April 18, 1942 – June 30, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Aleen Ford announces her passing at the age of 78. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 47 years, Calvin, her sons Michael (Lindsay) and Murray (Adelle), her sister Anna Denton (Ron), her brothers Everett, John (Lynda) and Ron, her precious grandchildren, Ella-James and Lleyton and step grandchildren Savana and Tristan. Aleen also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends, including the Stewed Hens and the Canasta Queens. She was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Joy McPhee, and her brother Walter.
Aleen was born in Vancouver, BC and spent her childhood years in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She graduated from the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. As an RN, Aleen worked as a member of the V.O.N. in New Brunswick, and as a public health nurse in Dawson Creek and Enderby, where she spent the bulk of her career. She started the home care program in this region and continued to work long after “retirement”. Aleen was a dedicated, well loved, respected nurse who often went above and beyond for her clients.
Aleen was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was the most amazing, supportive, understanding mother two sons could ever ask for: the queen unequivocally nailed it! She could be counted on to drop everything to help someone in need. Aleen was very kind, generous and caring. She loved spending time outdoors: hiking, skiing, swimming, golfing and relaxing with friends and family at the lake. In her younger days, Aleen was a basketball star and a proud member of “Mark’s Mothers” in her later years. Her annual hiking trips with the “Hens” were a highlight. She had many colourful stories to share about their adventures! Aleen had many nicknames, including “MacGyver”, “Wonder Woman”, “Grandma Canada” and “the Queen”.
Aleen was a truly amazing woman. She has touched many people throughout her life and is leaving a big void in all of our lives. We will miss her dearly.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hayward, the staff at Creekside Landing and the staff and volunteers at Hospice for their care during Aleen’s illness.
As per Aleen’s request, there will be no formal funeral service at this time. Donations can be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society in memory of Aleen.Obituary
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