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Family, friends celebrate local artist's life

Peggy Chun Peggy Chun
Martha Torney Martha Torney
Peter Richard Peter Richard

By Leland Kim - bio | email

DOWNTOWN HONOLULU (KHNL) -  She brought joy to Hawaii with a stroke of her paintbrush.  Almost a month after her death, local artist Peggy Chun's friends and family honor her legacy Friday afternoon at Kawaiaha'o Church in Downtown Honolulu.

Family and friends gather for Peggy's last hurrah.  Unlike some memorials; no somber faces or tears.

Hugs and smiles fill the courtyard at Kawaiaha'o Church.

"Just look at the people out here. There's laughter out here," said Martha Torney, Chun's lifelong friend. "The feeling is very, very up."

They say the only thing that surpassed her artistic skills was her tremendous heart.

"When you're in her presence, you are the most important thing in the world," said Torney.  "She made everyone feel that they were the nearest and dearest thing to her."

"She inspired people to joy and energy and that's just the way Peggy was," said Mike Richard, Chun's younger brother.

"She was just vivacious, and fun," added Peter Richard, Chun's another brother.  "She just lived life to the fullest."

Chun touched lives; many, many lives.

"I've never known anyone who lived life to the fullest more than Peggy and this started when she was a kid," said Torney. "And the friends she made during her childhood and throughout her life remained her friends all her life."

She, they say, would have had a ball Friday.

"She'd be sitting up there, laughing at the party and just glad that so many people are here," said Mike Richard.

Chun lives on, in the hearts of those dear to her, and in her art work.

"Just I love you," said Peter Richard.  "I miss you."

Her siblings traveled from the mainland to be here Friday.  Chun was 62 years old.

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