June 22, 2013

Margaret Pearle Dales-Sanhueza

— June 16, 1953-June 21, 2013

The year 2013 has been a year of profound loss for the Sanhueza family. It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved wife, sister, mother and grandmother, Margaret Pearle Dales-Sanhueza. Her passing is a terrible loss for all those who knew her. After a decade-long battle with renal failure and cardiac disease, we find comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering and that she was received by some very special angels.

Until the end, she never complained and maintained a brave and cheerful outlook through countless dialysis treatments, hospitalizations and pain. She spent the final days of her life surrounded by her family and died at her home on June 21.

Margaret, known to her friends and family as Pegi, was born June 16, 1953, in Tampa, Fla. Pegi spent her youth on the beaches of Florida with her older sister, Jacqui, who cared for her until the very end.

Pegi traveled the world and met her husband, Rafael, while on an LDS social service mission in South America. After knowing each other for just one day, Pegi and Rafael were married for 34 years and had seven children.

Her love for her family and her faith in God will be her legacy. She made a very loving home for her family where humor, kindness and learning were celebrated. She was fun. She was funny. She taught her family to love life and instilled in her children a gratitude for every moment shared together. No phone call could end without “I love you,” and no quarrel among siblings could end without hugs and kisses. Pegi dedicated her life to helping others. Her loving spirit lives on in her children.

She is survived by her husband, Rafael Sanhueza; her sister, Jacqueline Moss; four sons and two daughters, Alejandro Rafael Sanhueza, Cris Isabella Sanhueza, José Francisco Sanhueza, Ginger Baker-Sanhueza, Pablo Sebastian Sanhueza and Max Sanhueza; mother-in-law, Lina B. Sanhueza; grandchildren, Addison Pearl-Elaine Sanhueza, Koelle Angelica Sanhueza and Hayden Stone Sanhueza; sister-in-law, America Udd; brothers-in-law, Patricio Sanhueza, Thomas Udd and Enrique Sanhueza; daughter-in-law, Shaiffu Sharma Sanhueza; son-in-law, Sam Baker; daughters-in-law, Maggie Sanhueza and Jessica Messina; son-in-law, Tyler Messina; daughter-in-law, Jessica Millsap; and nieces and nephews, Shawn Albertson, Jennifer Cole Chavis, Matthew Moss, Carolina Sanhueza, Andrés Sanhueza, Ivan Serrano, Tobias Udd, Railey Kay Chavis, Sterling Chavis, Lisa Brock Albertson and Alexis Mauro Pérez.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Jack and Evelyn Dales; her father-in-law, Rafael Sanhueza Sr.; a daughter, Angelica Sanhueza; and her son, Diego Sterling Sanhueza (who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year).

While no arrangements have been completed yet, a viewing will be held at Love Funeral Home (by Hamilton Medical Center) with a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dalton. Please call the funeral home for details, (706) 278-3313.

In the meantime, the family can be reached at sanhuezafamily@gmail.com and P.O. Box 885, Dalton, GA 30722.

Love Funeral Home (1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton) is in charge of arrangements.