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Margaret Anne Elvin SPENCER (nee Airth)

Peggy left us the same way she lived every day of her life; with beauty, grace and dignity.

She was born in 1926 in New Westminster, the youngest of six children of Henry C. Airth and Ruth Elvin.  She graduated from Duke of Connaught high school and continued her education at the Vancouver School of Art.  Peggy began her career as an Illustrator in the Advertising Department of David Spencer Ltd., where she met her future husband, Victor Spencer.

Married in June of 1951 and residing in West Vancouver, she quickly learned to juggle being an attentive wife and mother to her growing family, while also being a charming hostess of countless social gatherings.  Numerous years of BC Lions events were also an integral part of her early life.  Peggy was involved in many volunteer organizations such as the Vancouver Junior League, Vancouver Garden Club and Vancouver Christmas Charity Ball.

When Holt Renfrew opened in Vancouver, Peggy just had to be involved and enjoyed being an instrumental part of their immediate success.

In her quiet moments she loved working in her gardens, painting and enjoying her lakeside views.  Many fond memories remain from the fun filled days and nights spent in Casa Loma with family and friends spanning six decades.

Peggy will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years, Victor V. Spencer; her daughters, Janice Spencer and Andrea Hunter (nee Spencer); her son, Victor (Andrea) and her grandchildren: Victor, David, Michael and Paloma Spencer.  She is also survived by her sister, Isabelle Loveless and many other family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.  A family memorial will be held at a later date.

Mom, you held our hands for a while and you will hold our hearts forever.  We will miss you.


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  • Michael Coulthard says:

    Our sincere condolences to you all.
    I have so many wonderful memories of our times spent with the Spencer family over the past 50+ years. Peggy was a beautiful and gracious lady and we will miss her. She will rejoin her dear friend Ruth in some very special place.
    Michael and Lesley

  • Peter and Edith Wright says:

    We are so sorry to hear that Peggy has left you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Vic, and all you family.
    We do pray that you will find comfor in all the wonderful memories you have of Peggy.
    Love, Peter & Edith Wright.

  • Gordon Govan says:

    A leader of her family who graced this world with beauty and intelligence. She along with her husband Victor, raised a wonderful family through morals and family pride. God bless you Peggy.

  • Barbara Tepoorten says:

    My sincere condolences to you, Janice, and your family. Am thinking about our golden childhood summers, with special memories of “The Spencers” arriving by boat for an evening of fun.
    Your mum was always smiling, and always looked so beautiful.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Stephen and Margot Millen says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Spencer family. Peggy will always be so fondly remembered by all who knew her. Truly one of the great ladies of her time.
    Steve and Margot

  • Melinda Clancey-Dubienski says:

    Vic, Janice, and family so sorry to hear of Peg’s passing. So many memories of your parents and mine. Peg was a wonderful woman and I wish you all to embrace those great times spent together. All my love. Mel

  • Trisha McDonell says:

    My deepest sympathies to ” Daddy Victor”, Andrea, Janice, and Vic Jr. Fond memories of childhood adventures with The Spencers : Sundae making contests beside the pool at 486,Coloured eggs and baby bunnies at Easter in the Hen House at Earlscourt, horseback riding at Pavilion, Peggy always being the Hostess with the Mostest. This kind,gracious and stunning lady will be truly missed . Trisha

  • Nancy McDonell says:

    It is with deep sorrow I offer my condolences to the Airth and Spencer families on the passing of Peggy Spencer. I am so fortunate she was such a big part of my life growing up. She always made everything so special for us kids. Thank you, Mrs. Spencer.

  • Lillian McDonell says:

    Peggy was such a lovely lady. Peggy and I spent many hours together watching the kids swim at Sunny Beach in Kelowna. My sincere condolences to Victor and the children. Lil

  • Rob McDonell says:

    My thoughts are with Janice, Victor, Andrea and the Master at this sad time. Peggy’s unparalleled beauty and grace could light up a room like no other with that kind smile I will always miss.

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