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Peggy Lynne Graham

September 11, 1949 ~ February 21, 2020 (age 70)

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Peggy Lynne Graham, of San Lorenzo, passed away on February 21, 2020. She was born in Oklahoma City, OK to parents Walter and Lois Graham.

Peg served as a Captain in the Marine Corps in Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare where she was in one of the first combined male/female Officer Courses, the first woman to be deployed aboard a combat ship, and the first woman instructor at Landing Force Training Command. Peg was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal while stationed in Alameda at Joint Task Force 5.

She then broke ground in Silicon Valley for 10 years as a Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, and Western Regional Technical Support Manager, supporting companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Bank of America.

She joined the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 2001 as the Chief Information Officer for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She then served as the IT Program Manager for Network 21 before moving up to VA Central Office in 2017.

Peg studied Theatre in college and was in numerous plays throughout her life, including Anne Sullivan in the Miracle Worker and Ellie Hilliard in the Desperate Hours.

Peg enjoyed sports such as sky diving, scuba diving, and horseback riding. She was also a brown belt in Tai Kwon Do. Peg also enjoyed dirt biking with her husband Glenn.

Peg bred, trained, and showed German Shepherd dogs for over 30 years. Her heart dog, MBISS, 2012 #8 GSD, Pacific Coast Victrix, GCHS CH Mariner’s Akaya RN HSAs RATO CGC TKN TC ROM “Moto” passed shortly before Peg.

Peg is survived by her husband, Glenn Forster, her sister, Jana Sanders, her nieces Kimberly Simpson and Jennifer Morris, and her nephew Daniel Sanders.

Peg’s ashes will be spread by her husband in a private ceremony, and interred in the Graham Family plot at Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

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