“Peggy” Margaret Eldora Alexandra Orr Thomas

Peggy Thomas

Margaret Eldora Alexandra Orr

Tim Hortons lost a loyal customer on December 7, 2014. Peggy passed peacefully in her home at The Concorde Assisted Living in Penticton.

Her husband Jack predeceased her in 1982 and she is survived by sons Dean of Penticton and Lowell (Karen) of Tucson AZ. Grandsons Waylon and Harley Thomas live in North Vancouver while grand-daughter Christa Moser and great-grandkids Tyler Spray and Jayden Nichol are from Saanichton.

Peggy was born in Hanna, Alberta in 1927 and followed her parents to British Columbia. After Business School, she was working in Prince George as the first-known female lumber buyer when she met her future husband, Jack Thomas of Smithers Planer. Jack, recognizing a charming woman who could also be an asset to his business, charmed her with a first date which ended up at a romantic view point under the stars. Peggy later learned that the viewpoint was a sanitary land fill, but the romance took hold. Simultaneously starting their own family and both working to build the family business, Jack and Peggy’s time in Smithers was surrounded by their parents, brothers, a sister, in-laws and the many associated children, all within a few short blocks.

After a short stint in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Jack and Peggy bought a vineyard and settled in Penticton in 1968 for the long haul. She became comptroller for Casabello Wines for many years. Some might say that she was a connoisseur of the fine wines of that era. The family denies all reports of inventory leakage during Peggy’s tenure.

Peggy’s house was always full of the neighbourhood’s juvenile delinquents, some of which called her Peggy and many who called her Mom. Simply put, Peggy loved and cared for just about everybody who came in contact with her and, in mostly every case, that love was returned to her until her final day. If Peggy had a message for those that remain, it would be, ‘I have been blessed.’

Special thanks to the staff and management of The Concorde, Dr. Killian and Dr. Clouatre, and the wonderful staff of Penticton Regional Hospital. You succeeded in giving us all our greatest gift, more time with Peggy!

The family would like to ‘celebrate her life’ with a gathering of friends and family in Penticton when there is warmer weather, easier travel and more availability. If you would like to attend please email deanthomas@shaw.ca or phone 250-276-5909.


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