At Noric House, , Marg passed away peacefully with her children at her side.
Margaret was born into an Irish Canadian family in Toronto. She was the eldest girl in
a family of 11 siblings. Very early in her life, Margaret assumed the roles of caregiver
to her ailing Mother, confi dante to her siblings and a peacemaker in the family.
Prior to the war, she worked for Simpson Sears and in her great Aunt’s millinery store
where she became an expert seamstress. She was very proud of her skills which she
developed working in a war plant testing gun sights. Simpson Sears would sponsor
weekly Dances for Army, Navy and Airforce personnel stationed near Toronto.
Marg met Leading Aircraftsman WaIter “Red” Wills at one of these dances and they
were married August 7th, 1945. Upon Walter’s discharge from the RCAF, Margaret, a
“war bride” from the East, accompanied Walter to his hometown of Vernon. Margaret
soon began working at the family store at Kal Lake, while helping Walt to build a family
home on West Kal Road. Soon after her children, David and Joanne arrived, Marg
began working at Simpson Sears in Vernon. She also worked at her sister-in-Iaw’s
dress shop, “MargWills'” for a number of years. Marg involved herself in community
services, helping with Cancer fund raising, and Terry Fox Runs. She developed many
lifelong friendships as a member of the United Church Women’s Circle.
She opened her home to Army Cadet visitors in the summers and she worked with
Brownies and Girl Guide groups.
For many years Marg participated in local bowling leagues. She also learned to
appreciate golf with WaIter, complementing her earlier years as a tennis player and
Margaret dedicated her life to her marriage and to her family. She was eternally optimistic
and faithful to the belief that loving acts would prevail. Predeceased by WaIter
in 1996, Margaret is survived and lovingly remembered by her children David (Tahsis)
and Joanne and Brian Lissa (Chetwynd). Her sisters Mildred and Ruth (Toronto) mourn
her passing. Margarets’ s granddaughters Amy (Grand Prairie), Heather and Amon
Hazlehurst (Vernon), Cait and Adrian (Edmonton), as well as great grandchildren
Grayson and Severn (Edmonton) will miss Granny’s smile and reassurances that “this
too shall pass.” Margaret’s grandsons Ian (Sardis), Gordon (Sardis) and Sean (Calgary)
shall cherish their times with Grannie. Margaret’s Nieces, Jacquie (Vernon) and Maureen
and John (Coldstream) and her nephew Rod and Lorrie (Coldstream) were very
loving and supportive during Marg’s last years at the family home on Kal Lake.
Services to celebrate Margaret Wills’ life will be held on Thursday, August 28th, 2008
at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
A reception will follow in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room.Flowers are gratefully declined.
Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Margaret
may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C.,#202,3402-27th Avenue,
Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S1.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home
August 22, 2008