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Margaret Douglass MILLIGAN
Père : Milligan
Décès le : 2006-04-28
Parution : 2006-05-05
Conjoint(e) : Don Patterson
Paru dans : Calgary Herald, AB

PATTERSON Margaret (Peg) Douglass Margaret (Peg) Douglass Patterson, April 28, 2006 in Edmonton, Alberta. Peg is survived by her children, Donald (Lynda Bowes), Edmonton, Elspeth (Bill) Simpson, Ajax, Ontario, and Margaret Jean (John Poirier) Patterson of Yellowknife; and by four grandchildren, Gregory and Jerome Simpson, Annie Patterson-Poirier, and Richard Wilson, Donald's stepson. Peg is also survived by her brother Frank Milligan and his wife Bernice of Victoria; sister-in-law and dear friend Stuart Patterson; and brother-in-law Arthur Patterson and wife Margie, all of Calgary. She is also survived by a far-flung network of nieces, nephews and cousins. Peg was predeceased by her parents, her husband Don in Calgary in 1982, her sister Elspeth in Kelowna in 1977 and her brother Jim in Switzerland in 1961. Peg was born in Glenholme, Nova Scotia in 1915. Her school years were spent in Halifax and Bear River, Nova Scotia and Regina, Saskatchewan. She became an accomplished violinist, earning her Music Theory certification with First Class Honours from the Toronto Conservatory at the age of seventeen. She received an Associate in Arts Diploma and an Associate in Music in Violin Playing (Honours) (1935) from the University of Saskatchewan in Regina. She completed her music studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, graduating with a Violin Diploma, Licentiate in Music (1936) and a Bachelor of Music degree (1937). She continued her studies in Winnipeg, receiving a Diploma in Education from the University of Manitoba. She taught elementary school in Winnipeg from 1938 till 1942. She eventually played First Violin with a number of orchestras on the Prairies. In 1942 she met and married Don Patterson of Calgary. In 1943 she moved to Calgary where she lived with Don's parents, Harry and Margaret Patterson, and gave birth to her son, Donald, while Don was overseas in World War II. Upon the return of her husband, Squadron Leader Don Patterson, in 1945, the family lived in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, returning to Calgary in 1948. Her love of music and young people brought her back to teaching in 1965. Peg taught as a substitute teacher at the Children's Hospital in Calgary and at a number of junior high schools until she was in her seventy-fifth year. Junior High band classes were her favourite, as well as special education work that she started in Winnipeg. Peg was active in the Women's Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta and was their President in the late 1960's, being honoured as a Life Member. She was an active Lioness with the Downtown Calgary Lions Club. She kept in touch with many friends including the University of Saskatchewan alumni and the alumni of Don's employer, United Canso Oil and Gas Ltd. Peg was actively involved in the reunions of RCAF Squadron 426, the Thunderbird Squadron. Peg also volunteered for the Calgary Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Glenbow Museum and the Calgary Food Bank. Peg was an active and life-long church member, joining Knox United Church in Calgary in 1951. She joined the choir in the 1980's and was an active chorister until three years ago. In 2003 she moved to Edmonton to be closer to her son, Donald, who became more involved with her care as her health declined. Peg passed away peacefully in Riverbend Retirement Residence early on a beautiful spring day. The family would like to thank Dr. Krish Dhunnoo and the compassionate staff at Riverbend (Central Park Lodges) for their excellent care. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Association, No. 450, 301 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2A1, or the Esther Honens International Piano Competition Foundation, 888 - 10 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 2X1, or to support the music in the church of the donor's choice, with acknowledgement to B. Donald Patterson, 10727 Hardisty Drive N.W., Edmonton, Alberta, T6A 3T9 or to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Cremation has occurred. Peg's ashes will be interred with her parents in the Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery in Huntsville, Ontario. The family is planning a remembrance of Peg's life with the Knox United Church Choir at a Sunday Service later this year. Notice of that Service will be placed in the Calgary Herald. We will miss you, Peg, for your constant optimism, cheeriness and your love of music and people. You lived your life as though each day was a gift. You were always a model of good manners and dignity and you were a friend to everyone.


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