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In Loving Memory

Margaret Jane Lathlaen

August 24, 1950 – December 13, 2020

Margaret (Peggy) Jane Lathlaen, 70, of Houston, Texas, passed away on December 13, 2020 after a long illness. She was born on August 24, 1950 in Flushing, New York to Robert F. Lathlaen and Nancy Elizabeth Nichols.

Peggy grew up in Ossining, New York where she graduated from Ossining High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from Bucknell University.  Peggy lived in Houston, Texas for 41 years. She was a teacher in gifted education at Westwood Elementary in Friendswood, Texas.  She also worked as a middle school peer facilitator for Fort Bend ISD and was a Professor at University of Houston/Clear Lake.  Peggy was a board member of several education associations including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other gifted teaching associations.  Peggy authored several published articles on the education of gifted children.

She is survived by Joshua Channing, her husband of 20 years, son Aaron and his wife Christina and their children Avery and Carter; sister Gail Miskell and husband Tom, their three sons Tom, Father Robert, and Brian; sister Carol Sue Yensco and husband Andy and their daughter Rebecca Bean; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

During Peggy's tenure at Westwood Elementary, she was nominated for the NASA Teacher in Space Program in 1985 and was ultimately selected as one of the ten finalists.  Peggy participated in interviews, medical evaluations, briefings and training exercises to narrow down the field of candidates, the winner of which would participate in a shuttle mission aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.  Christa McAuliffe was selected and on January 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after the launch.  Peggy had made lifelong friends of the ten finalists and was deeply affected by the tragedy.

Peggy volunteered in homeschool programs and advised homeschooling parents.  She enjoyed knitting, writing, reading, singing, studying the Bible, the Torah and was involved in Bible Study Fellowship.  Peggy and Joshua volunteered in Vacation Bible Schools and in running church youth programs.  They also enjoyed English Country Dancing and playing games together.

Visitation will be Monday, December 21, 2020 from 6:00P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr. Friendswood, Texas 77546.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.

The family would like to share a livestream link of the service for all that is unable to attend: https://youtu.be/iQTPILslrII

Condolences may be sent to the Lathlaen family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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23 thoughts on “Margaret Jane Lathlaen”

  1. Christine St John Leclerc

    Ms. Lathlaen was one of my all time most memorable teachers. From her "Meeting of the Minds" projects to the whirlwind journey at NASA that she shared with us, I will always be indebted to her for awakening curiosity and confidence in me. My condolences to her family, and know that the ripple effect of her joy in learning is far reaching and profound.

  2. My heart goes out to Josh and Peggy's family. I share in your loss, and send my love and deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

  3. Gailie Lathlaen Miskell

    My dearest loving sister, Peggy, with your third Birthday on August 24th I was born on, along with our dear cousin, Susan Weihermuller, who was born just one hour before you.
    You have always been one of the most important precious cherished blessed gifts that God gave me. You have made me so very proud to be called your sister. You have spent your entire life reaching for the stars and beyond. You have been such a bright light to our Mom, Dad, Carol Sue and I plus all our relatives and friends.
    I will miss you greatly and hopefully, one day we will be together again.
    May God hold you in his loving embrace and bring you peace with finally you will be able to rest after your long illness.
    I love you, dear Peggy and will never forget all the spectacular times we had together.
    All my love,
    Gailie Lathlaen Miskell

  4. God's Speed, Peggy. Your kindness and warm smile enlightened all who met you, and made a life-long friend.
    Bob Foerster
    NASA-TIS finalist

    1. Carol Sue Yensco

      Bob, thank you. I live in Indiana now in Middlebury and would love to hear about your memories of TIS and Peggy.

  5. Peggy – serene, playful, and joyful.
    Peggy – gracious, gifted, generous, genuine, and grounded (with eyes and heart also in the stars!)
    Godspeed, dear one, as you join your fellow angels.
    Our deepest condolences to Josh and all of Peggy's and Josh's family and to Peggy's students, colleagues, and friends.
    Barbara & Clay

  6. Jan Heinrich.Alaska

    Safe travels, Peggy, to your journey's end to touch the stars!
    Enjoy the closeup view when the planets align to form the Christmas Star, we will think of you and all our TIS friends with love.
    We enjoyed your short stay with us in Alaska. Your kind heart will live on.

  7. Peggy, your light will forever burn brightly in the hearts and minds of all you have touched… rest in peace dear lady…

  8. Joshua, Gail, Carol Sue
    So sorry for your loss. Very nice service and nice to hear from some of the people who Peggy impacted
    God Bless!
    Your cousins
    Tom & Cara

  9. Carol Sue Yensco

    Dear Peggy's friends and coworkers,
    Thank you from my family and I for your condolences on the death of my sister. We appreciate all the love that has been shown to ua the last week.

    Carol Sue
    Peggy's youngest sister

  10. I think in one of the slides I saw the cat "Pookie" that I found hiding under my truck, and Peggy adopted him.
    May your journey through the stars be full of joy!

  11. Gail and family Peggy was a wonderful person. I remember her in your Ossining home playing her flute beautifully and always being kind and welcoming to me. She was such a blessing. Will be missed by all her family and friends. Love Carol Nolden Braley

  12. Gailie Lathlaen Miskell

    To all the many family members and dearest friends of Peggy's, including all of the most devoted, loving and caring Teacher-in-Space friends, I would like to thank you for being such an important blessing in Peggy's life.
    Many thanks as well for the love and support all of you have given Joshua, Carol Sue and I through this very difficult time during the Christmas Season. We shall miss our dear precious and cherished Peggy the rest of our lives with our having such strong faith in God to be together again.
    May God Hold Each Of You In His Loving Embrace Forever.
    Gailie Lathlaen Miskell
    (Peggy's Middle Sister)

  13. Joshua, you know she loved you from the start. I was impressed how good you were for her. She was a gift to all who knew her. I appreciated all the help and guidance she gave me while I served Clear Lake UMC. She was a person with a very big heart that truly cared. You both were loved by many. My heart goes out to you and her family.

  14. My name is Rita Martin and I worked closely with Peggy for several years while I was the counselor at Friendswood Jr. High. We worked together preparing her elementary students for entrance into the Jr. High. I was watching a documentary today about the Challenger disaster, and saw the video of the 10 teacher finalists with V.P. Bush…and there was my beautiful friend Peggy. Oh, how I loved and admired her !! We lost touch when I moved from Texas to Michigan. She was truly one of the most special people I have ever met. I want her relatives and friends to know that she touched my life in many positive ways. I will never, ever forget my sweet friend Peggy.

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