Margaret "Peggy" Clare Waite was born in Seattle to Ed and Clare Waite, and raised in Seattle and Edmonds with brothers Ed, Jamie, Steve and Don. The untimely death of her youngest brother Don by hospital error was devastating to her and affected her deeply all of her life.
Peggy was a 1969 graduate of Blanchet High School. She enjoyed attending all of the reunions and was grateful to make it to the 50th. She attended WSU for a year, then her restless, independent, and adventurous nature led her to Hawaii in 1970. After 6 years, her restless nature took hold again and she moved to Alaska, spending numerous years there. She came home for 2 years, then was "called back" to Alaska. She returned home 28 years ago.
Peggy spent 40 years in the hospitality industry working in hotels and for independent owners. She enjoyed working with tourists as much as the locals making many friendships along the way.
Peggy loved to travel, whether solo, with friends, and shared many trips with her mother. She cherished her friendships, many lasting 50 years, and those of lesser longevity as well.
Peggy was deeply saddened to learn her time was limited as there were more adventures ahead, places to explore and people to see. She requested no services. A private interment in Seattle and scattering of ashes in Hawaii will be scheduled at a later date.
Peggy hopes her spirit will live on as expressed in a favorite poem she heard at a memorial service over 40 years ago.
Do Not Stand at My Grave And Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye