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Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC

OBITUARY

Margaret Laura Brewer

August 23, 1929February 6, 2020

The family of Margaret Laura (Peggy) Brewer (nee Green) regretfully announces her passing on February 6th, 2020 at the age of 90. Peggy will be lovingly remembered by her children Lyle Brewer (Clarice), Karen Hutchinson (Sid), Barry Brewer (Jan), Valerie Genaille (Frank) and Jenelle Brewer. She will also be missed by her thirteen grandchildren, Laura, Holly, Lindsey, Brittany, Nichole, Dan, Connor, Meagan, Colin, Lane, Evan, Draigan and Chris and seven great grandchildren, Kenleigh, SJ, Jacob, Tucker, Shia, Gus and Marshall. She is also survived by siblings Betty Newby, Ralph Green, Helen Miller, Pauline Cardella, Joyce Green and Marshall Green; sisters-in-law, Mary Anderson, Betty Peitzche, Joanne Brewer, Charlotte McKenzie, Linda Williams and Darlene Brewer; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Peggy was predeceased by her husband, William Brewer, and her daughter Kathleen (Kathi) Brewer, her parents Arthur and Laura Green, brothers Ken, Layton and Eldon Green and sister Olga Green.

Peggy was born and raised in Albany, PEI, to Art and Laura Green. She graduated from St. Dunstan’s University in 1950. She moved out West the same year and found work as a chambermaid in Jasper, Alberta. She learned of teaching positions with the Dept. of Indian Affairs and soon found herself teaching and living at the Indian Day School at Six Mile Creek on the Okanagan Indian Reserve near Vernon, BC. The school also doubled as a social centre and that’s where she met William Brewer, whom she eventually married. They built a family home at Irish Creek in the 1950s where they raised their family. When the Indian Day schools closed, Peggy took a job as an Education Counsellor at the Dept. of Indian Affairs District Office in Vernon and assisted aboriginal students from the Kootenays, the Okanagan and the Shuswap, travelling many miles every year until the closure of the District Office in 1975.

Peggy was a devout Catholic and helped run St. Benedict’s and St. Theresa’s Catholic Churches on the Okanagan Reserve. She was well known in the Catholic community in Vernon and at St. James School. People often said about Peggy “If she doesn’t make it to heaven, nobody will.” She was kind and generous to everyone who was fortunate enough to be in her circle. She devoted many hours in her later years to the Okanagan Elders group and spearheaded many Elders Group entries into local parades.

Peggy wasn’t an athlete herself, but she was crazy about sports and often called herself a “hockey nut.” Soon after meeting William, she became the scorekeeper for his baseball team, the Head of the Lake Bluebirds, and had fond memories of scorekeeping Babe Ruth baseball at Polson Park. She was well known in the Vernon Figure Skating Club, Vernon Minor Baseball and Vernon Minor Hockey circles. William and Peggy always fully supported their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and made sure they always had the opportunity to participate in sports and recreation activities.

Peggy’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Hearthstone Manor and Heron Grove who cared for Peggy in her last year as though she was one of their own. Her family would also like to thank Dr. Donald Smith for his kind and compassionate care.

Visitors are welcome at the family home at 12424 Westside Road, Vernon, BC. Peggy will be returning home for a final time on Saturday, February 8th, at 11:00 AM. A Funeral service and burial will be held at St. Benedict’s Church at Head of the Lake Road, Vernon, BC, at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 10th, 2020. A luncheon will follow at the Head of the Lake Hall next to the Church.

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Maura Green

February 11, 2020

Dear Lyle, Karen, Barry, Valerie and Janelle, I was very sorry to hear about Aunt Peggy's passing. She was a beautiful, kind and intelligent woman with a positive presence in the world and in my Dad's life (John Eldon). It's been many years since I saw Peggy, but over 20 years ago when I visited, she very kindly gave me a little picture that had been Kathi's. I used to see Kathi a bit when I lived in Toronto and each time I see that little picture in my home I think of Kathi (and your whole family, really) and I feel lucky that I got to spend a little time with Kathi and meet many of you in Vernon all those years ago. It is lovely to know that Peggy and William have so many children, grandchildren and great grand children to carry on their legacy of kindness and commitment to community and involvement in sports.
With great respect and affection,
Maura

Vincent Green

February 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to the entire Brewer family on the passing of Aunt Peggy. May your many fond memories of her comfort you at this difficult time. Aunt Peggy was a sweetheart. She was closest to my father, Eldon, in age and he really respected and admired her. Dad spoke at my high school graduation and his speech revolved around what he had learned from William & Peggy about the indigenous way of raising children. Sadly I did not get to see Aunt Peggy as much as I would have liked to. God bless her soul. She is with William & Kathi now. RIP Aunt Peggy.

Love,

Vince Green
vincentjgreen@gmail.com

Mary Beth Parsons

February 11, 2020

Dear Lyle, Karen, Barry, Valerie and Janelle:

I just heard of your dear mother’s death . I am the oldest child of her late brother , John Eldon. Dad was very fond of Aunt Peggy and was impressed with her intelligence , wisdom and her ability to touch so many lives in a meaningful way.

I found your mother so easy to talk to the few times we met and will remember her with affection.

It is always hard to say goodbye to our mothers and especially one so caring as your mother. My sympathies to you, her 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren during this sad time. Kind Regards, Mary Beth

Barbara Kasnik

February 10, 2020

We are sending our deepest condolences to the Brewer family. Your mom held our parents deep respect and I remember working with her on St. James School Council. Peggy although quiet in her demeanour spoke with much wisdom. We too will miss her, may she Rest In Peace united with William again.
The Kasnik and Morrison Family

SHaron Anne Green

February 10, 2020

Mary Beth just called me from PEI after talking to Aunt Joyce to tell us of Peggy’s passing. Jamie and I are very sorry to hear this news. Peggy and Will v generously opened their home and hearts to us when we visited with Mom and Dad and to attend Kathi’s funeral. Both Aunt Peggy and Uncle William were remarkable people. All our love and prayers to you all. 💚

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY