In Memory of





Obituary for Doreen May Peebles (Patman)

We regret to inform friends and relatives of the passing of our mother Doreen May Peebles (nee Patman). How lucky we are to have had someone in our lives that makes saying goodbye so hard. //Our mother was pleased to have been born and married the same years as Queen Elizabeth and enjoyed following the Royals. She has lived through many of history's most difficult and triumphant times and made the most of every moment. She raised her three children Diane Koobas (the late Kalle Koobas), Lawrence Peebles (Martha Turner) and Meggan Pamela Peebles (Tim Slavin) who will miss her warm and wonderful spirit. She gave us the foundation and values to enjoy and appreciate all that we have. We are very thankful. She urged us to do our best. “Oh, and don't stop smiling.”
Mom was predeceased by her husband Byron Charles Peebles, a WW2 veteran of the 503rd US Airborne forces in the Pacific. She deeply missed her partner. But carried on with grace and dignity. She was also predeceased by her sister Fleur Edyth Rawnsley “Pat” (Gordon Rawnsley) who was a joy to all who knew her.
Mother was born in Harrisburg Pennsylania and came to Toronto at 5 years of age. We traveled much of North America in a tent trailer and Mom was the planner, driver, navigator and historian.
Our mother had to leave school in Grade 11 to help support her family. After we had finished school she went back and completed Grade 13 without taking Grade 12. Then she Graduated from the Ontario College of Art and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Toronto. Earlier, working as an assistant to an established lawyer, she was offered the opportunity to attend Law School, paid for by the lawyer. It is a shame that the timing wasn't right. She has been the most intelligent person we have ever known. It was incredible to watch her answer every question on Jeopardy while ironing our clothes. She was never wrong. Okay, she missed some sports questions. Aside from being an accomplished artist, Mom was widely read and seemed to have encyclopedic knowledge. We always admired her competence and ability to remain calm as the world around her turned into chaos.
Mother had a grand Irish sense of humour: “Please don't cry because I've gone. Be happy that I was here. (Well Okay, maybe you should cry a little After all”)
Many thanks to the staff of Pioneer Elder Care for their tender care. A service will be held at a later date when all family can attend.
As a “furry friend” lover extraordinaire Mother would have liked any remembrance of her to be donated to the OSPCA. Laddie's spirit goes with her. We love you Mom.