Peggy Badran, 57, died March 19, 2010, in her California residence, after a courageous struggle with breast and ovarian cancer.

She was born Nov. 5, 1952, in Daly City, Calif., a daughter of  Phillip and Ruth Badran, the middle child of three, often referring to herself with laughter as “the Muddle in the Middle.”

Peggy studied classical violin and social work, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University. She moved to Frankfort in 1977 and worked with autistic children in Owls Head. Peggy worked as a Literacy Volunteer and as a volunteer hotline worker for Spruce Run in Bangor, an agency that provides support to battered women. She was hired by Spruce Run and became its volunteer coordinator.

Peggy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. After nine months of treatment, she was cancer-free for 12 years. After cancer treatment, she became the volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Eastern Maine, and then worked as an oncology social worker for Cancer Care of Eastern Maine. She loved working with patients and would express her personal understanding and empathy for the many issues they were dealing with.

Peggy loved children, and when the position of pediatric oncology social worker at Eastern Maine Medical Center was offered to her, she accepted. During this time, she went back to school for her master’s degree in social work at the University of Maine. She graduated in May 2005 and that following summer, returned to the Bay Area to be closer to her aging mother. In 2006, she moved her partner and their 20 pets to the Bay Area.

Peggy was known for her quiet strength and her bright smile. It seemed like everywhere she would go in the state of Maine, she would run into someone she knew. She instinctively knew how to help people feel positive, no matter what their situation. She always made time for her friends and acquaintances and showed care for all. Always one to want to improve herself and provide support, Peggy also was much involved in both the Bangor and Belfast recovery communities.

Peggy was known for her love of animals. She was involved with show dogs for a few years, working with her collies and Shetland sheepdogs. She was also known for facilitating the work of her therapy dog, Tyler, in all her places of work and in many volunteer organizations. She was a member of Coastal Crescent Kennel Club, Collie Club of Maine, and Maine State Cage Bird Society.

Her musical endeavors led her to join orchestras in both Rockport and Orono. In Orono, the concerts were held in a park bordering  the Stillwater River and she would arrive and depart by canoe, even though using the road would have been much easier. She was also a member of the Ellsworth Community Chorus. Her hobbies included camping, classical violin, scrapbooking, canoeing, kayaking and caring for her many birds, cats and dogs.

She is survived by a sister; her remaining 16 pets, including her 50-year-old parrot, Sydney; her former partner, Sue St. Clair; and many friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Phillip, in 1977; her special dog, Tyler, in 2004; her oldest sister, Jean, in December 2008; and her mother, Ruth, in January 2010.

In her memory, Peggy asked that anyone wishing to might send contributions to the continued veterinary needs of her beloved pets, care of Moosehead Trail Veterinary Hospital, P.O. Box 296, Newport, ME 04953.