Marion Hess

14 February, 19296 April, 2021

Marion (Peggy) Hess passed away on April 6th, 2021, at the age of 92.

Peggy leaves four daughters: Aveleigh, Sheridan (Rudy), Tierney (Scott), and Darien (Norm), 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, cousin Mary and family, nine nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews. Peggy was born Feb 14, 1929 and lived most of her life at Sproat Lake. She worked as a teacher and librarian for School District 70 until her retirement at age 55, and then she was a writer, photographer, traveler, gardener, slug salter and life-long student. One of her favorite projects was co-writing and publishing ‘Sproat Lake Reflections’ as a member of the Sproat Lake History Book Committee in 2008. Peggy never lost her sense of adventure and, after retirement, enjoyed exploring new places, whether it be on another continent or in her own backyard. She toured South America and hiked the West Coast Trail, visited Belize, Scotland, Mexico, and celebrated her 70th birthday with a month in South Africa. On her 79th birthday she put on a wetsuit to try surfing at Long Beach.

Her happiest place was working in her garden where you would find her most days of the year, pleased to share her knowledge and plants with friends and family. Winter months would find her reading and looking out at “her” lake, while planning for the next gardening season.

When visiting Peggy at the lake you were guaranteed a warm welcome, a cup of tea or glass of wine, jelly beans, a list of things that needed fixing, a request to get the mail, the computer was usually ‘acting up’, the pliers were on the counter as knobs were never replaced, and she always, always expressed her gratitude and appreciation for her visitors.

Peggy spent the past two years at Echo Village and felt safe and cared for by the thoughtful, compassionate staff there. We are very grateful for this and for the kindness shown to us during Mom’s passing.

Due to Covid there will be no gathering, Mom loved and appreciated you all. Tiger!


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Gail Morton

7 May 2021

Peggy was an incredible person to work with in the school system. She was quiet, thoughtful, and kind. I met Peggy during my first teaching job at Calgary Elementary, many years ago. She was a genuine, beautiful soul who made the world a better place. My heart goes out to all of you.
We share your loss and hope that our thoughts will find you and give peace and comfort.

Warm wishes and hugs,
Gail Morton

Michele Webb

6 May 2021

From Joyce Webb and family. We have such fond memories of visiting Peggy and spending time with her at Sproat Lake. Sincere condolences to the family.

Jo Russell

1 May 2021

I had the honour of having Peggy for a teacher in grades three and four. It was the first year Faber School was open. She was absolutely lovely! My Dad use to say Peggy Hess has the most beautiful smile at Sproat Lake. He was right. My condolences to the Hess family. Peggy was a Sproat Lake icon. She will be missed.

Dayle Robertson

1 May 2021

I have many fond memories of being welcomed into Peggy’s home on Faber Road. First, as a friend of her daughter and then as a colleague and personal friend. She was always the most calm, cool and collected woman. Such a class act.

Lauralee Edgell

1 May 2021

I loved living across the road from Peggy for many years. She always had a smile on her face and she really loved 'her lake'. I remember her telling me about the lake freezing a bit. Her garden was delightful. Cougar Smith Park is named after her father and she was a true Sproat Lake pioneer. She will be missed. With love from the Edgell Family.