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OUTHWAITE, Winifred (Peggy) Alice (nee Baker)

December 11, 1921 – August 18, 2011

Peggy Outhwaite of Calgary passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the age of 89 years.

Peggy was born December 11, 1921 in Paddington a district of London, England, where she lived, went to school and worked until 1941.  At the tender age of twenty, Peggy married her soul mate Bill Outhwaite on August 17th, 1941.  As was typical of a “War Bride” – Peggy travelled to Canada via sea and rail near the end WWII in 1945.  After more than two months she arrived in the small hamlet of Oxbow, SK, to begin her married life in Canada.  Of course there was “culture” shock coming from the metropolis of Londonto Oxbow but Peggy adjusted, fast becoming part of the community.  In 1947 Bill and Peggy moved to Estevan where they jointly owned and operated the town bowling alley and café.  Humble beginnings for a hard working pair of young newlyweds, but a recipe that survived and thrived for sixty-nine years of marriage.  Peggy soon turned her attention and skills to raising the family as well as standing at Bill’s side in his many business ventures.   A very kind and gentle woman, Peggy had an English charm about her that radiated warmth.  Surprisingly she was also a very strong lady – strong in her family values, her convictions and her beliefs.  She taught her family well – instilling those values that she held so high.  Peggy and Bill enjoyed life, travelling the world after retirement in 1981.  They had great winters in Thousand Palms, CA, returning home to Calgarywhen not travelling.  In her later years Peggy began a struggle against Alzheimer’s – a battle that eventually left her mostly incapacitated.  To the end she fought a gallant fight – her true strength was witnessed, she continued to have a smile and was still able to offer her signature “God Bless” from time to time.

Peggy was predeceased by her parents, George and Winifred Baker; sisters, Jean and Doreen; brothers, Stan and Leonard; and her husband Bill.   Peggy is survived by her children Sharron (Outhwaite) and Wilf Cartier – Ocean Falls, BC, Linda (Outhwaite) and Jeff Francottie – Calgary, AB, Bob and Debbie – Calgary, AB, Bill and Anne – White Rock, BC, Susan (Outhwaite) and Ron Dahl – Calgary, AB; sister Ann (Baker) and Ralph Lundberg – Calgary, AB and brother Bill and Doreen Baker – England; grandchildren, Rodd and Elizabeth Cruikshank, Craig and Thao Cruikshank, Brad and Jamie Cruikshank,  Amy (Outhwaite) and Troy Taddeo, Rebecca Miller, Jessica Outhwaite, Melissa (Outhwaite) and Trevor Krauss, Michelle Dahl, Sarah Miller, Brody Outhwaite, Kristy Dahl and Brett Dahl plus four great-grandchildren, Coeden, Aiker, Jacqueline, and Grace; several nieces and nephews in Canada, USA and Europe.

A Celebration honouring Peggy’s life will be held at  Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. 

God Grant Me the Serenity

to accept the things I cannot change

Change the things that I can

And the Wisdom to know the Difference.

You may forward condolences through  In honor of Peggy those who wish can make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, please follow the link for details –  The family wish to give a big thank you to the staff at Bow Crest Nursing Home who were phenomenal in their care for Peggy over the last five years.

In living memory of Peggy Outhwaite, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, CrowfootChapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.  Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Joanna Jack (nee Ropchan) :

    Blessings: Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She surely played a role in my life – the many days I would be visiting with Sharron back in Estevan days. I seem to remember that a big pot of potatoes always had to be peeled and put on the stove for supper. Now why would that stick in my mind? Her house was immaculate and for a woman to drive she was ahead of her time, a blue valiant??….such fond memories I am sure all of you have and they will keep her in your
    heart for many many years.
    Blessings again,

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  2. Dave and Linda King :

    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. We are so sorry for the loss of your mother & grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are for the Outhwaite and Dahl family.

    Dave and Linda King

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  3. Bob and Debbie,

    During this time of sadness, I hope that wonderful memories will comfort you.

    Jacqui Lane

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  4. frances ekvall :

    What a beautiful tribute to Peggy. God bless her.
    She was a friend and close neighbour in Estevan. She always wore blue, last time I saw her was in early 1980. She has gone to a better place(we know)
    Anne, you would remember visiting me here in Calgary with Peggy. I also got the chance to visit with Bill over the phone not long before he passed and that was very nice. What a large family and I do remember the kids names but would not know any of you to see now. I would like to know about memorial, chances are I could attend, Time does march on
    Lots of best wishes to you all
    Frances Ekvall

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  5. Steph & Jeff Kratchmer :

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May you find peace in knowing that she is at rest and back with her soulmate.

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  6. Dear Bill, Anne, Jess and Brodie,

    Please know I am thinking of you during your loss. Knowing you have recently lost another parent makes this even more difficult. Know that your Mom is at peace and her struggle is over. Please take care of YOU.

    Love Pam

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  7. Shirley Andrist :

    Just a note to say how sorry I was to read about Peggy in the Estevan Mercury and I wanted to extend my sympathy to all of the family. My fondest memory of Peggy is when were were both in St. Joseph’s at the same time—she was having her last child and I was having my first. I was always then phoning Peggy instead of the doctor (Dr. Inglis) about what should I be doing,. I would not have survived without Peggy’s advice. Then when Rachel started school at Westview and had to take her lunch, which was not favored by the staff, she took her lunch over to the Outhwaite’s house. Perhaps some of you would even remember that as well.
    Yesterday afternoon on my way home from Regina, I stopped in Weyburn to visit my sister, Vivian Vinge, who lived in Oxbow and knew both Peggy and Bill. She then showed me a photo of Peggy that was taken when they were now living here in Estevan, but came to Oxbow when the Lion’s Club was receiving its charter. She also remembered the occasion when a man from Bobby’s Company in Calgary helped her and her husband with some tire problems on the way home from the Lake one day.
    When Sharron was old enough to drive, she was the first babysitter for me who could come out here to the farm on her own. I have not forgotten this as I now try and help my son and his family, who live in the same yard here with their four children.
    Now we have come to the end of an era—–please accept my sympathy and understanding at this time.
    Shirley Andrist and Family

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  8. Margaret Curts :

    My heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Peggy to the Outhwaite family. I will always remember with love and many thanks how warmly I was welcomed and made to feel a part of the family at Ian’s wedding. God bless!

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  9. Brian and Heather Weeks :

    Bob, Debbie and Family, We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom (Peggy). Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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