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Gladys "Peggy" Marjory Coleman

November 20, 1930 May 11, 2020
Gladys "Peggy" Marjory Coleman
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Peggy left this earth the morning after Mother’s 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 Winchester, Idaho and raised close-by in 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 3 grandchildren, she worked as a waitress at Handerson’s Drive-In, the Sumas Duty Free Store, and retired after 18 years at N.G. Jensen Customs Brokers.

Peggy and Lorren raised 2 batches of children over a span of 50 years. After their 4 daughters, Sandra, Christina, Marian, and Sue; they raised Chris’s children, Merrill, Cyprus, and Geneva (Jenny). As of Mother’s Day, Peggy’s tally is 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Peggy was preceded in death by her two daughters Sandy and Christina.

Peggy is survived by her two sisters, Marilyn Parkinson (Bellingham) and Joanne Thurlow (St Maries, ID). 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.

American Legion Post 212, Sumas. For 54 years you have been the hub of Peggy’s great big life. You provide an ideal spot for our countless family gatherings. You are our best friends. We are eternally grateful for the smiles you put on Peggy’s face in the last years of her life.

Graveside Service is limited to family on May 22, 2020, in Sumas Cemetery.

Donations in Peggy’s name are appreciated. Anything sent to the American Legion Post 212, PO 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.

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