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Artist, Activist Peggy Levine Dies


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Artist, philanthropist, and Grass Valley First Lady Peggy Levine has died. City Councilmember Lisa Swarthout has known Levine and her husband Howard for over 30 years, and says she moved next door to them about 15 years ago…

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Peggy was involved in art all of her life–mostly printmaking. Many of her etchings are on display at the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City. She was also involved in theater, and built sets for her mother’s theater company as a child. She married current mayor Howard Levine in 1968, and the two moved to Grass Valley in 1975 and ran the Swan-Levine House as a bed and breakfast. Levine was also involved in preservation of the North Star House and served on the Historical Commission, but perhaps is most remembered for organizing Donation Day with the Ladies Relief Society…

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Levine was diagnosed with Leukemia early this year and lost her battle this morning. Funeral arrangements are pending. Margaret Warner Swan Levine was 73.



1 Comment

September 25, 2017

Lisa Johnson

It is like a stab to the heart to read of Peggy passing. What a joy it has been to know her. She has made a huge contribution to our community. My heartfelt condolences to Howard and the family, and to all who feel the loss of Peggy.

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