September 27th, 1923 – July 30th, 2015
Peggy Stoliker (nee Triggs) passed away peacefully on July 30th, 2015, she was 91 years young. Peggy was the eldest daughter of Bill and Violet Triggs who resided in Nelson for over 65 years. After happy childhood years of hiking, swimming and singing around campfires she left Nelson for Victoria where she studied to become a teacher. She then moved to Mission B.C. and taught physical education. Soon she met and married Glen Stoliker, a local pharmacist. Peggy stopped teaching when her own children began to arrive but later, after updating her skills at UBC, returned to her career – this time as a kindergarten teacher where she found her true vocation. She was a creative force and a bright guiding light for her family and for hundreds of children in the Mission School District. A poet at heart, she wrote many poems and ballads over the years,often to commemorate a wedding, anniversary or birth.
Inspiration often came from her love of and deep attunement to the natural world. She loved hiking and canoeing and, over the years, created a beautiful garden that circled the family home. Above all else, she loved her family. For Peggy, family meant not only husband and children but also relatives of all ages across North America and in England. She always loved a good conversation and corresponded regularly with cousins, nieces, great aunts and faraway friends.
When the challenges of advancing years finally crept up on her, she moved to Chilliwack where she was cared for by her youngest daughter Kathleen. A year later she came home to the Kootenays under the care of her eldest daughter, Rivkah.
Peggy spent the last months of her life at Mountain Lakes Senior’s Community. The family wish to thank all the caring staff there who shared their love and skills, easing the daily challenges and bringing light to the “little old lady” who gave so much light to others throughout her life.
Peggy was predeceased by her husband Glen and her son Stanley. She will be fondly remembered by her children Rivkah, Paul and Kathleen, her grandchildren Avia, Rosanna, Lucille, Colin, Jack and Karl and the many others whose lives she touched.