Oct 31, 1954 – May 11, 2016
It’s with a heavy heart we announce that Margaret has passed on to join her parents Kathleen Curran Carter (passed in 1998) and John Herbert Carter (2012). She leaves behind her loving sister, Tricia (Ronald) St. Pierre, niece Miriam Michelle “Mimi” and nephew, Jean- Maxime “Max”. She also leaves behind her dear friends Walter in Courtenay and Malcolm in Cumberland.
Margaret passed away a mere 2 weeks after being diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer. Margaret never came to know that she was gravely ill, and gracefully and peacefully slipped away without fear or anxiety. As with their mother and father, Tricia was able to provide palliative care in the family home. Margaret’s family wishes to thank the amazing care givers who ensured Margaret’s last days were as beautiful as possible; Nurse angels Shelia Nuez and Marg Salmon, Dr. Howard and the staff of the Comox Clinic, the team at The Medicine Shop in Comox, as well as Leslie, Julie, Beatrix, and numerous loving friends.
Margaret was born in Port Alberni and raised in Connecticut. She and her mother returned to Vancouver Island in 1984, and Margaret was thrilled to move to the Valley in 1993 to be closer to her sister and extended family. She quickly established herself in the town of Comox, and truly cherished the community and fellowship she found at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Over the years, Margaret had the joy of living with the Robertson family, Bernard and Marilyn Usher, and most recently with Leslie Brundage and Mary in Cumberland. Margaret first attended Options Day Activity program and then Satori Lifestyle Resources Center for the past few years, where she met even more wonderful people.
Margaret gave new definition to the term “extraverted extravert”. The Valley proved a safe place for her to roam freely, enjoying the kindness and camaraderie of the many friends she made everywhere. Whether she was dancing at a Special Olympics dinner, setting tables at Locals Restaurant, Christmas shopping on Comox or Dunsmuir Avenue, visiting every store in the Comox Mall or exploring the vast cornucopia of Value Village, Margaret was a ray of sunshine and loved connecting with everyone she encountered. Her story telling was legendary and there was never a boring moment when in her company. Margaret’s Halloween Birthdays were always a grand affair, and her 60th Birthday in Mexico with Tricia and Ronald was an absolute dream come true.
In the spirit of connectivity that Margaret so valued, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a fund to purchase a Smart TV for Margaret’s co-workers. This will improve their technology and allow the clients to access self-advocacy educational videos available online, as well as varied media options and entertainment. Donations may be made at Satori Lifestyles Resource Center, 241 Puntledge Road, Courtenay, BC, V9N 3P9, care of Julie Towers.
A traditional service will be held May 24th at 2pm at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox. A tea in the church hall following the service will provide an opportunity to share and reminisce, as everyone has a story to share about Margaret.