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Born: Sep 15, 1926

Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2019

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(née PETRIE)
September 15, 1926 - October 12, 2019

Margaret Henderson, known to friends as "Peggy", passed away peacefully at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, at age 93.
Predeceased by her parents and her husband David.
Survived by her children, Susan Wilding (Terry) of Sault Ste. Marie, David (Lea) of Toronto, and Robin (Rita); five grandchildren, Christopher, Karen, Jennifer, Caitlin and Jocelyn; two great-grandchildren, Jorja and Gabriel; and her brothers, Bill in Florida and Jim in California.
Peggy was born in New York City to Scottish immigrants. Grew up there and in suburban Valley Stream, attending Sewanhaka High School. In the first of many overseas trips she would take in her lifetime, she sailed unaccompanied at age 10 to Scotland to visit family.
In 1944, while volunteering at the Thistle Club in Manhattan she met a young British serviceman, David Henderson, on his way back to England. They corresponded for years by letter. In 1950, after finishing university, David moved to Canada. The next year they married and Peggy left life in the big city for a cabin in northern Quebec. David later found work with Inco, which brought the young family to northern Manitoba in early 1959 - pioneers in what was then the new mining town of Thompson. Peggy's biggest legacy was co-founding the town's library with three other women volunteers. In 1967, the town hired her as its first library administrator, a job she held for nearly 20 years. During those years she and David embarked on a lifetime of travels, usually to Britain and Europe but even as far afield as China.
She retired to Winnipeg in 1986 and for years volunteered with the Children's Hospital Book Market and the IODE. She had an active social life with friends and family and enjoyed the theatre and Folklorama.
The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to Janet from Comfort Keepers, who became Peggy's best friend in the last two years as she struggled with dementia, and to the staff at Simkin.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy's memory may be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Peggy and her husband David were very close to my mother back in the Thompson years. I will always remember her with fond memories as she gave much comfort to my mother in times of need. The whole family were the type of neighbours that ever person should have. Peggy, her husband and their son David had visited us while we were living in the UK. I made it a point to visit with her in Winnipeg a few years back with my wife and children which gave her much delight. She will always remain in my thoughts. RIP dear Peggy. - Posted by: Nick Kalmanovitch (Neighbours ) on: Oct 22, 2019

  • Dear Susan, David, Robin and family, Our thoughts and hearts are with you all during this time of loss. Many wonderful memories will live on from Granite Crescent, holidays shared together, and Mom and Peggy working together at the Library. Wishing you all comfort and peace. Love, Sheila Norquay (Gord Black) & Moira Norquay. - Posted by: Sheila Norquay (Family Friend from Thompson) on: Oct 17, 2019

  • Margaret ( Peggy) was a long time patron of the Louis Riel library. We will miss her friendly manner and visits. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: crystal (aquaintance) on: Oct 17, 2019

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