January 26, 1921 – Surrey, England
March 5, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with sadness, but tremendous gratitude for her life, that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother Peggy, at the age of 94 years. Peggy was born in Surrey, England, and grew up in London during the hard times following World War I. Her Father passed away from a fall in a subway station when Peggy was only 2 years old and she was raised by her Mother and Grandmother. She grew up as a good student, with outstanding grammar and vocabulary that led her to Secretarial School later in life.
She met her husband Peter in 1940, but he shortly enlisted in the Royal Air Force, and was posted in Burma. He returned to England for a 2 week leave to get married to Peggy in 1943, and then returned to the fight. Peter didn’t return for four years, until 1947, but they reunited, and were married very happily for 58 years, until Peter passed in 2001.
They emigrated from England to Canada in 1952, and started a new life, settling in Calgary. Peggy started work in law offices, but eventually became the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, retiring from there in 1986. They travelled frequently, saw a large portion of the world, and treasured their time with family and friends.
When Peggy and Peter arrived in Canada, they were “taken in” by the loving family of Alice and Peter Wrangham. They became life-long friends, and spent virtually every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, (and most Saturday nights!) together from 1952 onwards. Peggy is the last of the generation of the four fast friends whose families have merged to become one.
As a hostess, Peggy excelled at dessert (leaving the entrée to Peter!) but mainly she excelled at making you feel comfortable, and important in her life. There were a few sad times, including the loss of friends, and especially her daughter Jacqueline, but mainly there were many, many good times.
After Peter departed, Peggy soldiered on for 14 more years alone, but never without friends and family. She continued to travel, enjoy social gatherings, and played bridge 3 or 4 times a week. She had an incredible optimism and strength of character. She personified “keep calm and carry on!” As the matriarch and role-model for the entire Sandall family, she will be greatly missed.
We would especially like to thank all the staff at the Bethany Care Centre on 18A St NW. She received wonderful, personal care from all caregivers on Rainbow Terrace in her final years.
Peggy is survived by her son Peter (Pat) and her treasured grandchildren, Christina and Rob.
Peggy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Peter, and daughter Jacqueline.
A Celebration of Peggy’s Life will be held at Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49th Avenue S.W.) on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Peggy Sandall, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences