September 30, 1954 – March 1, 2020
Our family is saddened to announce the loss of Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” (Heatley) Smith, nee Allen. Peggy passed away suddenly at home on March 1st, 2020, after a peaceful day spent remembering her late husband Barney.
Peggy was born in Kamloops, BC on September 30th, 1954 and spent her early years growing up in Powell River, BC. Peggy resided in Campbell River and Port Hardy for much of her adult life where she raised her family. Peggy was predeceased by her husband and partner of 36 years, Barney mother, Grace; father, Jim; and brother, Jack. She is survived by her loving children, Greg (Debbie), David, Gerri-Lynn (Brett), Doug (Jennifer), BJ, Colleen (Jared), 11 grandchildren, and the numerous children for whom she cared so deeply over years of loving service to her community. Peggy also leaves behind her brothers Harry (Gail), Leonard (Debbie), and Rick (Joan) and many other family members who will miss her so dearly.
Peggy had a deep passion for care and love. While she grappled with personal health challenges, Peggy would not rest as long as there was someone else that needed her help. The first to arrive and the last to leave, Peggy always put the well-being of others before her own and made sure that those who came with so little, left with so much. After raising her own children, she opened her home to the young people of the community and cared for many children as her own. Always moving and working, Peggy wasn’t just the glue that held her family together, she was the foundation upon which it was built. Known for her dry humour, loving smile, and luck at the casino, Peggy’s presence put those around her at ease. To put it simply, to most she was Peggy, but to many, she was mum.
Because of the ongoing public health crisis, a celebration of Peggy’s life will have to take place at a later date. Knowing how involved she was in her community; the family wants to give everyone a chance to remember Peggy together.
“Together we will mourn, with sadness, tears, and fears.
Together we will love,
dear Peggy, for all of our years.
Together we will live,
for her, for us, for time to come.
Together we will heal,
with the memories of our beloved mum.”