I have many fond memories of Aunt Peggie and Uncle Ernie, and Don and Brian. Even though I have lots of uncles, aunts and cousins, Aunt Peg and Uncle Ernie, Don and Brian have always been my favorites. I always looked forward to them coming out to the farm to visit or us going to Calgary to visit them.
Aunt Peg and Uncle Ernie treated me well when I moved into the city to attend university. They gave me a place to stay while looking for room and board in my first year. They always encouraged me and helped me celebrate my successes during my university days.
In 1984 Dianne and I got married in Brockville, Ontario and Peg & Ernie made the trek across the country to attend. It was muchly appreciated. (Don & Rita were also there, but didn’t travel nearly as far.)
In 1986 we dropped by their place in Calgary on the way home from the hospital to show off our first born (Rebecca) and they were very warm and welcoming. In 1988 we made an emergency call to Aunt Peg in the middle of the night to come and babysit Rebecca while we made an unexpected trip to the hospital to have our second child (Alyna).
Our family made many stops at their place over the years. They were always welcoming and generous anytime we came to visit them. And I know they were for my parents (Jess & Helen) and the rest of my siblings as well.
The only negative thing I can say about Peg and Ernie is they gave me my first bottle of scotch. It was a thank you gift for looking after their house while they were away in England. That little gift has cost me a lot of money over the years. But on the plus side, it has also brought me a lot of enjoyment!!
How blessed you both were to have such a wonderful mother. I remember two things about her: Mrs. Matthews chasing Brian with the kitchen broom after about 15 pop bottles - each containing recently caught wasps - came toppling down. Brian and I thought putting the bottles on the stairs right below the back door was a good decision!
Also, Mrs Matthews made fantastic oatmeal cookies!
We're firm believers that when we lose someone close to us, like a mother, they continue to live on through us and give us unbelievable strength. They’re so connected to us that they become a part of us. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Peggy, thinking of all the Matthews family during this difficult time. Stephen, Grace, Eric and Tiffany.