PEGGY LEE CHILES Peggy Lee Chiles passed away peacefully at the Chico Care Center in Chico, California due to Alzheimer-related complications. She was born on September 30, 1932 in San Francisco to Henry Lee and Marcella Bianchi Chiles. She grew up on her family ranch in Chiles Valley near St. Helena, California where she attended public school and roamed the unpopulated hills of Chiles Valley with her dog and horse. Peggy eventually moved to Chico to attend Chico State and graduated with a degree in Education. Peggy devoted her entire teaching career to the children of Chapman Elementary School in the Chico Unified School District. She was named by her peers as Teacher Of The Year in 1972 due to her extraordinary talent and hard work in helping children to learn at their highest level. Besides teaching, Peggy was also known for her extraordinary culinary talents and artistic gardening. Peggy was proud to be the great- granddaughter and last direct descendent of an early California Pioneer, Joseph B. Chiles who, along with his friend, John Bidwell, organized a wagon train to come to California in 1841. Joseph B. was related, through the marriage of his daughter, to the Davis family that founded Davis California. Eventually he acquired land in northern California from the Mexican government that bears the Chiles' name to this day. He is well known in history as the builder of the first gristmill in Northern California. Peggy is predeceased by her companion of many years, Duncan Liston. She is survived by her 1st cousin, Gena Penne, of Red Bluff CA, distant relatives in Davis, CA, as well as her many friends and former students.
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