Margaret Clair Willetts

Willetts – Margaret Clair was the youngest child of Maggie Holt (Johnson) and Ernest Holt. She was called the “runt of the litter”. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1992, parents Maggie and Ernest, as well as her sisters: Barbara and Anne, and brothers: Geoff and Gerald. She is survived by brother Ken (Dora) in Nanaimo, daughter Ruth in Courtenay, as well as her nephew, nieces, cousins and many friends. Margaret’s first teaching position was at Revelstoke High School from 1948-1951 and in 1952 she joined her sister Anne in England where she joined the Women’s Air Force. She met Walter who was in the R.A.F. and they were married in Biggleswade, England in 1953. Walter was sent to Cyprus and Margaret joined him there where daughter Ruth was born in 1955. The family returned to England in 1958 where Walter was sent to different airbases. In 1961 Margaret returned to teaching at a village school in Norfolk. In 1962 the family moved to Canada and Walter retired from the R.A.F. The family settled in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Margaret taught at Beaconsfield High School in Beaconsfield, Quebec from 1967 – 1981, there, she taught English, History and Geography. In her final year at Beaconsfield, she was a Crisis Intervention Counselor. The family moved to Courtenay in 1982 when Walter retired. Mum loved refinishing old furniture, arts and crafts and calligraphy. She also taught literacy in the community. She will be remembered for her wicked sense of humor, her compassion for others and her zest for life. After a long 12 year battle with Alzheimer’s, she is finally at peace. I would like to thank the staff at Cumberland Intermediate Care, Glacier View Lodge and St. Joseph’s Extended Care, Eagleview for all their love and compassion. I would also like to thank Dr. William Naaykens for always being there for both of us. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 2:00 pm at St. John The Divine Anglican Church, Courtenay. If so desired, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or to St. Joseph’s ECU would be appreciated. Piercy’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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