July 29, 1914 to March 6, 2002
Marge was born in Victoria, B.C., lived most of her eighty seven years in her beloved Ladysmith and passed away in the presence of her family after a brief fight with cancer at Arranglen Lodge in Qualicum Bay where she had been a resident for the last two years. She will be missed by her loving family, including her sons Frederick (wife, Maimee) of Courtenay and Jim (wife, Ann) of Trenton, Ontario. Other family members include 6 grandchildren: Doug, Dawne, Brenda, Jim, Michael and Matthew, 9 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Ruby of Oceanside, California, sister Florrie and brother Bill of Victoria and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marge was active socially in Ladysmith in her younger years. She was a long time member of the Ladysmith Native Daughters and the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary. She had many life long friends who celebrated birthdays together. Marge was a homemaker who stayed at home until her family was grown, then worked at such places as Manana Lodge and the Nanaimo golf course.
Marge lived on the hillside in Ladysmith for almost sixty years, first on Symonds Street and then in her new home on Second Avenue. In 1999 after her husband, Fred, passed on, Marge lived at Pilgrim Lodge. She moved to Arranglen Lodge at Qualicum Bay to be nearer to her family in May of 2000. Marge was extremely happy in her home at Arranglen and loved the people and activities at the Lodge, sometimes acting as one of the staff because she like to be kept busy. Arranglen staff members remember Marge for her sense of humour, for her observant nature and for her interest and concern for their well being.
Marge’s family are particularly grateful for the “tender loving care” Arranglen staff showed Marge all the time, but most particularly in her final days.
A celebration of Marge’s life was held at the home of her son, Fred, on Saturday, March 9 in Royston. In lieu of flowers donations in Marge’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at any local branch.