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PEAKMAN, Ethel Mary (nee White)

March 4, 1925 – July 19, 2012

Ethel Peakman of Calgary, passed away peacefully with her children at her side, on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the age of 87 years.

Ethel was born and spent her youth in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England. In 1943, she joined the RAF and served in the same regimen as Princess Elizabeth. In 1944, Ethel married James Peakman, a Canadian officer; she and Jim moved to Spring Valley, SK. in 1946, where they raised their family. Jim started to work at the post office and then moved to Moose Jaw, Ethel then worked at the training school. They later relocated to Calgary, then Airdrie to be close to their family. Nana was a true matriarch; a foundation of her family. A strong, bold woman who braved moving halfway across the world for love. She enjoyed family gatherings, travelling, fishing, playing cards and baking for her family and friends.

Ethel is survived by her sons Jim of Duncan, BC and Gordon (Wenda) of Moose Jaw, SK; daughters Linda (Robert) of Calgary, Rita (Merle) of Picture Butte, and Janet of Airdrie; nephew Tony (Judy) of Calgary; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. Ethel was predeceased by her beloved husband Jim, and brother Clifford.

A Celebration of Ethel’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thanks to the Lake Bonivista Retirement Village and PLC Chronic Disease Clinic. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the RCL #288, 508 – 3rd Avenue S.E., Airdrie, AB T4B 2C2.

In living memory of Ethel Peakman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Chuck Rohrborn :

    Ethel;

    Rest In Peace.
    We will truly miss you, I know I did not get to see much of you, but when I did i’ll not forget you..You’ve had a full life and great family. I guess we can not ask for much more..

    Love..
    your american friend
    Chuck

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  2. Gerry and Irene Meili :

    We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all the family. We know how much Ethel meant to everyone and we are sure she will be really missed. Our thoughts are with you.

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  3. Ros and Ken Knights :

    Our thoughts are with you.

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  4. Gabriele and Dennis Hawkins :

    So sorry to hear of Ethel’s passing. She was a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. Now, she will be with Jim once again.

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  5. I remember how much she liked winning at canasta. Also how she like to finish jokes that Jim Sr started. I remember her smile at family gatherings and how those were her favourite times.
    I will miss you.

    joel

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  6. Leslie Cuthbertson :

    So sorry to hear of Ethel’s passing, she was a great friend to my Mom, Billie Wilder when they were neighbours in Airdrie.
    My thoughts are with her family.

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  7. Gordon and Sandra Miller :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Peakman family. May special memories comfort you at this time. Love Gord and Sandra Miller

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  8. Whiting Family :

    We, the Whiting family, wish to offer our condolences to your loss. Our hearts go out to you.

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