Peggy (Dubeau) Vant-Robinson
Life and Work
Margaret “Peggy” Louise was born on April 27, 1941 to Maude and Raymond Dubeau. Peggy had an older sister, Rae, and a brother, Don and sister, Linda. Peggy was raised on a 20,000 acres ranch, 20 miles west of Medicine Hat. She took a Junior E education course at the University of Calgary. In 1960 Peggy was crowned Medicine Hat’s Stampede Queen. In the fall of that same year, Peggy taught grades 1-6 at Suffield, Alberta. Peggy became engaged to John Vant and he bought a place for them in Millet. The couple married on August 3, 1962 and had three children together: Jill, Margy Jo and Shawn.
Peggy is a pillar of the community and helps in any way she can. She sang with the United Church choir and with the Wetaskiwin Chorolaries. She has been involved in teaching Sunday school and assisting with Christmas concerts at the community hall. Linda Goin and Peggy created a figure skating group and even put on winter carnivals.
As an avid horse lover, Peggy along with her husband John were involved with the Millet Light Horse Club, where Peggy was the Secretary Treasurer for a number of years. The couple also helped build an arena in Millet for people to use. Peggy won the Alberta Ladies Cutting Horse Championship in 1972. Peggy worked with others to get a teacher to come to Millet to teach the children highland dance. When the curling rink opened Peggy became an active member. Unfortunately in April 1977, John passed away.
After John’s passing the girls became more involved in riding. A new group for young woman was started by the Tellim Woman’s Institute and Peggy became involved in the Handicraft Division. Peggy was the treasurer for the Quarter Horse Shows in Alberta from 1977-1982. The J-V Ranch Quarter Horse Show started in 1977 and was held in Peggy’s arena for 6 years. In 1980 Peggy met Bob Robinson, they dated for two years before marrying on December 3, 1982. Together, Bob and Peggy have 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Peggy makes all of them quilts when they graduate from high school or get married. Peggy joined the Millet Arts and Craft Guild and has been treasurer for many years and has taught many classes. She also helps at the Millet Museum sewing flags and garment bags and has recently accepted the position as the Millet and District Historical Society Treasurer.
Peggy is an inspiration to the community and her contributions to Millet and surrounding area have not gone unnoticed. The Millet Museum is excited to honor this spectacular woman.