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PEGGY GRACE HALSTEAD (COLLINS)
Born: Aug 18, 1938
Date of Passing: May 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
PEGGY GRACE HALSTEAD
Peggy is lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, David Halstead; her two children, Neal Halstead and Sara Pauls; her sons-in-law, Joe Slabe and Joel Pauls; her five grandchildren, Anja, Issah, Eden Slabe and Nathaniel and Melissa Pauls; as well as two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, three nieces, two nephews and numerous relatives and friends around the world.
Peggy was born at St. Olave's Hospital in Bermondsey, London on August 18, 1938 to Edward and Grace (Edmonds) Collins. She was just over a year old when England declared war on Germany. A child of the war, the sounds of guns and fighter planes, the terror of bombs and bomb shelters, rationing and her father away in service was her life until V-E Day. Peggy was proud of her English heritage although she lost most of her accent over the years.
Peggy moved to Canada in 1963 after a visit the year before. David and Peggy were married in 1964 and lived in Rivers, Manitoba, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Kumasi, Ghana and Winnipeg, Manitoba. She served as a school trustee for 13 years in Moose Jaw and for three years in Winnipeg.
Peggy was published in Peter Gzowski's book, "This Country in the Morning" and broadcast on, and printed in, Stuart McLean's "Time Now for the Vinyl Café Story Exchange." She also published two books of short stories, notably "Teddy 'N' Me" about growing up in London during the Blitz.
Peggy worked at the Moose Jaw Public Library and one of the banks in Canada, but her favourite job was as a Ground Hostess at Victoria Station, London for BOAC, now British Airways. She shared many stories of helping passengers during the golden age of travel.
Peggy enjoyed travel and visited almost every continent and all but one Canadian province, but she always loved her home country of England.
Peggy will be remembered for her kind and welcoming personality, her sharp witty humour and her love for her family.
The funeral service will be recorded, and the family will share the link to the recording at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Lupus Canada.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
My condolences to Dave and family. Peggy was always gracious and courageous in the face of her illness when I saw her. It was a privilege to provide care for her. - Posted by: Christine Peschken (Physician) on: May 31, 2021
We got to know Peggy when we lived in Moose Jaw, SK, 1976-86. We became close friends with her and her family, enjoying many gatherings together. Those are certainly happy memories for us. Later we had a chance to obtain her book, Teddy 'N' Me. She had shared with us previously some of the tales of her wartime experiences. Reading the book was a much more compete picture of that dangerous and challenging time. Our sincere condolences to her family. Francie and Bruce Fraser, Dartmouth, NS - Posted by: Francie and Bruce (Friends) on: May 29, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Dave, Neal, Sara & families! You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May all the beautiful memories- the laughs, the stories and smiles help you during these days. We will always remember her as a very kind lady with a witty sense of humour and always had a smile. She was a very special lady and a great person to have as a friend and neighbor! We will miss her in our cove! - Posted by: Diane & Wayne Sorenson (Neighbor ) on: May 23, 2021
As I remember Peg I think fondly back to the evening of her book launch for Teddy and me at McNally Robinson. The pride and delight in seeing her beloved grandchildren read excerpts from her lovely book. Peg was indeed a kind and gracious lady who will be missed so very much. - Posted by: Bev Gunnarson (Friend ) on: May 22, 2021
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