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Gift that leaves a legacy: Ryans bequeath $170,000 to two Jefferson County nonprofits

May 13, 2019 / Brian McLean

Peggy and Joe Ryan met as volunteers at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Both widowed, they knew they were perfect for each other. While they were alive, the Ryans valued education and stable housing. Their legacy will continue to have an impact now that they’re gone. The Ryans bequeathed more than $170,000 each to the Marine Science Center and Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, gifts that are being put to use with long-term planning and construction. A public reception to honor the Ryans will be held at 3 p.m. May 30 at the Marine Science Center Museum, 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend. “Home ownership is harder and harder to achieve,” said Meg Cotner, Peggy’s daughter. “Mom never gave us the idea that renting was a bad thing. She understood its value. She understood it’s a lot of responsibility to own a home.” Cotner, who works as a writer and editor in Portland, Ore., said her mom always liked scien...