Peggy EMMETT

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EMMETT, Margaret "Peggy" Evelyn
(nee TODD)
It is with great sadness that the family of Peggy Emmett announce her passing on Sunday, November 3, 2013 surrounded by her loved ones at the age of 86 years. Mom fought a long and courageous battle with cancer for many years and is now on her last journey to meet Our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven and join her family members that have gone before her. Mom will join the love of her life Norman (our dad) who passed in November of 1995. Mom was predeceased by her parents Edward and Teresa Todd, her in-laws John and Alma Emmett, and many years ago by two infant siblings, a brother-in- law Tom Moreau, sister-in-law Ruby, brother-in-law Bill Emmett, and last year by her sister Beatrice Hartl, and brother-in-law Gus Hartl. In February of this year, Mom lost the first of her immediate family, her son-in-law Greg Wedderburn. Mom was born on March 23, 1927 in Starbuck, Manitoba to Edward and Teresa Todd. Mom was the oldest of six girls and became a teacher when she graduated from high school and went on to Normal School for two years to get her degree in teaching. Mom taught in a one room school house for approximately two years before she met and married her true love Norman Emmett from Halkirk, Alberta. As soon as they were married they left Manitoba and moved out west to Halkirk where they settled down to have their family. Norman and Peggy had a total of nine children in 13 years. Mom leaves to mourn her passing her children Ann (Ken) Herman of Calgary, Jack (Cathy) Emmett of Calgary, Pat Emmett of Wetaskiwin, Tim (Anne) Emmett of Millet, Fran (Dale) Ganske of Wetaskiwin, Kathy Wedderburn of Okotoks, Michael (Vera) Emmett of Okotoks, Sheila (Darwin) Mantai of Falun, and Joan Bain of Okotoks. She also leaves 22 grandchildren and 28 great- grandchildren. Mom also leaves her sisters Dorothy (Arnold) Blue of Eriksdale, Manitoba, Teresa (Bill) Rodden of Kelowna, BC, Kay Todd of Edmonton, Lucille Moreau of Edmonton, and sister-in-law Velma (Harold) Chick of Stettler, AB, Pat Labossiere of Winnipeg, MB, and many nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom were truly important to Mom throughout her life. Mom was a very hard working lady and very dedicated to her husband, family, friends, the Catholic Church and the Society for the Mentally Challenged. Mom was a member of the Third Order of Saint Frances for many years. Mom worked tirelessly for the Mentally Challenged as she herself was blessed with a son Pat who was faced with this very challenge in life. Thanks to mom and many more like her, Pat has lived a life with dignity and is accepted by a society that once would have hidden him away. When mom was not providing a home for her family or volunteering for some organization she spent her time playing the piano and enjoying her music. Mom played the piano by ear, and so all family gatherings were accompanied by a round of music and many a sing song. Mom played for many years with the Jammer's here in Wetaskiwin, and took her turn with the seniors get togethers on Wednesday nights. Her love for music has been enjoyed by many throughout the years, but her family was the beneficiary of her most cherished talent. Mom worked as a volunteer on many boards through the years, some within her own community and also on a Provincial Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Mom was overwhelmed when she received the Women of AspenLand Award, and her family was truly grateful for the recognition she received for all of her work in the community. She was also recognized by the Wetaskiwin Rotary Club and was presented with an award for her Leadership and Integrity within the community. Mom was an integral part of making sure the Handi-bus remained alive and well in Wetaskiwin before she eventually asked the city of Wetaskiwin to take it over for her, as it was outgrowing what she could do for them anymore. She was in her 80's and she needed to lighten her load and concentrate on the things in life that brought her the most joy. Our family would like to thank the Homecare staff, the Sunrise Village Staff where mom resided and enjoyed until her passing, Dr. Tam and all the other doctors and nurses that cared for mom these past several years. You all helped mom lead an independent life for many, many years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Horizons Centre at 5431 -36 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, AB, WDACS at 5211 - 54 Street, Wetaskiwin, AB, Sacred Heart Church at 5113 - 49 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, AB or any charity of your choice. Prayer Service will be held at Baker Funeral Chapel, 5302 - 50 Avenue, Wetaskiwin on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5113 - 49 Avenue, Wetaskiwin on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. BAKER FUNERAL CHAPEL, Wetaskiwin. Telephone 1-780-352-2501 or 1-888-752-2501. Condolences: www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Nov. 7, 2013
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