RIP, Peggy Levine

Artist, philanthropist, and Grass Valley First Lady Peggy Levine has died, as KNCO and social media is reporting.

“Levine was diagnosed with leukemia early this year and lost her battle this morning,” as KNCO said. “Funeral arrangements are pending. Margaret Warner Swan Levine was 73.”

“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,” KNCO continued. “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…”

We’d been checking on Peggy during her illness. When we last spoke she was upbeat, as usual, and we spoke about North Star House, one of her passions.

Here is Peggy’s listing in a local art guide we published for the Nevada County Arts Council this summer: “A natural drawer, Margaret received her B.A. from San Francisco State in 1968. She has been an avid printmaker ever since. M.W. Swan has mostly centered on intaglio with fine line work, multi-bites and physical plate changes. She is a long time member of the California Society of Printmakers.”

A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Peggy at the North Star House on Saturday, October 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “RIP, Peggy Levine”

  1. Rest in peace to a community icon who inspired with grace and compassion. I knew Peggy best because of her time on the school board at NJUHSD. She led with courage and insight, as she did in so many aspects of her life. Condolences to Howard and her dear family.

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