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Peggine Cordella Coates, 48, of Chesapeake Beach died Sept. 11, 2012, at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

A native of Calvert County, she graduated from Northern High School, joined the U.S. Marines Corps and served five years, from 1982 to 1987. It was there, particularly in Okinawa, where she learned to be adventuresome, and developed a taste for exotic foods and fine dining. Considering herself to be a culinary genius, she often put her hospitality skills to work, always preparing an impressive spread for guests, frequently spoiling her nephews.

As a 911 dispatcher for 10 years, and a 911 shift supervisor for six with the Prince George’s County Police Department, she “watched over” officers as she monitored their need for assistance when en route to a scene. She was the voice that responded to the pleas for help from many who were looking for rescue from danger. After nine years in the Office of Homeland Security, officially retiring April 1, 2012, she spent a total of 27 years, saving countless lives. She was extremely dedicated to her vocation and knew what it meant to “neither slumber nor sleep” as she surrendered to stress-filled days and often late nights laboring for the protection of others. Wanting to be a “keeper from harm,” she was a giver — a woman endowed by God with the “gift of help.” Her labor was driven by a commitment to independently provide for her daughter, Leslie, and by her love for people.

She used to wonder why evil was so prevalent in the world and would hold lengthy and heated debates about the fairness of God with her mom, brother-in-law and sister. Her heart of compassion and quest for truth led her to initially embrace Judaism; soon thereafter, she learned the God of the Old Testament was the Messiah in the New Testament. She committed her life to Christ. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, she battled health issues that progressively led to a series of complications and an early retirement.

She is survived by her mother, Gladys; father, Herman; daughter, Leslie; brothers, Vonzell and Nathan; sister, Tracey; brother-in-law, David; nephews, Dave, Aaron, Stephen and Ian; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held Sept. 15 at Grace Brethren Church in Owings with the Rev. William E. Campbell and the Rev. David E. Gaines Sr. officiating.

Interment was at St. Edmonds United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chesapeake Beach.

Pallbearers were Aaron J. Gaines, David E. Gaines Jr., Ian C. Gaines, Maurice Jones, Rex E. Jones and Dana Shields.

Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.