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Obituary: Margaret Bostwick Brooks

On June 29, 2010, Margaret "Peggy" Brooks passed away peacefully at Kachina Point Health Care Center near Sedona, Ariz., where for more than a year she enjoyed excellent care and the companionship of her dear friend George. Before moving to Kachina Point, Peggy lived for nearly 11 years in Prescott, Ariz., to be close to her daughter, Sue Knaup.

However, Peggy's roots remained in Mill Valley, Calif., where she was born on July 24, 1924. Those roots reach back to her grandfather's time when he, Frank Bostwick, helped found Mill Valley and became its first mayor. This pioneering spirit ran through both her parents, Helen and Stewart Bostwick, as they stepped up to help their community by founding the Mill Valley Tennis Club. Helen was also one of the original founders of the Marin County Humane Society.

Peggy took her family's activist baton with pride, never letting an injustice pass without a sharp word or a fiery letter. She kept animal welfare as her priority cause, keeping a lookout for animals in need of help.

Memories of Peggy always include her cheerful attitude and love of a great story. Those who knew her well were treated to her favorite jokes and an evaluation of their astrological outlook.

Peggy claimed to have learned tennis before she could walk, often telling of joyous days spent at the Mill Valley Tennis Club with tennis pals too numerous to name. Peggy's love of adventure enticed her on trips through Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. She explored the less-trodden trails of Marin County on countless hikes with her dear friend Nabi and backpacked in the Grand Canyon with her daughter.

Though her life included hardships, her cheerful attitude and gritty determination never failed to lead her through the storms where she was always ready for the next adventure. This spirit carries her still.

If you have fun memories of Peggy to share, please bring them along with photos and mementos to a casual gathering in Peggy's honor on her birthday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the Mill Valley Tennis Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Marin County Humane Society at www.marinhumanesociety.org.

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