Argabright was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and moved to the West Coast in the 1960s. She settled in Southern California, where she attended college and became an elementary school teacher. After her children were grown, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in education from California State University. In the years that followed, Argabright devoted herself to teaching and taking education courses, eventually becoming president of the political arm of the California Teachers Association.
Argabright fell in love with Lakebay after visiting friends in the area. She and her husband, Wayne, left Southern California in 1995 and built a home on 5 acres of woodland with a view of Carr Inlet.
Though retired, Argabright continued her interest in teaching children. She served as a volunteer tutor at Vaughn and Evergreen elementary schools for 11 years and was also active in the Peninsula High School scholarship program.
Argabright worked with many charitable organizations. She supported the Food Backpacks 4 Kids program by raising funds and providing weekly provisions. She helped collect items for the KP Community Center food bank and made donations to its veterans assistance program. She served two years as president of the Penrose Guild, which raised funds for the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and was active in many other community activities as well, including the Welcome Club, The Soundsations, the Bayshore Garden Club, and Blade and Spade. Because she gave so freely of herself, Argabright was honored with a nomination as KP Citizen of the Year.
Argabright was able to stay in her beloved home in the woods the last few months of her life thanks to the caring and faithful caregivers who loved her. She is survived by Wayne, her husband of 21 years; her son, Fred of Riverside, California; her daughter, Diana, of Moreno Valley, California; her two grandchildren, Colin and Amber; and two great-grandchildren, Cayden and Colt.
A celebration of life for family and friends will take place April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Longbranch Improvement Club with music and dinner.