Margaret (Peggy) Porter

1917 – 2010

It is with deep regret and sadness the family of Margaret (Peggy) Porter announces the passing on Thursday, January 28, after a very brief illness, of their loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Peggy was born in Vernon on April 6, 1917, the only child of Andrew and Helen Spence. Growing up on the Coldstream ranch, where her father was the Blacksmith and her mother had originally been on the staff of Lord and Lady Aberdeen, Peggy would take a horse and buggy to attend classes at Vernon Senior Secondary where she graduated from in 1935.

It was shortly after her graduation that Peggy met Cecil Porter, a young man who had ridden the rails from Manitoba, finding work at the ranch. Before long they were inseparable and on August 31, 1940 they married in Victoria where, after his enlistment at the outbreak of war, Cecil had been stationed with the Royal Canadian Engineers. Following the war, Cecil and Peggy returned to Vernon and bought a small home on Mission Hill where they set up house and raised their two children.

Despite Cecil’s declining health, their life together was filled with love and kindness – we never heard our parents raise their voices to each other.

We remember our home as a happy and nurturing address, constantly filled with the comings and goings of our friends – who were always welcomed. Mom’s bread and cookies were legendary and she loved to share her baked goodies with our friends. Everyone in our group considered her a second Mom and she was always referred to as “Ma Porter” or just plain “Ma.” She loved that.

All during Dad’s illness and after his passing in 1969, we never heard a complaint from Mom. She went on to spend the majority of her life caring for those who needed assistance – running an errand, taking them shopping or driving to doctors – she truly loved to help.

She was very proud of her children and her grandchildren – gushing over a goal scored by a grandson, or a music recital by a granddaughter. And she was absolutely delighted with the arrival of two great-grandchildren. And we were so very proud of her.

Peggy was predeceased by her husband, Cecil in 1969 and a grandson, Andrew, in 1973.

She is survived by two children: Wayne (Joy) of Victoria and Helen Stefiuk (Joe) of Comox. Five grandchildren: Shawn Porter (Nicki) of Victoria, Stuart Porter of Calgary, Sheila Rivers (Chris) of Banff, Kate Stefiuk of Nanaimo and Adam Stefiuk of Ft. St. John, and two great-grandchildren: Linden of Victoria and Kayla of Calgary.

Peggy’s family would like to offer a very sincere thank you to Jackie and John Issler and to their children Alex and Christien, Mom’s care givers for the past year, for the love, compassion, understanding and exceptional care mom received while a resident of their private care home.

Those who knew Peggy are invited to join her family in a Celebration of Life in the Banquet Room at Schubert Centre on Friday, February 5 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tea and sandwiches provided. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Schubert Centre.

Thank you for being our mom – we love you deeply and will miss you greatly.

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