Georgina M. (Croft) Peters

Georgina Peters (Croft), passed away Tuesday the 28th of January at Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center at the age of 94 following an extended illness. Born in 1918 in Aberdeen, Scotland Georgina was the eldest of five children and grew up in a loving extended family; a time filled with fascinating experiences and adventures. She would re-call those wonderful times with her family in a manner that begged to be repeated over the years. During WWII while attending Marischal College in Aberdeen, Scotland, Georgina was recruited by the British government to be trained at Bletchley Park, the site of United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, to operate the Allied-acquired German Enigma machine to decipher intercepted German messages to the U-boats in the North Atlantic. All the while, Georgina lived and worked in London during the German V-1 Buzz-Bombing raids. Countless Allied lives were saved because of her and many others who served at Bletchley Park for which she received a distinguished service award. Georgina married George Croft, a Canadian Royal Air Force Pilot, and reunited with him at the end of the war by making the journey from England to the U.S. aboard the RMS Queen Mary with her newborn son, John, in her arms. They settled in Erie, Pa. and raised their two sons, John and David, on Wolf Road. Following the passing of her husband, George A. Croft, Georgina married William W. Peters of Erie, Pa. in 1969 and they resided on Ravine Drive in Lake Shore, for 35 years. During that time the combined families' lives were enriched by her affable and loving presence. Georgina was truly a remarkable woman who possessed a positive approach to life. She was an ordained deacon and a Stephen Minister in the First Presbyterian Church of Erie Pa, and later in life, a member at the Wayside Presbyterian Church. She was an avid reader; enjoyed long walks at Presque Isle; was considered by many to be a gourmet cook; and taught all her children the way to brew a "proper" cup of tea. All those who knew Georgina enjoyed her soft Scottish accent and sharp wit honed by her love of literature. Georgina affectionately credited her long and active life to "running barefoot through the heather as a child living in Scotland" and joyfully provided living proof with her ability to "dance the jig" at age 90! Her spirit lives on in those who dearly loved her. We are blessed to have known her. Georgina's soul is in heaven, which to her, undoubtedly looks a lot like the Scottish Highlands. She was predeceased by her husbands, George Croft and William Peters; son, John Croft; sister, Emma, of Nova Scotia; and brothers, George and Jack of Scotland. She is survived by her sister, Jean, of Aberdeen, Scotland; her sons, Robert Peters and spouse, Mary Helen, of Lincoln, Neb., David Croft of Erie, William Peters and spouse, Renee, of Fairport, N.Y., Geoffrey Peters and spouse, Mary, of Fairport, N.Y., and daughter, Barbara Guter and spouse, Kurt, of Williamston, Mich., along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and dear friends. Her family is grateful for the loving care Georgina received in her short stay at Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center. A remembrance service will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Wayside Presbyterian Church, located at 1208 Asbury Rd., Erie, Pa. Memorial gifts may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301

Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 17, 2013