September 15, 1920 – March 25, 2013
The family of Margaret Hamilton sadly said good-bye to our lovely Mom and Nana early on March 25, 2013. Margaret was born in Fernie, BC, 92 years ago and proudly spent nearly her entire life there. She was the eleventh child of Patrick and Eliza Hughes, one of Fernie’s original families. Margaret attended the Catholic School in Fernie, completed a business course after high school and spent the war years in Dawson City and Whitehorse, Yukon. When she returned, she began working in the medical office of Doctors East, Leroux and McRitchie, where she was invaluable to them and their patients. In 1953, she met the love of her life, Lloyd Hamilton. They married soon after and together raised five children.
Margaret was the centre of our family, a wonderful mom, nana, sister and auntie. She was a marvelous hostess and welcomed our many aunts, uncles and cousins graciously and joyfully. Our door was always open and our home was a constant gathering place for friends and family. She was a woman of unwavering faith, a lifelong member of the CWL and a devout member of Holy Family Parish. Margaret is survived by her children, Moric Ruelle, Lisa (Alan) Westhaver, Colin, Gavin (Wendi), Kathleen (Joe) Hamilton-DeGrood; her grandchildren, Shawn (Melissa) Ruelle, Chris Ruelle (Deanna), Aimee Ruelle, Devin (Meredith) Ruelle, Rae, Heather (Sam) Heine, Robin Westhaver (Colin), Garrett, Brayden and Theresa Westhaver; and her great-grandchildren, Dylan, Liam and Breannah. She is also survived by her sister Sheila Webster, sister-in-law Doreen Hughes, and her many nieces and nephews (to whom she was Auntie Momo, Auntie Marty, or Auntie Margaret depending on their age). Margaret is predeceased by her husband, Lloyd; her parents, Patrick and Eliza; her sisters and brothers, Kay (Tom), Mary (Ivan), Nancy (Howard), Ellen (Edward), Frank (Irene), Jim (Lil), John, Henry, Thomas, Colleen, Mildred (Mel), Terry (Colleen); and her son-in-law, Lorne Ruelle. Margaret will continue in our minds and hearts, always. We will miss you, Mom, Nana. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.