November 13, 1936 ~ July 3, 2019

Born in: San Diego, California
Resided in: Boone, North Carolina

Constance Lynn Wagnon Peterson, 82, formerly of Boone, NC passed away the morning of July 3, 2019 in Lakewood, CO where she had recently moved to be close to her daughter and her family after living in Boone for 43 years. She was known to friends and loved ones as “Lynn.”

Lynn was born in San Diego, California to the late Lucien Edward “Ned” Wagnon and Frances Marion Fripp Wagnon. The family had deep roots in South Carolina and eventually moved back to the Southeast United States. Lynn spent her childhood and teen years in West Palm Beach, Florida. Lynn became a competitive swimmer at age six with the Palm Beach County Swim Team and continued swimming in high school with her school’s championship-winning swim team. At 16 she was named to the Florida all-state swimming team. She graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1954.

Lynn attended Palm Beach Junior College, later transferring to the University of Florida (Gainesville). During this time, Lynn participated in student government, held class offices, sang in choirs and trios, and was a member of a number of clubs including journalism, Spanish, and drama. She played intramural volleyball, competed in varsity swimming, and performed with UF’s synchronized swim team, the “Swim Fins.” She was inducted into Phi Rho Pi, the college honorary speech society and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.

After graduating, Lynn began her teaching career, gaining experience in Florida, Indiana, Vermont and Washington before moving to Boone, NC in 1975. She taught in Watauga County Schools for 27 years, including 11 years at Mabel Elementary School and 16 years at Hardin Park Elementary School, focusing on Language Arts and Reading for early childhood and middle school children. She retired in 2004 after dedicating 34 years to working with students.

Lynn was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boone and enjoyed being a volunteer in many of the church’s diverse ministries. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and served six years as alumni personnel advisor to the chapter at Washington State University. She was a loyal supporter of the Humane Society of the United States and the National Wildlife Federation. Lynn’s passions included her beloved cats, flowers from her garden, the beach, her church, friends and family, and blessed joyful occasions.

Lynn was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; her husband Alden Harry Peterson; her brother Lucien Edward Wagnon, Jr.; her sister-in-law Jean Breedan Wagnon; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Left to cherish Lynn’s memory are her daughter Tracey L. Avant and her husband, Maurice P. Martin, one grandson, Benjamin, her son, Scott Edward Avant, two granddaughters, Rahne Avant and Briana Avant, three adult stepchildren, Patricia Iaccarino, Kristine M. Peterson-Hupp, John A. Peterson, and a step granddaughter, Sarah M. Peterson. Holding a special place in Lynn’s heart are her Wagnon cousins, whom Lynn knew and loved her entire life.

A Celebration of Life followed by Interment will be help Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM as Grace Lutheran Church, 115 East King Street, Boone, North Carolina 28607. reception immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered to Grace Lutheran Church for the Council House Interest or the Humane Society of the United States.

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When I Die

When I die my song shall be crooning of the summer breeze.

When I die my shroud shall be leaves plucked from the maple trees.

On a couch as green as moss and a bed as soft as down

I shall sleep and dream my dream of a poet’s laurel crown.

When I die my star shall drop singing like a nightingale.

When I die my soul shall rise where the lyre strings never fail.

In the rose my blood shall lie, in the violet the smile,

And moonbeams a thousand strong past my grave each night shall file.

~Kenya Tillery



Celebration of Life: September 1, 2019 1:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church
115 East King Street
Boone, North Carolina 28607


Interment: September 1, 2019 2:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church
115 East King Street
Boone, North Carolina 28607


Celebration of Life: September 1, 2019 3:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church
115 East King Street
Boone, North Carolina 28607


Room: Fellowship Hall

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Lynn Wagnon Peterson's name.

Grace Lutheran Church for the Council House Interest

115 East King Street
Boone, North Carolina 28607
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Humane Society of the United States

1255 23rd Street Northwest, suite 450
Washington, DC 20037
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  1. Lynn was such an amazing person so easy to talk to and to share with. She is always in my heart. Much love and peace

  2. I had the pleasure of caring for Lynn for one year before her passing. She was so sweet and a very intelligent lady. We had some good times together. I will always remember you and love you. Prayers to Tracy and family. Love Willa Sluder

  3. Tracey-
    My dear sweet friend, my heart goes out to you and I wish I could be with you! I know how how much your mom loved you and how proud she was of you.
    Much love and the biggest of hugs!

  4. Lynn will always hold a soft spot in my heart, and I send sincere condolences to her family and friends. She was a fellow teacher who became a great friend. Enthusiastic and energetic, she always welcomed me into her classroom as we co-taught through many years. She always expected the best from herself and others. I will certainly miss her smile.

  5. Tracey and Scott: I have many warm memories of your mother, who was so kind to me. May you remember the good memories of love.

  6. Lynn was a dear friend of ours for over 40 years. We were privileged to be a part of her life in many ways. Not only did we teach together, but we met together once a month in a dinner group. Lynn was always full of smiles and laughter, reaching out to each person in the group with kindness and love. Our families shared in watching our children grow up and celebrating important times in their lives. Even though Lynn had some struggles in the last years of her life, she never lost her love for her family and friends. She always talked of Tracey, Maurice, and Ben and how fortunate she was to be their mother and grandmother. We will miss her deeply and we know that she is one of the new angels in heaven.

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