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FERGUSON – Peggy (Hazel Margaret Walsh)

March 7, 1923– January 31, 2011

Peggy passed away peacefully on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the age of 87 surrounded by her loving family.

Peggy was born in Calgary to Natalie May Walsh (Pearson) and Gordon Walsh. She attended King Edward School and the academic Central High School. 1728 32nd avenue was the meeting place for many young people. Singsongs, skits, games and good food were enjoyed by many boarders and neighbours there.

Peggy was an active member in her youth in the South Calgary United Church. She belonged to the young peoples group, taught Sunday school, CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training). She won an acting award from Betty Mitchell in an inter-church theatre competition. It was in this play that she met her husband to be Gordon, who remained her leading man for 62 years. Peggy married Gordon in 1948 and they lived in Toronto until 1951 when they returned to Calgary. Together they built a house and raised her family only blocks from where she grew up.

Peggy was an active member of Southminster United Church (formerly South Calgary United Church founded in 1911) where she offered her leadership, creativity, organizational skills, and enthusiasm to the UCW, Sunday School, Friendship Club and Couples Club for over 60 years. Friday mornings for nearly twenty years were dedicated to providing a church service and sing-a-long for Sarcee Nursing Home residents. After Southminster’s closing in 2002 Peggy became a member of St. Matthew’s United Church.

Peggy and her late husband Gordon were active members of the Richmond Revellers square and round dancing clubs, planning the social events. A cherished memory was dancing in the 1988 winter Olympics opening ceremonies.

She was blessed with a large and cherished group of faithful friends with whom they travelled the world, played cards and supported in times of trouble. Peggy was a very active mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was devoted to her grandchildren attending countless school activities, sports events, birthdays, plays, concerts and graduations. Hospitality, love and laughter were the hallmark s of Peggy’s life.

Peggy is survived by her daughters Deborah Ferguson and her husband Douglas W. Rix, and Janice Baker and her husband Jim Baker of Invermere, B.C.; grandchildren Laura Rix, Kiri Rix, Michael Baker, Katherine and her husband Duncan Unrau and Cameron Baker and his wife Stacey and great grandchildren, Charles Baker and Adelyn Unrau; her brother Norman and his wife Sheila Walsh. She is predeceased by her husband Gordon Ferguson
And brother Clifford Walsh.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church (2039 – 26A Street S.W.) on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Peggy Ferguson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Brad and Sandra Baillod :

    We have many fond memories of happy times spent with Peggy and Gordon.
    Peggy’s optimism and energy was always inspiring. She will be missed.
    We are thinking of you all, and remembering you in our prayers.

    Brad and Sandra

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  2. pat davis/taylor :

    Peggy and my sister Ruth Davis/Gray were best friends in school and CGIT and I know she would wish to send condolences to all of you. She talked of the times Peggy and her spent together. Ruth will be very sad to hear of Peggy’s passing. Please accept our condolences to all of you. I will let Ruth know but her mind isn’t good these days. Pat

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  3. Debbie & Janice,

    My mom, Maud Pearson Vredik and I send our condolences on the death of your mom, Peggy. She was such a vibrant person and so interested in all of life that surrounded her. I know she must have missed Gordon dreadfully and they are together again now.

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  4. I only had the pleasure of knowing Peggy these last few years, starting with lunches at the Canadian Club, but continuing through ‘Tuesday lunches’ once a month. I admired, and still do, her enthusiasm for life. May each one of you, her family, carry on with her ‘joy of life’! Sincerely, Jean Duke

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