June 24 1920- May 26 2015
It is with deep sadness we announce that our Mom, Margaret Rose Fitzgerald passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 26 2015.
Predeceased by her husband Dennis, son Alexander and brother Ken Willis. Margaret leaves behind her two sisters Eileen Gibbs of Bella Coola, and Lilian Cliffe of Nanaimo, children Barry (Colleen) of Campbell River, Mike (Laurie), Myra (Jack) Barnes, Susan (Laurie) Pendergast and Wayne (Jenn) of Courtenay, 12 grandchildren, Brian, Jason (Carey), Ryan, Kari(Ben), Chad (Corey), Dustin (Shannon), Tristan (Carla), Livia (Marc), Nicole (Tyler), Jessica (Ryan), Rachel and Tyler, 17 great grandchildren, Austin, Kellie, Katie, Ayden, Solana, Carson, Lauryn, Claira, Peyton, Alyssa, Allie, Elise, Parker, Noelle, Lily, Penelope and Archer, and one great great granddaughter Areya, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Born in Sooke, Margaret came to the Comox Valley at the age of two where her childhood was spent on the Willis family farm located down Williams Beach Road. Mom had a lot of good times on the farm with her brother and sisters and the many life long friends she made growing up in Merville, memories she loved to share, and of course we loved to hear, (the good old days).
Married in 1946 Margaret and Dennis lived briefly on Quadra and Texada Islands before settling in Courtenay where they built the family home in 1954.
Family meant everything to Mom, a.k.a. “Cookie Granny’’. She was a very good listener and spent many an hour as a sounding board to family and close friends never losing her quick wit, sense of humour and ability to mentor. Mom loved knitting, especially for all the new grandchildren, and her passion for gardening, for which she had an amazing green thumb, continued right into her 95th year.
Margaret also enjoyed her time spent volunteering at the Evergreen Seniors Center reconnecting with old childhood friends as well as making new ones.The family would like to thank the caring staff of Courtenay Medical Associates especially Dr. Reggler, Dr. Blacklock and Nurse Susan. Also a big thank you to the wonderful home care workers for all their support and lastly to St. Joseph’s Nurse Vern a very heartfelt family thank you. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held June 14th at 2pm at the family home, 2878 Cumberland Rd.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Children’s Variety Club would be greatly appreciated.