The family of Margaret (Peggy) Miller Day wish to announce that she passed away peacefully in the evening of October 5, 2013.
Peggy is survived by her step-sons, Wayne (Rene), Michael (Shelley)–semicolon– daughter-in-law, Delores–semicolon– grandchildren, Mark, Nicole, Jason, Stephen, Brant, and Brynn–semicolon– and great-grandchildren, Heru, Olivia, and Gisella–semicolon– her nephews Gary (Heather) and Bryan and grand nieces Brenda, Kristan, and Tara.
She was predeceased by Louis, her husband of 30 years, her parents Peter Robert and Mabel (May) Miller, and her brother Robert (Bob).
Peggy was born on October 24th, 1923, in Marshall, Saskatchewan where she completed high school, and subsequently lived in Edmonton and Vancouver.
Peggy’s career started as clerk at the Federal Government Selective Service office in North Battleford in 1942 and continued to her retirement from the City of Edmonton in 1982.
She joined the Dept. of National Defence as a switchboard operator at the Initial Training School with the RCAF in 1943 and then began her career in public broadcasting in 1945 joining CJCA as receptionist and switch board operator. She held a succession of positions with CJCA including Continuity Editor and Director of Creative Promotion and Community Relations. She transferred to a sister station CKWX in Vancouver in 1968 in the role of Director of Station Promotion and Community Relations.
Peggy returned to Edmonton in 1972 and worked for the City of Edmonton’s Public Relations Dept. retiring in 1982.
Peggy will perhaps best be remembered for her outstanding contributions to a wide variety of community involvements. These include:
-a long association with the Edmonton Eskimos–semicolon– including the writing of the Eskimo fight song,
-an active role with the Edmonton Exhibition Assoc. and the Edmonton Klondike Days Assoc.
-participation on the Boards of the Edmonton and Vancouver United Ways, the Cystic Fibrosis Assoc., the Easter Seals Campaign, and the Winifred Stewart School,
-writing and directing musical productions for both the Western Association of Broadcasters and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
Peggy’s work and community involvements have been recognized through the conferring of a number of awards and honours. The City of Edmonton made Peggy a Honourary Citizen in 1968 for her efforts in promoting the City. She was the recipient of the Builder’s Award of the Yellowhead Highway Assoc., the Cheechako award of the Canadian Progress Club, and the Red Feather Society Award of the United Way. She was inducted into the Canadian Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2005, and is a lifetime member of the Western Association of Broadcasters.
The family wish to express their gratitude to the nursing care team on Unit 6 East of the Robbins Pavilion at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for their compassionate care. Special thanks also to those from Palliative Care and Pastoral Services for their kindness and support.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, friends who so wish may make memorial donations to the Christian Children’s Fund, 1200 Denison Street, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 8G6, Christ Church (Anglican) 12116-102 Avenue, Edmonton, or to the charity of your choice.