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Rosemary Peggy Stephens

Also known as: Peggy.

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Peggy loved the sea, and always supported the RNLI. She was one of the first people in the UK to receive an operation that saved her life in her late twenties - which now many people know as a colostomy. This meant that she was not always comfortable in water, but this did not stop her loving the sea, rivers and lakes. She memorably, and without fear, went for a turbulent journey in a small canoe in the mouth of the Volta River in Ghana, and went in the sea whenever it was warm and calm.

After retirement, Peggy and Vince moved to Halesworth, a short drive from Southwold in Suffolk, where they loved to go for walks along the beach and pier. She was a very keen gardener and for the last years of her life worked tirelessly in their beautiful garden. They loved watching the garden from their conservatory.

Peggy died after a severe stroke aged 76 on the 18th of July 2008, a few weeks before her 50th wedding anniversary with Vince. We miss her every day, but her garden reminds us of her wonderful talent and her amazing courage with her longterm illness.

Added by: Carolyn Stephens on 17 July 2009.

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