SOUTH Margaret Jeanne (nee Kettles) January 5, 1922 - July 15, 2013 Our dear mom passed away in the early hours of the morning at South Granville Park Lodge, Vancouver, where she lived for the past seven years. Predeceased by husband Gordon Edward South (1986), son Eric South (1990) and granddaughter Megan South (2010). Survived by daughters Lianne South, Shelley Grigoriadis (Costa); son Lindsay South; daughters-in- law Jan Alexander and Heather South-Smith (Dave); and grandchildren Sam, Dean and Tania. Margaret Kettles was born in Ladner, B.C. and raised by her grandparents, Mary and Charles Kettles. During WWII and working as a telephone operator in Ladner, Peggy met her future husband Gordon when he came to town to work on the construction of the Boundary Bay Airport. Peggy and Gordon were married August 6th, 1945 in Vancouver. For a short time they lived in Edmonton before moving to Regina, Dad's home town. Gordon's road-building company, South Construction, prospered and the (promised!) temporary move to Regina happily extended to forty years. In what little spare time she had in bringing up four children, Peggy loved to write and additionally took writing and poetry courses at Fort Qu'Appelle. Peggy had a lively sense of humour and a well-honed wit. The goofy plays she wrote were staged at home with parts assigned to friends and relatives: women were ferocious and funny in inimitable takes on Cleopatra or Catherine the Great; men were sometimes press-ganged into ladies' attire (tutus!) and makeup. Grey Cup parties were a rambunctious multi- generational tradition. Mom always made our friends feel welcome, both at home and at our Regina Beach cottage. The cottage was a special place for us all; cousins were nearby and it was often the scene of family gatherings, and where Dad barbecued meals to blackened crisps in a haze of smoke. Mom was a serious Scrabble player, and every summer there was a "Scrabble-off", playing for a penny a point in hours-long games. An adventurous cook, Peggy served up curries, elaborate Italian pasta dishes, Chinese vegetables deliciously seasoned: atypical prairie fare of the time. Peggy loved to grow sweet peas outside her kitchen window. Every winter, with road-building projects at a snowbound standstill, Peggy and Gordon traveled to warmer locales for respite from the Saskatchewan weather. Peggy learned Spanish while vacationing in Mexico, and Italian while in Italy. Shortly after Gordon's death in 1986, Peggy moved back to her beloved West Coast to be with her children. She settled into a condo in Kerrisdale and, still an excellent cook and entertainer, continued her tradition of bringing the family together by hosting big dinners for holidays and birthdays. An excellent knitter, Peggy made gorgeous wool sweaters, scarves and hats for the children and grandchildren she loved so much. If you would like to make a donation in Peggy's memory, please consider contributing to WISH Drop-In Centre Society, 515 - 119 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5; phone 604-669-9474. All our friends and family are invited to a gathering for Peggy at 12:00 noon, Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C.
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Published in The Delta Optimist from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2013