Vale Peggy Creed - 15/7/1927 – 9/8/2019

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Vale Peggy Creed - 15/7/1927 – 9/8/2019
Peggy Creed passed away on August 9.

Lifelong member of St Matthew’s Church faithful, Peggy Creed, has passed away at the age of 92.

Born at Mangalore as the youngest of six children to Alice and Walter Brown, Peggy – whose birth certificate reads ‘Christiania Margaret Peggy Brown’ – was baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Pontville. The church building burnt down the following year, making her one of the last people to be able to claim a physical connection to the old church. That church would remain important to Peggy for the whole of her life.

Her penchant for volunteering began early. At age 15 she began cleaning the church. Other ministries she undertook included flower arranging, opening the church for functions and serving on the parish pastoral council.

After finishing her schooling in Mangalore, Peggy returned to teach sewing to younger students on a voluntary basis, before going on to work as a seamstress.

At age 19, she married Joseph Creed at Sacred Heart Church in New Town and over the years became parents to three sons: Paul, Bernard and Rodney. Joseph passed away in 1989.

In addition to sewing, Peggy ran the local school canteen, worked at a Claremont newsagency and as a cook at Wybra Hall.

She was still a member of the Bridgewater-Brighton Parish’s finance committee at age 90.

However, her favourite ministry was helping to establish and then serve on the committee of the Pontville Catholic General Cemetery since the mid-1980’s. She became manager of the cemetery in 2000 and only retired from the role in 2010.

A good knitter, she spent significant time in later years making bears for hospitalised children.

Peggy passed away on August 9.

Her funeral was held at her beloved St Matthew’s Church on August 15.

Interviewed in 2017 about her connection to her parish, Peggy said that it was faith which has been the driving force behind her many acts of service.

“I feel that God is with me all the time. I just sort of treat Him as though He is part of the family; and what I do, I do for Him.”