July 27, 1917 – December 12, 2015


My mind still talks to you.

My heart still looks for you.

My soul knows you are at peace.

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother, Margaret Newick on December 12, 2015 at the age of 98.

Margaret is survived by her daughter Elsie Green (Murray) of Vernon, BC, grandchildren Kevin Green (Debbie), Stuart Green (Carmia), Teri Holt (Fred) all of Medicine Hat, AB, Robyn Payer (Gary) of Vernon, BC, daughter-in-law Pauline Newick and granddaughter Ruth and Family. Along with Margaret’s five grandchildren, she has 14 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Gavin Paterson and family of Salmon Arm, BC, sister-in-law Grace Paterson of Merritt, BC and sister-in-law Gwen Paterson of Burnaby, BC as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Bud in 1982 and son John in 1998, as well as six of her brothers and sisters.

Margaret emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1927 at the age of nine along with her mother, five brothers and two sisters. They sailed on the ship Melita, landing in Montreal. She remembers the whole family got seasick at the same time and it was quite an ordeal. The family then travelled by train to Salmon Arm to join their father who had purchased a farm for the family to live on.

In 1937 Margaret and Bud were married in Salmon Arm, BC and then moved to Kelowna. For the next 36 years Margaret worked in the Laurel Packing House. Following that, she worked in Newtons Grocery store for eight more years. Before Bud passed away, they were able to travel to the Maritime Provinces and to Hawaii plus many trips to Medicine Hat to visit with family. After retiring she started 5-pin bowling which she continued to do up until she was 93 in 2009. She will be greatly missed by all of her bowling family in Kelowna and Vernon. Her family has decided that each time we hear thunder we will say “Margaret just got a strike!” She was also an avid card player and crib player and she thoroughly enjoyed watching her sports channel with curling being her favourite. She loved to walk and logged many miles while in Kelowna.

In 2009 she moved to Orchard Valley Retirement Center where she continued her daily walks up until October 21, 2015, the day before her stroke. Her family nick named her “The Energizer Bunny” because she kept going and going and going! Unfortunately her batteries slowly weakened until, on December 12, 2015, they finally faded.

Margaret will be dearly missed by her Orchard Valley Family and her card playing pals. The staff and the residents were very kind and helpful towards her and she was treated very well.

Margaret’s family would like to thank Dr. LeRoux and all the wonderful nurses and staff of 3 West at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital who took exceptional care of her during her lengthy stay.

A Private family gathering will be held in the spring

to celebrate Margaret’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Margaret Newick to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5L2. Condolences may be sent to the family through (250) 860-7077.

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