Margaret Wills

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

speed skater.

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

250-542-4333

Wills

Margaret Isobel

January 28,1920

August 22, 2008


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