Peggy Ann Van Laeken
1941 - 2019
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April 30, 1941 ˜ December 20,

Peggy Van Laeken was born on April 30, 1941 in Camas, Washington and passed away with her family by her side on December 20, 2019. She was the daughter of Dorothy and Leon Vander Molen.
Upon her graduation from Battle Ground High School in 1959, Peggy began her 32-year career at Nabisco in Portland, Oregon.
In 1961, she married Ron Van Laeken and together they had three children. They built their home on the family farm in Ridgefield, Washington where she enjoyed home decorating, gardening and quilting, as well as entertaining many Bunco parties, wedding receptions and holiday celebrations. Her family and friends were of utmost importance to her, and in recent years she kept in close contact via the telephone. She often enjoyed sharing stories of the good old days in Battle Ground, as well as her childhood memories spent in Japan during her father’s military tour. She took great joy in looking after her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was always available to spend time with them. In her words, ”It was a lot of fun.”
Married for 59 years, Peggy is survived by her husband, Ron; three children, Thomas (Bonnie), Jeff (Anne) and Deborah Lingo (Tony); six grandchildren, Angela, Brandi, Lisa, Crystal, Nick and Brandon; and five great-grandchildren, Aurora, Cyara, Laylah, Emily and Benjamin. Peggy is also survived by her sisters, Pat Weatherl and Donna Wharton; half-brother, Bill Betts; half-sister, Pam Betts Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of Peggy’s life on January 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St., Battle Ground, WA 98604.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 5, 2020.
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January 8, 2020
Ron and family, we are so sorry to hear that Peggy has passed away. Please know that you are in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Rick and Terri Masser
January 7, 2020
I worked with Peggy for many years at Nabisco and she was an absolute joy to work with .
Butch ( Leroy ) Pierce
January 6, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry Debbie, she will always be by your side, free from the earthly bounds.
Candy Power
January 5, 2020
Debbie, Rob and I are sending our deepest condolences and our hearts go out to you and your entire family. Your in my prayers . May your momma Rest In Peace.
Love you.
Carrie McElveny
January 5, 2020
Sincere condolences Tom, Bonnie and All family members. Love, Always and Forever in our hearts, Rick & Cheryl McCoy
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