Margaret Alice Drake (Jaques) Godsoe
On May 16, 2021, a loving and generous heart stopped beating at the Saint John Regional Hospital due to complications from metastasized breast cancer.
Born in Campbellton, N.B. on Feb. 5, 1943, Peggy was the daughter of the late William and Barbara (Poole) Jaques of Dalhousie, N.B. She is survived by her husband Arnold, her sister Iris (David) Cosh of Kingsburg, N.S. and her brother Tim of Campbellton, N.B. as well as several nephews and nieces, of whom she was very fond.
She was predeceased by her parents, and by her brother William (Lorraine) of Cape Breton Island.
She grew up in Dalhousie and after graduation, became a teacher. On May 27, 1967, she married Arnold at Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton.
They moved to Montreal soon after, where she taught school in the Anglophone system until her retirement. She was known for her commitment to her students, particularly those who needed extra encouragement.
She and Arnold led an active life in the big city with many friends and acquaintances, and their large Christmas parties were legendary.
They returned to New Brunswick after her retirement to live in Campbellton, and later, Fredericton.
Peggy kept wide-spread family and friends in contact, including friends she first met in elementary school. She knew everyone’s birthday and wedding anniversary, and was famous for sending cards on all occasions, usually with a kind and encouraging note included.
She looked forward to gatherings of family and old friends. In recent years she enjoyed spending time in Nova Scotia at the home of her niece, Dr. Sarah Cosh, along with her nephew Ian Cosh and brother Tim.
Beside her love of books, from her mother she inherited her compassion for animals. She and Arnold kept many cats and dogs over the years. The most recent is Horus, her adored Sphynx cat, who will miss Peggy as much as the rest of us.
A great void has been left in our lives as a result of her death which will never be filled. As her nephew Ian said, "She made the world fun and magical for us as children, and she kept it that way throughout her life."
Celebration of Peggy’s life is on hold until pandemic restrictions ease. Donations are encouraged to charities in her memory, such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Children Believe, or your local chapter of the SPCA.