Gladys Marjory “Peggy” Coleman left this earth the morning after Mothers Day on May 11, 2020. She passed at home with her daughter Sue and her husband of 73 years, Lorren, at her side. Sue and Lorren were Peggy’s primary caregivers during her progressive dementia that eventually left her as helpless as a baby.
Peggy was born in 1930 in Winchester, Idaho, and raised in nearby Cragmont, where she met Lorren in 1936, on his way to Fort Lewis to get discharged from the U.S. Army. Peggy’s boyfriend at the time was Lorren’s best man at their wedding less than a year later.
Peggy was a 65-year Whatcom County resident. She moved to Sumas from Stampede Pass with Lorren and their daughters in 1955. While raising her daughters and three grandchildren, she worked as a waitress at Handerson’s Drive-In and the Sumas Duty Free Store and retired after 18 years at N.G. Jensen Customs Brokers.
Peggy and Lorren raised two batches of children over a span of 50 years. After their four daughters, Sandra, Christina, Marian and Sue, they raised Chris’s children, Merrill, Cyprus and Geneva (Jenny). As of Mothers Day, Peggy’s tally was four children, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Peggy was preceded in death by her daughters Sandy and Christina.
Peggy is survived by her two sisters, Marilyn Parkinson of Bellingham and Joanne Thurlow of St. Maries, Idaho. Christina’s children are Merrill and Cyprus Tucker and Geneva Luna. Marian’s children are James, Brian, Phillip and Ben Amble, and Adrianne Siemsen. Sue’s children are Dylan and Zachary Corriveau. Merrill, Geneva, James, Brian, Phillip and Adrianne are responsible for the 15 great-grandchildren.
For 54 years, American Legion Post 212, Sumas, was the hub of Peggy’s great big life. This place provided an ideal spot for countless family gatherings, and for best friends. We are eternally grateful for the smiles Legion Post 212 put on Peggy’s face in the last years of her life.
A graveside service limited to family is on May 22 in Sumas Cemetery.
Donations in Peggy’s name are appreciated. Anything sent to the American Legion Post 212, P.O. Box 74, Sumas, WA 98295, will get to Peggy’s family. In addition to the American Legion, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, act.alz.org.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.