June 25, 1922 – April 12, 2016
At the age of 93 years
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2:30 PM, at the Senior’s Activity Centre, 170 – 5 Ave SE, Salmon Arm.
Peggy’s journey ended on Tuesday April 12 at the age of 93, after a brief stay in the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
She is predeceased by Alf, her husband of 58 years and survived by her children, Bob (Cheryall) of West Hawk Lake, MB, Marlene (Roger) Roy of Salmon Arm, BC, her sister Joyce Minty of Onanole, MB and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was born the eldest daughter to Robert and Lucy Potter on June 25, 1922 in Basswood Manitoba. After starting her married life in 1945 as a farmer’s wife; two years later, their son Bob was born. In 1949, Peggy and Alf moved into town (Onanole, MB). For 2 years, they both worked at a Dude Ranch – Peggy was the fulltime cook and cleaner while Alf worked as a horse wrangler and a guide. All this while she cared for her five year old son.
In 1956, Peggy worked at the White House Bakery in the Park as a full-time cook – the bakery served breakfast, lunch and dinner and Peggy was the reason many people came back over and over to eat at the bakery. By then Alf had begun work with the Federal Government as a gatekeeper for Riding Mountain National Park.
Over the years in Manitoba she held a number of other jobs: as a clerk at a general store, a jewellery store and a clothing store.
In 1967, they migrated west to the summit of Rogers Pass B.C. where Alf worked at Glacier National Park and Peggy worked at the store and ran the Post Office. They lived at the summit for 4 ½ years before they moved to Revelstoke when Alf transferred to Mount Revelstoke National Park and Peggy worked at a gift store. In 1981, they both retired and settled into the house they built in Little Mountain subdivision of Salmon Arm.
After beating breast cancer in 1973, Peggy enjoyed a remarkably healthy life which allowed her to participate in many activities. The Canadian Cancer Society remained a favourite charity and she canvassed door-to-door in Salmon Arm for many years.
She was very active in the Salmon Arm Lawn Bowling Club as a regular bowler and served as treasurer on the project to build the new clubhouse and for many years thereafter.
Peggy started curling in her teens in Manitoba and continued when she moved to B.C. When the Canadian Junior Curling Championships were held in Salmon Arm in 2009, as the local female who had been curling the longest, Peggy had the honour of throwing the first rock of the bonspiel. She finally hung up her broom at the age of 88.
Many people will remember Peggy as an avid bridge player whose name often appeared in the Duplicate Bridge results of the Salmon Arm Observer. After recently moving to Piccadilly Terrace Retirement Residence, she continued to play bridge whenever she could.
Throughout Peggy’s entire life, her hands were never idle. Some of the handicrafts she mastered were: knitting, crocheting, liquid and cotton embroidery, tatting and cross stitch. She kept the family in knitted curling ‘beaver’ sweaters, socks and mitts. If she made an afghan for one child, she then made one for the other child and sometimes for herself.
Peggy will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Her kitchen was always a happy meeting place for family and friends and she was like a second Mom to a number of her nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bonthuys and the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for making her last days as comfortable as possible.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Peggy’s name may be made to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation.