Margaret passed away on January 5, 2008 at Victoria General Hospital with her loving husband, Stephen, by her side. She is survived by her husband, Stephen; her daughter, Jennifer (Steven), and her grandchildren Derek, Chelsea, and Brenden. Margaret also leaves behind her “favourite” sister Edith Miller of Dawson Creek, B.C., her younger brother Edward (Mary Ann) of Qualicum Beach,
her special life long friend, Mien of Duncan, B.C., and many other extended family members residing in B.C., the U.S., and Ireland. She was predeceased by her parents William Henry and Mary Lamont Thompson, and her brothers William Henry (2003) and John (2004).
As the first born child of her pioneering parents, Margaret was raised on the family farm in Steveston, B.C., along with her four siblings. She received her schooling in Richmond, and in her early years, she worked on the canning line at the Steveston Fish Processing Plant.
After travelling abroad and spending time in Ireland, Margaret earned her L.P.N. Certificate in 1955. Following her graduation, she worked in numerous hospitals in B.C. and Alberta. For a time she also engaged in private nursing practice, and had the privilege to have been the
nurse to the grandchildren of two national lumber magnates / philanthropists, namely H.R. McMillan and Walter Koerner. Margaret was a kind, gentle, and compassionate lady with a great love for all humankind.
She had a particular love of animals and spent many happy years caring for her lambs, donkeys, goats, and chickens at the farms on Salt Spring Island and in Duncan, B.C. More recently, Margaret and her husband Stephen enjoyed living in Fraser Lake, B.C., where they met many new friends, spent time at their lakeside cabin, and also with their daughter Jennifer and her family in Vanderhoof, B.C. In 2003, they returned to Crofton, B.C. and once
again, enjoyed a quiet but happy life together in their new home. The family wishes to thank all of the caring medical professionals who contributed their expertise and time during our time of need. Special thanks to all of our family and friends who offered support during this diffi cult time, especially Jennifer’s family in Vanderhoof and
John and Maryann Little of Sidney, B.C. At Margaret’s wish, we will have a simple cremation and spreading of the remains at a special place for Margaret in the spring. Anyone so moved may make a donation to a charity
of choice in Margaret’s name. “Thank you Margaret, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing the past 50 exciting and wonderful years. The time has been too short. Love Stephen”.