Obituary of "Peggy" Mary McDonald
"Peggy" Mary Marguerite McDonald
(January 25, 1933 - October 13, 2018)
Peggy was born on January 25, 1933 in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan to Lawrence and Violet Mason. She was proud to be named after her grandmother Mary, whom she called “Nanny”. Peggy was the oldest child and adored her younger siblings, Jean, Gordon, and David. The family moved a lot when Peggy was young, eventually finding their way to the Camrose area.
At age 14, while living on the Granger Place south of Ohaton, she got a job cooking, ironing, and washing eggs for Gladys McDonald. This led her to the love of her life - Lyal McDonald. Peggy moved to Leduc where she finished high school, obtained her RN at the Edmonton General Hospital, and worked at the Viking Hospital.
Peggy and Lyal married in 1955 and had three children - Patti, Bill, and Larry. They sold and hauled gravel, and farmed. Peggy had a large garden and was busy with canning, cooking, baking and regularly showing hospitality to relatives, friends, neighbours and hired men.
From singing around the piano as a child, to weiner roasts down at the creek, fishing trips, playing games with the grandchildren, refinishing furniture, traveling and camping, Peggy enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and had a fond appreciation for the outdoors and nature. She loved seeing a bird, spotting a deer, and one of her very favorite things was wild flowers, especially the crocuses that grew on their farm. She often told the story and treasured the memory of Lyal arriving with a 5 gallon pail of wild tiger lilies just for her.
Peggy was an avid reader, a poet, and very musical; often whistling, humming, and harmonizing. For many years she taught piano lessons to children in the neighbourhood. Valarie Colli’s grandmother Barbara asked the workers to visit Peggy. So in 1958 Peggy met the Lord’s servants Chester Rankin and Edward Good who showed her that the written Word, the spoken Word and the living Word were all one. She made her choice to serve the Living God in 1959 in the Heather Brae Hall and made the effort to live her life fulfilling that example.
Relationships were important to Peggy. She valued her entire family and had life-long friends from school, nursing, neighbours, and the Truth. She made the extra effort to keep in touch and truly cared about everyone.
Peggy passed away peacefully at the age of 85 in her home at Bethany Meadows Willow Cottage in Camrose on October 13, 2018. Her quick wit, humble heart, and caring ways will be missed.
Peggy was predeceased by her brother David, parents Lawrence and Violet, and her childhood sweetheart and husband Lyal, as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Left to treasure her memory areherPatti of Peru, Bill (Barb) of Ohaton and their children Bradley (Michelle) and Heather (Tyrel), Larry (Esther) of Ohaton and their daughter Jill (Rich) as well as seven great-grandchildren, her siblings Jean Saby of Olds and Gordon Mason of Coombs BC and numerous other relatives and friends.children
A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from the CityLights Church, 4920 48 Street Camrose. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Mary's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.