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PEGGY DOREEN THOMPSON (published on October 05, 2011)

PEGGY DOREEN THOMPSON (nee RAIKE) Peacefully on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Lanark Lodge, Perth, Ontario, Peggy, daughter of Ellen and Harry Raike (formerly of Bristol, England); wife of the late Donald Alexander Thompson and sister of the late Ronald Raike. Peggy was born in Winnipeg on May 19, 1920 and moved to England with her family at age 15. She became a proficient legal secretary with a law firm in Bristol and during the Second World War volunteered with both the Red Cross and the Fire Watchers Brigade. Peggy returned to Winnipeg in 1949 and became the private secretary to a young lawyer, Don Thompson (later Senior partner of the law firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman), a position she proudly and efficiently held for 37 years. Peggy and her mother were residents of St. James, on Rutland Street and Oakdean Crescent. She was a member of Sturgeon Creek United Church where she also sang in the choir. When her mother's health required a move to a Personal Care Home, Peggy became a faithful and daily attender at Oakview Place. Not only did she assist with care for her mother, Peggy became a volunteer at Oakview and continued in that capacity long after her mother's death. Upon retirement, Peggy moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and was an active community volunteer, especially at Chateau Gardens Personal Care Home. In 1990 Peggy married the then recently widowed Donald Thompson residing in Winnipeg, Kenora, Niagara-on-the-Lake and latterly Perth, Ontario. Predeceased by her husband Donald in 1992 and brother Ronald in 1998, Peggy is survived by her sister-in-law Audrey, niece Leslie Woelk (Don), nephew Steve (Jill) and six great-nieces and nephews; also stepchildren Margaret Steele (Bill), Bruce (Pat), David (Joy) and Donald (Susan) Thompson. A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Blair Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St. West, Perth, Ontario followed by a reception in the Blair Son Family Centre. Interment will be held at a later date in Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Lanark Lodge for their exceptional care and compassion in providing a loving home for Peggy for one and one half years. Her family and friends are most grateful. Donations in remembrance of Peggy may be made to a charity of your choosing.

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