Margaret was born and raised in Fernie. The eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs J.W. (John) Bella, her chosen career was in the field of nursing. She obtained her degree at Holy Cross School of Nursing in Calgary, Alta.
When WWII broke out she joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was posted in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Later on, she was transferred to Victoria where she remained until her retirement.
In 2005 she returned to Fernie and now resides at the Rocky Mountain Village.
She celebrated her 100th birthday on April 7, 2015.