Wife of marine lab founder dies at 82

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Susan Feiro, the wife of Feiro Marine Life Center co-founder and namesake Arthur Feiro, has died.

She was 82.

Mrs. Feiro died last Wednesday in Mount Vernon (Skagit County), where she had lived for the past four years, according to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, who died in 1981, and is survived by two sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.

A graveside service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ocean View Cemetery, 3127 W. 18th St., Port Angeles, with a reception to follow at the Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St.

Deborah Moriarty, director of the marine life center located next to City Pier, said in an interview Friday that Mrs. Feiro visited the center at least once or twice a year with her daughter-in-law, Kathy, and always loved seeing children enjoy the exhibits.

“She expressed great joy when she would come and see large groups of children visit the center,” Moriarty said.

“'That's what Art always wanted,' she would say.”

Moriarty said she would regularly keep Mrs. Feiro updated on happenings at the center via her daughter-in-law.

“We would send her emails and newspaper clippings and things we thought would be important to her,” Moriarty said.

“She was just a wonderful, gracious woman.”

Mrs. Feiro was born in Wyoming, raised in Mukilteo and attended Everett High School.

She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in education in 1952.

That same year, she married Arthur and moved to Port Angeles with him to start their teaching careers.

She taught first grade at Lincoln Elementary School, while her husband worked as a high school and college science teacher.

An obituary for Mrs. Feiro is published on Page C11 of today's Peninsula Daily News.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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