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Angela Ola Sangston

May 2, 1922 — May 17, 2020

Angela Ola Sangston

Angela (Angie) Ola Sangston, age 98, of Seattle passed away on Sunday, May 11 at her home in North Seattle. Born May 2, 1922 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, she moved to Seattle around 1947 after graduating with a degree in nursing from Emory University, and as WWII was ending, to begin her nursing career working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Indian Hospital. Later she began working as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Seattle. After brief absences while raising her young boys, Angie returned to the work force as an instructor at the Community College, first teaching in the Early Childhood Department at South Seattle Community College and then later in the Medical Education Department teaching L.P.N. Nursing at North Seattle Community College.

Angie was preceded in death by her young son, Timothy Sangston (age 4). She is survived by her son, Donal Sangston, and daughter, Deborah Wickliff, along with daughter-in-law Andrea Sangston and son-in-law Nathaniel Wickliff. In addition she has four grand-children, Derek, Kaylina, Nakean, and Tristan, along with four great-grand children, Michael, Xander,Victoria, and Craiggan.

Anyone who knew Angie, knew the defining characteristics of her life: her faith, her family and friends, her love of children, and nature. All of these brought great joy! First and foremost, she was a woman of strong faith! She always questioned how the scriptures applied in today's society and worked tirelessly to be like Jesus, welcoming of others, especially those cast away as less valued by society. She gave to many charities including supporting children in Africa through ChildFund, helping those less fortunate in our own communities through the Seattle Archdiocese and Catholic Community Services, and worked to reduce violence and build equity in our world through gifts to the Southern Poverty Law Center. She was often found in a classroom either at Sunday School or at the school where her grandchildren had previously attended, Our Lady of the Lake, singing, playing, and teaching. Oh, how she loved the children! She loved her family and friends and enjoyed gatherings full of laughter, hugs, and dancing. And she loved God's creation. She went on many adventures through the mountains and pathways of our Northwest surroundings and in fact actually climbed Mt. Rainier during her younger years. In addition to the above, she loved her garden. This was a haven for peace, reflection time, and nurturing God's creation which she saw in every place in her life.

Please take a moment to sign the Memory Book and share a photo of the good times you shared with her during her life. We hope to have a Celebration of Life gathering at some time in the future when it is safe to do so.

We also want to thank the Evergreen Hospice team for their loving care and support.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Angie please consider : Southern Poverty Law Center at
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