Margaret McNair

Margaret McNair

1916-2006

Our beloved Mum, Margaret Gertrude McNair (née McKenzie) died Thursday morning, February 23 surrounded by her loving family, two weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday. Born in Vancouver, she attended the University of British Columbia (B.A. 1938) and married Frank in 1945. They moved from Burnaby to Kelowna in 1962. Throughout her life (like her parents), Margaret was keenly concerned about social justice, and was a loving partner to Frank in his efforts to create a community that cares for and includes people with mental illness. She was instrumental in the establishment of co-operative preschools, and served School District #23 as trustee 1969-74 and School Board chair 1973-74. She was very active in the Student Christian Movement, in Naramata Centre, and in the United Church of Canada. She assisted with the establishment of Kelowna’s crisis line, and was active with Hospice, the Kelowna Social Planning Council, and the University Women’s Club. She was also a great supporter of community arts and theatre. In 1977, she received the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Award for her outstanding contribution to Kelowna. But first and foremost in Margaret’s life, even as her health declined, came family; her devotion to us knew no bounds. Predeceased by Frank (2002) and their infant son Thomas George (1946). Survived by her children, Eleanor, Lorrie (Brian Jackson), Cathy (Paul Traunweiser), Don (Kari McNair), and Barb (Fraser Campbell), by her grandchildren, Geneviève, Graham, Gabrielle, McKenzie, Jacob, McGregor, and Zoë, and by her sister-in-law Mary (McNair) Gardner, Aunt Hilda Robbins, and many loved nieces and nephews. Her family expresses deep gratitude to Dr. Gail Plecash, to Shari Claremont, to the staff of Tender Loving Care Home Support, and to Lakeshore Place for the special concern shown by its family of residents and staff. A memorial service to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman will be held at 1:30pm, Tuesday, February 28 at First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, Rev. Dr. Lorna Hillian officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Central Okanagan Foundation, #217-1889 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5V5. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted with FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES, Kelowna, B.C.