Margaret Jean (Peggy) Forrest

February 19, 1920 – September 12, 2015

Peggy was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, daughter of a florist (Mills Greenhouse). She enjoyed a happy childhood, sang in the church choir and met her long-time friend, Marion. Peggy trained to be an RN, graduating from the Medicine Hat General Hospital (1942) a job she loved. In fact, it was Peggy who administered the first dose of penicillin in British Columbia during the Second World War. She met Dad in Chilliwack, at the end of the war. They moved to Alberni, BC where her children, Penny and Jim were born.

Mom was a self-proclaimed “bridgeaholic.” One of her bridge clubs spanned many decades in North and West Vancouver. Peggy also volunteered almost half her life at the Lions Gate Hospital, mostly in daycare surgery. She also volunteered at the West Vancouver Senior Centre.

Peggy was known for her warm smile, which lit up a room. She was a kind, generous, loving mom and friend. She instilled in us a fierce love of family, strong work ethic, the value of fairness and kindness to all and her love for animals. She allowed all kinds of critters to enrich our lives. When any of the neighborhood kids weren’t allowed to keep a pet they all ended up at the Forrest’s. In fact, all the little Popsicle stick memorials in our gardens were dubbed “Forrest Lawn.”

Mom loved songbirds, adored music and good jokes. At 89, she learned how to use her first computer. During the last few years of her life she “lived” on her iPad sharing jokes and stories with her many friends on a daily basis.

Mom was a true lady, always “dressed to the nines” right to the end of her life.

Peggy moved to Campbell River in November 2014 to be near her daughter, Penny. She was predeceased recently by both her son Jim and her grandson Jordan Milbrandt. Left with wonderful memories of a supportive, caring and generous mom are her daughter Penny, son-in-law Ted and grandson Jamie Milbrandt.

There will be no service, by request.

What Mom wanted was a “really big obit.”

Thank you to all her Vancouver area friends for enriching her life so beautifully. She so enjoyed your cards and wishes over the past few months. Also, many thanks to the folks at Berwick by the Sea and the friends she made there. Heartfelt thanks go to the exceptional, respectful and loving care she received from the wonderful staff at Evergreen Seniors’ Home, Campbell River. Lastly, an extra special thank-you to Dr. Robert Ramsey for his compassion.

Mom would like you to be kind to each other, smile when you think of her, hear songbirds or enjoy freshly cut flowers.

If you can, toast Mom with a glass of your favorite wine to a life well lived and the legacy she left behind.


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