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Patricia Margaret Adele Craven

January 7, 1939

July 8, 2023

Peggy Craven, also known as Patricia Margaret Adele, passed away on July 8th, 2023 after bravely battling Alzheimer’s disease. However, her struggles in her final years only make up a small part of the extraordinary life she lived. Born on January 7th, 1939, in Vista, Manitoba, Peggy grew up in a farming community during the harsh times of the dustbowl and World War II. Her childhood experiences instilled in her the values of hard work, resilience, and sacrifice that guided her throughout her life.

Despite her humble beginnings, Peggy was always an adventurer at heart. At the age of 19, she displayed remarkable courage and independence by hitchhiking through Europe with a friend, which was quite unusual for a small-town girl from Canada at that time. She often reminisced about being scolded in Italy for wearing slacks, but she never let that deter her. Peggy’s determination and stubbornness were evident even in her youth, and these qualities carried her through a fulfilling, yet sometimes challenging, life.

During her early twenties, Peggy pursued a career in nursing and eventually moved to Edmonton, where she met her husband of 52 years, Donald Craven, who sadly passed away in 2018. Together, they ventured westward and settled in Blueridge, North Vancouver. They built their first home there, a red and white Spanish-style stucco two-story house that still stands today. Peggy and Donald welcomed two sons, Trevor and Aaron, into their lives.

Family meant everything to Peggy, and she dedicated herself tirelessly to creating opportunities for her children. She worked extra shifts at Lions Gate Hospital in Vancouver to give Trevor and Aaron experiences she never had growing up in Manitoba. As a nurse, Peggy worked in various departments, including triage, emergency, and pediatrics. She had a special affinity for pediatrics and was profoundly moved by the resilience and determination displayed by her patients and their families, even in the face of grief. Peggy’s compassionate nature and exceptional work ethic endeared her to both the hospital staff and the wider community.

Tragedy struck in 1986 when Peggy’s firstborn, Trevor, tragically passed away in a car accident. His untimely death deeply impacted the community and left a lasting void. However, Peggy remained resilient, raising Aaron with boundless love and instilling in him the same values she held dear. Aaron grew into a remarkable individual, excelling in athletics, art, and advocacy work.

After retiring, Peggy and Donald embarked on numerous adventures that took them to far-flung destinations around the world. From witnessing the Northern Lights to exploring the wonders of the Antarctic, their travel experiences mirrored the richness of Peggy’s life. Her passport became a testament to her boundless curiosity and zest for life.

Peggy leaves behind her son Aaron, his wife Kate, and their son Charlie, who brought immense joy to her life as her only grandchild. She is also survived by her sister Viola, brother Garry, sisters-in-law Vivian and Lorraine, and brother-in-law Albert. Peggy’s nieces, nephews, and numerous friends and colleagues will always cherish the memories they shared with her.

In her final years, Peggy received exceptional care from the dedicated staff at Sunrise of Vancouver, with a special mention for those working on the Reminiscence floor. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the emergency staff at VGH for their kindness and compassion during Peggy’s last moments.

Peggy, we love you, and we will carry your memory in our hearts forever. In honor of her memory, the family kindly requests donations to be made to The Alzheimer Society of BC, in lieu of sending flowers.

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