March 21, 1924 – December 31, 2008
Although our dear Peggy passed away peacefully in Burnaby, BC with her family by her side, her indomitable spirit will always stay with us. Wife of the late William LaNauze (RCN, Ret’d) of Midland, Ontario, daughter of Sir Arthur and Lady Beatrice Stonhouse of Red Deer, Ab., Peggy is survived by her daughter Patricia LaNauze (Arnie Gauthier) of Vancouver, BC., by many well-loved nieces and nephews and by a host of friends from coast to coast. Born in Innisfail, Ab., Peggy was the last of her siblings. She was predeceased by her twin sister Betty Mitchell of England, her brother Sir Philip Stonhouse of Medicine Hat, Ab. and her sister Gerrie McLean of Cambridge, Ont.
Peggy was a nursing graduate of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria and loved her vocation as an RN. She nursed in Santa Monica, California, and in the UK before joining the Royal Canadian Navy as a Nursing Sister. While serving in the RCN in Halifax, she met and then married the dashing naval officer Bill LaNauze, and their lives together took them all across Canada. When Bill retired from the Navy in 1967, he joined the Ontario civil service and he and Peggy moved to Midland, Ontario, where Peggy continued to practise her vocation in various ways – as a V.O.N., as nurse in a busy family clinic and as an industrial nurse. Peggy was also a talented weaver, was active with SCACA (Simcoe County Arts & Crafts Association), the Girl Guides, and St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Midland. When Bill passed in 1994, Peggy returned to her beloved Vancouver Island, moving to Parksville to be closer to the wonderful women she had been with at St. Joseph’s, and carved out a new life for herself. She lived in “The Meadows”, made many new friends and was very active in her community as a volunteer. Facing some health challenges, Peggy moved to Seton Villa in Burnaby, and that phase of her life filled her with much joy. She loved living at Seton, and took full advantage of everything that it offered, while contributing enormously to community life there.
In Peggy’s own words, “her life was very full and she enjoyed every minute. Illness kept her low in the last few years – but no regrets”.
A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held on Thursday, January 15 at 2:00pm in the Penthouse at Seton Villa, 3755 McGill Street, Burnaby, BC.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. A few of Peggy’s favourites were the SPCA, Action Line Housing Society (Seton Villa), Union Gospel Mission, Charlford House Society for Women, and Covenant House.