Margaret, an unforgettable woman, passed away peacefully on September 9, 2014 in Chemainus, BC. She is survived by her sister Helen (Stan) Armstrong of Vancouver and many nieces and nephews, all across Canada. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Jim Tallis of Borden SK.
Margaret came from Russell, Manitoba, the youngest of eight born to Stewart and Lizzie McLennan. She was spoiled by her 4 older sisters and 3 older brothers and some might say with her modern ideas and free spirit, she was the first of the “new” generation. She was smart and cocky and a real go getter, that is for sure. She married her airman, Jim and together they swathed a path of adventure and friendship across western Canada, based in Fort Smith, NWT and Calgary, AB, where Jim flew planes and choppers for corporations while Margaret coddled a string of beautiful cocker spaniels from Judy, through Jenny. Margaret was particular about her purses and her sweaters. She was a charter member of The Young and the Restless. She knew what she liked. Eventually, the island beckon them and in the seventies they moved to Sidney, BC so Jim could sail, and eventually up island to Timberlands, to be close to the Nanaimo airport for Jim’s work. When she lost Jim, Margaret moved to Ladysmith and continued her spunky journey. She was lively until her final days and will be remembered by her family, Jim’s family, her friends, and her acquaintances as a quick witted and one-of-a-kind lady. Her laughter and opinionated grit will be remembered with great love and humour, as long as we walk.
Margaret and Jim have been interred in the Tallis family plot in Borden. As always, visitors welcome.