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Acclaimed artist dies in 107th year


Paula Hulburt

Internationally renowned Marlborough artist Peg Moorhouse has died at her family's farm in her 107th year.

The inaugural recipient of Marlborough’s Living Cultural Treasures award in 2012, Kathleen Margaret Moorhouse, affectionately known as Peg, passed away on Friday.

The Sunshine Bay resident died surrounded by the family she loved so much.

An acclaimed and talented weaver, Peg was born in 1917 near Ashburton.

She grew up in Christchurch with her cousin, the painter and potter Margaret Anderson at Risingholme, a grand old house later gifted to the city.

Maintaining her independence, Peg lived alone in the Waikawa Bay home she bought with her late husband but was assisted by a carer who visited twice a day.

Speaking to the Marlborough App on her 102nd birthday in 2019, the talented artist said she hadn’t smoked or drunk alcohol in decades.

But she said the secret to her longevity was a mystery to her.

“I’m not quite sure how I’ve done it. I never expected to still be here.

“I just got up and got on with it, you can’t dwell on the bad times. I’ve had a full life and I’m grateful for it.”

Peg was married to former swimmer Len Moorhouse who died at the age of 66 years old.  The couple had four children.

In accordance with Peg's wishes, a private family service has been held.

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