We regret to announce the passing of Peggy Noakes in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Sept.30/2009. Peggy leaves behind her husband of 63 yrs, Leonard Noakes, and her children Allan (Marilyn Clark) Noakes, Karen (Gerald) Leahy of Vernon, and Kate (John Mill) Noakes of Fernie. She is also survived by her grandchildren Corey (Monica) Noakes, Patrick (Sylvia) Noakes, Shaun( Kerri) Leahy, Rita Mill, Stuart Mill, and Grayson Leahy, and her great grandchildren Chantal Noakes, Jayden Leahy, Davis Noakes, and Cale Leahy.
Peggy is survived by her brother, Bill (Gwen) Clark, her sister-in-law, Elvi Clark, and her brother-in-law, Bill Noakes. She was pre-deceased by her parents and her siblings Hugh (Elsie) Clark, Mary (Cliff) Johnson, Mike (Amy) Clark, Cathy (Gordie) Vance, and by her sisters and brothers in law Lloyd (Helen) Noakes, Leona (Clarence) Grapentine, Jean Noakes, Basil Noakes, and Eddy Noakes. Peggy will also be missed by many nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Peggy for her laughter and willingness to join them in their games and to tell them stories. Peggy will be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends.
Mom came to Canada in 1929 from Motherwell, County Lanark in Scotland and was raised in Sapperton, BC. Peggy married Len on June 2nd in 1946. Of her many jobs, she most enjoyed her work with young children and the elderly. Later in life she retrained as a medical receptionist and enjoyed that work until she retired. Peggy and Len spent their working lives in various parts of B.C. before retiring to Vernon in 1988. Mom had always loved the Okanagan since their long residence in Penticton.
Peggy was an accomplished swimmer who taught her children and many of her nieces and nephews to swim in Okanagan Lake. She dressed beautifully and loved to go out dancing with Len. She was proud of her Scottish heritage and known for her impromptu Highland flings. Peggy loved to garden and loved flowers. She enjoyed walks with her many loyal pets (Elmer, Penny, Willie, and Bobby).
But most of all Mom loved time with her family and especially her grandchildren. We all have great memories of her family dinners, picnics at the beach, and special holidays we spent with her and Dad.
A memorial service was held on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 4:00 at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with family and friends in attendance. In lieu of flowers you may wish to make donations to The Alzheimers Society of Canada or the Elks Royal Purple Fund.