June 18, 1928 – March 20, 2021
Liverpool, England June 18th, 1928 Campbell River, B.C. March 20th, 2021
It is with great sadness that I have to announce that my dear sweet mother Margaret Patterson of Campbell River has passed away suddenly in hospital.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband Andy and brothers George, Arthur and Edward.
She left school at the early age of 14 and worked in many factories making biscuits and candy.
She met the love of her life Andy when he came knocking on her mother’s door looking for distant relatives in Liverpool in 1956. Andy was born in Vancouver and was stationed in the Air Force overseas as a photographer at the time.
They met each other in the fall and in my mother’s words he became smitten with her.
He came back in the spring to ask for her hand.
They were married a few months later and moved to France for a year and lived in a caravan.
The Air Force transferred them to Canada. Margaret’s mother had been widowed early on in life and rather than leave her behind she came over on a ship with them and emigrated to Canada.
They lived together in Quebec where their only daughter Anne was born.
7 years later Andy got transferred to Comox Air Force Base so they loaded up the Volkswagen Bug and drove from Quebec to B.C. and settled in Courtenay.
When Andy retired they moved to Campbell River and opened up Photographic Services Studio on Evergreen Road which they ran together for 20 years.
Margaret’s mother passed away in 1982.
The house got too much for them and they moved to The Ken Forde apartment building on Larwood.
Andy passed away from the early onset of Alzheimer’s in 1997.
Margaret went on to enjoy living in her wonderful two-bedroom apartment. She made many fantastic true friends over the years. Polite, well mannered and very British is how my dear mother will always be remembered. She was always more concerned about other people and how they were doing than worrying about herself.
She knew so many people in Campbell River and could never go anywhere without seeing someone she knew.
Her daughter Anne moved to The Netherlands in 1997 and she went over to visit her and to England to visit her own family many times over the years.
Margaret leaves behind her daughter Anne (Mark), grandchildren Rachel ( great-grandchildren Aiden and Grayson ), Ashley and Jacqueline.
Nieces, nephews, wonderful friends in England and many cherished friends in Campbell River.
She will be sadly missed by everyone in her apartment building.
Mom never wanted to leave her apartment which she had called home for 26 years and in the end she got her wish.
Margaret’s family extend their thanks to the wonderful care from Dr. Proctor who over the years helped manage Margaret’s extreme back pain, the Campbell River South Team of amazing nurses and care aides who helped her make it through the day in her later years, the Handy Dart personnel who always looked after her so well on her many trips to Walmart and to the wonderful nursing staff of Campbell River Hospital.
No service will be held. A card would be appreciated if you have time.
Margaret would like to be remembered for always having a good laugh, a kind word and loving her tea. Nectar of the gods she would call her first cup of tea of the day.
Correspondence: Anne Kipping 307-142 Larwood Road, Campbell River, B.C. V9W 1S2Obituary
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