Mercedes Francis ‘Peggy’ Gilbert

May 19, 1931 – November 28, 2021
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of beloved wife, Mother and Grandmother Mercedes Francis (Peggy) Gilbert. She is deeply missed by her loving husband Jack of 67 years, her children Anne Cappus (Dave), Susanne Burns (Jeffrey), David Gilbert (Jackie), grandchildren Leanne Pinder, Michael Cappus, Nicholas and Mackenzie Burns, Valerie Gilbert, great grandchildren Violet and Maverick, niece and nephews and Karen. Predeceased by her parents Margaret and Gilbert Renwick and brother David (Sheila). Peggy was born and raised in Port Alberni before attending teachers training in Victoria and University of British Columbia. She began her teaching career as a primary specialist in Vancouver and then moved to Port Alberni with Jack where she taught in many elementary schools. Peggy was forced to resign her teaching position with her first pregnancy due to School Board policy. She returned to teaching when her third child entered grade eight. Peggy later continued to enhance her teaching skills by attending the University of Victoria.
She was an outstanding Mother. Her family will remember her for her caring nature, intelligence, and abundance of encouragement and endless love. Peggy was well known for her fabulous talent in hosting family and social events. She was a highly skilled seamstress, baker and cook and had a passion for the performing arts. Peggy and Jack traveled to many international destinations and admired the beauty of the Alberni canal while salmon fishing. They followed their children and grandchildren around the country to cheer them on in their athletic and artistic endeavours. She especially cherished her time with Jack, family and friends at their summer home on Sproat Lake.
Peggy ended her battle with dementia with her family at her side at Echo Village. The family extends their gratitude and thanks for the outstanding compassion, care and dignity by their staff. A private family celebration of life will be held at Cedar Valley cemetary. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help flood victims of BC at donate.redcross.caObituary


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