It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Shirley Peake, late of Leask, SK on February 25th, 2023, at the age of 92 years. Shirley was born on March 18th, 1930, to Alan and Eva Mattock (nee Diehl) in the Marcelin District, SK. Shirley grew up in the Marcelin District her whole childhood, along with five brothers and two sisters. Shirley attended the Ottawa one-room school.
In November of 1952, Shirley married Leonard “Charlie” Peake of Leask, SK. Together they had four sons and one son from Charlie’s first marriage. They lived and worked on Charlie’s family farm, where they happily raised their family. Raising four little boys while helping to run the farm, Shirley was always busy. She raised a variety of chickens, always had a big garden, milk cows, and often checked for calves in the winter months at night, and she had commented to her daughter-in-law that she sometimes didn’t like doing the late-night checks because it seemed like something would always go wrong when she did. Eventually, Shirley and Charlie left the family farm in the hands of their sons and moved to town.
Shirley was actively involved with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #79 and became a lifetime Legion member. Shirley loved to go uptown for coffee and chats. Shirley also enjoyed the occasional bus trip to the Prince Albert Casino. Shirley and Charlie especially enjoyed spending as much time at their cabin at Emerald Lake, SK as they could, looking forward to hosting family and friends.
Shirley was very involved with her grandchildren and still helped on the farm from time to time. Shirley had eight grandchildren, including four in Australia, two in BC, and nine great-grandchildren. They kept in touch any way they could despite the distance. Facetime sessions in the later years brought her great joy. She was a doting and kind grandmother who loved to babysit. There were many, many, family gatherings with card games and happy memories to be had at grandma’s house. Her grandchildren remember that there were always chips and snacks at Grandma’s house, as well as the sight of Shirley reading a book by the kitchen window and watching the hummingbirds that she faithfully fed every summer.
Shirley’s last few years were spent at the Wheatland Lodge in Leask, SK where she met new friends, enjoyed the music, games, and bingo. Shirley was a very caring person, always happy to see company, and enjoyed life. We knew we couldn’t keep her here forever, but it is still very hard to say goodbye. Shirley will be missed very much.
Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her sons Ralph (Elaine) Peake, Allan Peake, Ronald (Gwen) Peake, Bruce (Kathy) Peake, & Boyd Peake; her grandchildren Brenton (Emma) Peake, Michael (Erin) Peake, Linelle Peake, Jodie Peake, Curtis Peake, Erin Peake, & Tara (Butch) Wellings; her great-grandchildren Melissa Baron, James Baron, Nyssa, Charlie Peake, Austin Peake, Ollie Peake, Leo Peake, Scottie Peake, & Vinnie King; her sister Betty (Trevor) Legge; & her sisters-in-law Dorothy Peake, Nellie Mattock, Myrtle Mattock, & Iona Mattock
A Funeral Service will be held for Shirley on Friday, March 10th, 2023, at 2 PM at the Leask Hall in Leask, SK. Condolences can be sent to the family on our website at www.mackenziechapel.ca. Arrangements in care of MacKenzie Chapel & Crematorium. Brian & Bev Stobbs, Mark Gyoerick - Mel Curle. 306.763.8488.