Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Patterson

Obituary of Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Patterson

September 2, 1948 - March 31, 2022


Peggy passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the age of 73. She is survived by her children, Andrew (Stephanie), Geoff (Laura), and Stephanie (Kevin); grandchildren, Ella, Lily, Jocelyn and Daniel; and siblings, Jamie, Patty and Gord. Peggy grew up in Leamington, Ontario and was predeceased by her parents, Joan and George Meuser.


Peggy’s unforgettable kindness, warmth and compassion made her shine like a beautiful light. She will be fondly remembered as a wonderful sister, mother, grandma, relative and friend. Her big smile and selfless interest in others allowed her love to weave itself forever into the fabric of many, many lives. Peggy was at her very happiest when surrounded by her family and friends, always taking the time to ensure everyone felt like they mattered.


After obtaining her Doctor of Education degree while raising her three children, Peggy went on to have a successful academic career – first at the University of Guelph and then at the University of Calgary.  She was a passionate student advocate, leader, and pioneer in higher education leadership. Peggy was widely recognized for her lifelong dedication to enhancing the student experience. Generations of students and peers will gratefully remember her contributions to their academic and personal journeys.


In her free time, Peggy could often be found amongst her gorgeous gardens. She put the same care and nurturing into flowers and plants that she put into every other area of her life. The beauty and colour she created brought smiles to others and cultivated a deep sense of satisfaction in herself. Her uncanny ability to find four leaf clovers wherever she went seemed like Mother Nature’s way of saying thank you for the love Peggy brought to this world.


Peggy was a truly wonderful person who will be very sadly missed.


A scholarship has been established in honour of Peggy. Donations can be made at https://engage.ucalgary.ca/dr-peggy-patterson-scholarship-fund. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Atrium of the Administration/Arts building at the University of Calgary on July 21, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Margaret (Peggy) Patterson, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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