Peggy Thomson (nee Whitlock)

Peggy Thomson   (nee Whitlock)

Peggy Thomson (nee Whitlock)

January 26, 1925 – November 8, 2009

Mom was born at the General Hospital in Calgary and was one of four beloved daughters of Archie (deceased 1960) and her and Betty’s mom Isobel (deceased 1930) Whitlock and her stepmom, Peggy Whitlock (1987) who was Gail and Jo’s mom. Growing up in Ramsay she attended Ramsay, Colonel Walker and Western Canada High schools. The girls grew up across the street from the Shamrock Hotel and, as their dad was a CPR engineer, they had an interesting youth. Friends made growing up were a big part of her life until the end. In 1947 she started her first job at Macleod Letter Service, and learned much over the next 10 years from Flora Carson. In 1949 she married Mervin Thomson (deceased 1984) and had four children. Her first child; Jimmy, born in February 1951, predeceased her four days after his birth. In 1958 Flora suggested she work for Keith Gilmore at the Canadian Hereford Digest. She decided to give it a try, and was soon running the office. Mom worked there for the next 18.5 years. This was truly one of her favorite jobs mostly because of the people she met. To her last days the cattle breeders she knew remained a very big part of mom’s life as treasured friends. She worked with SDS Drilling for a short time before she went to work with the City of Calgary, Social Services until she retired in 1990. She served as the Calgary & District Hereford Club secretary until 1993 doing their sales catalogue and taking the money at their sales. She also assisted in organizing Calgary Spring Bull Sale and Show. After retiring from the city she also worked for a few years at the Forest Lawn Seniors Center and took care of their books. In 1991 she was awarded the “Queens Medal” by Gordon Tower (Lieutenant Governor of Alberta). She couldn’t understand why she deserved the award but was very honored as she stood beside Marg Southern. She was instrumental in getting Merla interested in dogs. She never missed a ball game of Bill’s and she was Marci’s key supporter through countless rodeos. She was always proud of our accomplishments. In 1994 she moved to Marci & Billy’s ranch and has lived there ever since. She loved the birds, horses, colts, cows, calves, cats, dogs, Gerty the crow and the beauty of the area. Wherever she went she easily made many good friends! She is survived by her children, Merla (Deidrich), Bill (Jane), and Marci (Billy); grandchildren, Lanni (David), RC (Kaila), Christy (Jim), Chad (Ashley), Nicole (Steve) and Cayler; and great grandchildren, Kol, Kori and Jayden as well as her sisters Betty Whitlock, and her children, Joey Anderson and sons (Joseph and Jesse) Bonnie (Clark) Smith and families Jodie (Mark) and Jolene (Chris), and Kathee Anderson; Gail and Sandy McCullough; Jo and Marty Durieux, and Jo’s children, Deb (Bruce), Danny (Justin and Taylor), Darry (Barb and family) (Ryan and Samantha), Traci (Kelly) (Michael). If friends would like to attend, there will be a memorial to celebrate mom’s life at the Balzac Community Center, November 28, 2009 starting at 2:00. Refreshments and food will be served. Please bring your memories and stories to share. Contact 1.888.590.1223 or email if you can make it. We’ll send out directions to the hall (which is north of Calgary) and count you in. Donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, SPCA or a cause you are passionate about. Mom also wanted us to give special thanks to Dr. Martin Atkinson, Rheumatologist, of Calgary, who kept her out of a wheelchair and Dr. Carin Swartz, of Ponoka for all the help and understanding she gave her throughout their association. You’re both the greatest! She wanted us to mention one more thing: Live by the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” and always treat everyone you meet with kindness.

Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home

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