Kilty Peters passed away December 19, 2019 at her sister’s home in Murphys, Ca, surrounded by family and friends.
Kilty was born in Sedro-Woolley, Washington on May 17, 1956 to Wayne and Marjorie Peters. She graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1974, Go Cubs! She began her college years at Washington State University. At 19 years old she took a year off from college and traveled around the world. She ended the trip in the United Kingdom with her grandmother, Etta Nicoll. When Kilty returned she attended the University of Washington where she graduated with a degree in History and Political Science. She spent college summers working in Alaska at a cannery and as a baker. Later she attended Western Washington University and received her degree in Teaching with an endorsement in Special Education.
Teaching was a passion for Kilty. Her students were not just her students for a year, they were her kids for a lifetime. Kilty taught for 32 years in the Silver Valley Unified School District in Barstow, Ca. She taught all grades from PreK to 8th grade. She continued to learn and grow as a teacher up until she retired. She loved her fellow teachers from the days of her childhood to her most recent coworkers.
No matter where Kilty was Skagit Valley was considered home. Every chance she had she would spend it in the Valley. She would enjoy visiting her family and friends, making memories to last a lifetime.
Kilty was a devote Episcopalian and enjoyed the comaraderie of the Sedro-Woolley and Barstow congregations. She loved hearing peoples’ stories and supporting them anyway she could. She accepted all walks of people and wished them peace, shared her wisdoms, gave her time, and spread her love.
She loved exploring the world by herself or with family and friends. She traveled, cruised, and frequented many countries and states. The ocean was one of her favorite destinations. She could spend hours beachcombing and just watching and listening to the water. Guemes Island was a family favorite destination.
Kilty was a Jill of all trades. She was an avid reader and storyteller, a historian, an adventurous cook, a phenomenal baker, an event coordinator extraordinaire, a baby whisperer, an animal lover, a card shark, a gardener, a puzzler, a quilter, a lover of the arts, a sports fan, a supporter of anything local to her communities, and a beloved aunt/adopted “Auntie Kiki” to so many!
Kilty is survived by her sister, Kassie Walker and husband Ken; her brother Kirk Peters, her sister-in-law, Tina Rexroth and family; nieces Sara (Dave) Puglsey, Ricci (Shawn) Winchell, Carley Ormesher; nephews, Andrew (Jo) Walker and Matthew Walker; great nieces and nephews, Hailey, Jared, Elliot, Jude, and Aspyn; uncle Gary Wiggins and Jan; cousins Kim Thompson and Jennifer Forney; God-Mother Marie Sims and family; and many extended cousins. Kilty had a way of making friends and friends turned into family everywhere she went. She is survived by special friends including Carole Cunningham, the Showman’s of Kansas and numerous others from all over the United States.
She is preceded in death by her parents Wayne and Marje Peters; Brother Kent; Aunt Jackie; and cousin Gary Wiggins Jr.
In retirement, Kilty had planned to split her time between Skagit Valley and Kansas where she created an extended family with the Showmans. Her path instead gave her invaluable time with her best friend and sister, Kassie, in California. The Lord has called her home and she will forever be remembered by our cherished memories of her, her legacy will live on.
We extend a special thank you to her friends down in Barstow who helped her through all the ups and downs: Ingrid, Gwen, Ms. T., Loel, Nancy, Joanne, Wayne, Barb, and her Barstow Church family.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 1pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the St. James Episcopal Church/Central United Methodist Church, 1013 Polte Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA with a reception to follow.
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Arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Kilty and sign the online guest register.