Peggy Shirley Talbot died Jan. 22, 2011. She was born July 24, 1932 in Winnipeg to Louis McEachern and Alma Chartrand. Shirley grew close to her brother Mickey after their mother died (before Shirley turned 4) and their father enlisted. As a young woman, she moved to Toronto where she married Gordon Webb and had 2 children. She fell in love with the beauty of B.C., living in West Bank, Langley, and Hundred Mile House with her son Shane. When Shane died at 25, Shirley was heartbroken. She moved to Abbotsford, B.C. In 2000, she reconnected with her daughter Sandra, visiting often in B.C., California, Texas, Arizona, and Washington. Through family research, both were honoured to discover their Métis heritage. During Shirley’s long cancer battle, friend Katie Rast supported her. Shirley loved Elvis, Sinatra, jazz, dancing, trains, big hats, decorating, and sewing. Her vivaciousness and infectious laugh changed strangers to friends. After Shirley’s last surgery, she awoke thankful and determined to make things right with God. She accepted Jesus as Saviour and was baptized Dec. 5, 2010, into Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford. Predeceased by son Shane in 1995, Shirley is mourned by children Sandra, Ron Webb.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.