PETA Marguerite

Posted: May 5th, 2015


Marguerite Lucille Peta

December 7, 1922 – May 1, 2015

We regret to announce the passing of Marguerite Peta at the age of 92 years on May 1, 2015. She died peacefully surrounded by family at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice in Calgary.

Marguerite was a caring and loving person who will be dearly missed by her children; Jim Peta (Lynn Davies), Frances (Reg) MacDonald; grandchildren Leann MacDonald (Chris Fobert), Jill (Derek) Temush, and Scott MacDonald; and by daughter-in-law Tina Rittinger. Her husband Frank Peta, brother Allen Ross, and son Roger Peta predeceased her.

Marguerite was born in Drumheller to George and Jenny Ross and grew up near Morrin AB on the family farm. In 1943, she received a teaching certificate from the Calgary Normal School. She taught at a one-room schoolhouse near Rimby for two years before continuing her career in Wrentham and then Taber. In 1950, Marguerite returned to Wrentham to marry Frank Peta and taught for another two years before leaving to work on the family farm, raise three children and teach part time. Marguerite was a devout Christian and an enduring member of the Wrentham Community Church. Marguerite devoted time to many community activities including serving as a Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout leader. She was a dedicated volunteer and was often seen canvassing for various charities in the Wrentham area. This gave her the opportunity to meet with almost everyone in the area on a regular basis, which she enjoyed very much. She served on the Canadian Cancer Society Lethbridge Unit Board of Directors, as well as the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta Provincial Board of Directors. When the Prairie Winds Clubhouse in Claresholm needed a new building, she was instrumental in raising the needed funds for a down payment on the building they now occupy. In 2004, she moved from the farm to the Legion Terrace in Lethbridge where she lived independently until recently. Later in life, as her eyesight failed and her mobility decreased, she continued to give by crocheting blankets and donating them to Blankets for Canada.

A Funeral Service for Marguerite will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 8, 2015 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4th Street South, Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Brian Magee officiating. A private interment will take place at the Wrentham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marguerite can be made to the Prairie Winds Clubhouse, PO Box 1354, Claresholm AB, T0L 0T0 or to the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (Lethbridge & Area Branch 234C 12th Street B North Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 2K7, donate on line at

Visit to send a private condolence.

One Condolence for “PETA Marguerite”

  1. Dale Rudd says:

    Speaking on behalf of the Rudd famiy, we are very sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother Marguerite.
    I knew your mom as Jim, Frances, and Roger’s mom, through figure skating, and also as one of my junior high teachers.
    Later I realized (after I became a teacher!) the respect she deserved to teach in a small town, and knowing everyone. It is much easier to teach in anonymity!
    Marguerite was a caring, and organized teacher who wanted the best from her students.
    Working outside the home was also a path decades ago that few women ventured, and that must have taken not only courage, but perseverance, and determination.
    I hope your memories sustain you at that time.
    I appreciated Colleen Grover letting me know about your mother passing away.
    Very Sincerely,
    Dale Rudd (

Leave a Condolence