Finally freed from the ravages of Alzheimers disease, our much loved Mum and Grandmama, the epitome of the “real lady”, went to be with her dear Basil on January 23, 2005.
For the past year she had been cared for in Orchard Manor in Kelowna, but the previous 20 years she spent in Chilliwack.
Born in Vancouver on December 9, 1920 to Adrian Joseph and Louise Menteith Moyls, she grew up in the Dunbar area and was Jubilee Queen in 1936. She earned her BA degree in Psychology from UBC in May 1942. Immediately thereafter she joined the WD’s of the RCAF and trained in bomber ops in Ottawa, where she met her commanding officer and future husband, the true love of her life. They were married in 1944 and went overseas for the remainder of the war, after which they returned to Vancouver to raise their family. They moved to West Vancouver in 1957.
After Basil’s death in 1962, Peggy went back to university, got her teaching degree, and taught at Sentinel Secondary for many years, where she was much loved and respected and a mentor to many. She was enticed to Chilliwack by the birth of her first grandchild, and became the chatelaine of Bryderwen, her heritage home. In Chilliwack she was active in St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, the Chilliwack Arts Council, and Sons of Scotland. She was a lifelong member of the PEO Sisterhood, as a charter member of Chapter AG, a past provincial president, and more recently a member of Chapter BC.
Peggy delighted in simple things: the colour red, high heels, the sunrise on Mt. Cheam, the aspens in fall, and the smell of the sea at Qualicum Beach. She loved traveling, singing, reading, and the arts, and instilled this love in her children, grandchildren, and students. Even in her later years she enjoyed reading to the students of St. Mary’s School.
She is survived by the children: David (Kathy Jack), Mandy (Jerry Rawson), Rosemary (Doug Fuhr), and Philip (Marie), as well as by her beloved grandchildren; Graeme Tingey, Kai Street, Meghan, Gareth and Jeremy Newcombe, and Ryan and Katie Gyenisze. She was predeceased by her brothers Adrian, Joseph and Maurice Moyls. Many adjectives could describe Mum: beautiful, courageous, erudite, strong, gracious, cheerful, generous, and loving. She will be sorely missed, but we are glad she is at peace.
Thank you to Dr. Martin Steinruck and the staff at Orchard Manor for their wonderful care.
Cremation. A memorial service to celebrate Peggy’s life will be held at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, Chilliwack at 11 am on Friday, February 4, 2005.