Marjorie passed away peacefully in Royal Inland Hospital on Saturday morning, following a brief illness. She is survived by her three sons Cliff (Barbara), and Russ (Angi) of Kamloops, and Steve (Nancy) of Vernon, as well as grandchildren Ted (Aldéa), Laura (Shaun), Ryan, Lindsay(Dave) and Monique (Doug).
Born the fifth of six children of North Shuswap pioneers Charles and Mildred Blake, Madge grew up on the family farm at Magna Bay. She graduated from Kamloops High School and worked in family service in Kamloops and Victoria in preparation for entering nurses’ training. In 1941, she married Stan Noakes, and they settled on their own farm in the Magna Bay area. In 1946, with their first child, they moved to the Cariboo so Dad could take a job with the BC Forest Service on Quesnel Lake. With the Forest Service the family (now with two children) moved between Quesnel Lake, Williams Lake and the Forest Ranger School in Whalley, BC several times between 1947 and 1950. The family finally moved to Kamloops in 1950, where son number three was born.
She set herself the formidable task of trying to raise three active sons, encouraging them in academic achievement, music and sports participation.
In 1974, the couple retired to their beloved Magna Bay, building a home on the lake where Mom delighted in watching wildlife and waterfowl. Both she and Dad were founding members of the North Shuswap Historical Society.
Recently, Mom has resided at The Hamlets in Westsyde, where she enjoyed the company of many friends and the dedicated care of the staff, and where she was much appreciated for her quiet ways and her sense of humour.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers at The Hamlets, the paramedics of the BC Ambulance Service, and the medical staff of the Emergency ward and 3-South who provided Mom with the best of care on her many visits there.
A Memorial Service for Mom will be held on Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm at the Anglemont Seniors Centre, 7703 Squilax –Anglemont Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marjorie’s name may be made to the North Shuswap First Responders, Box 202, Celista, BC V0E 1L0.