Gordon, Marguerite Elizabeth
January 16, 1926 – April 3, 2014
Our dear mother, sister, grandma and friend left us peacefully at the age of 88 in Fernie, BC, her home of 60 years. Marguerite was born in Calgary to Kenneth and Edith McLellan.
She spent much of her life as a caregiver, beginning at the age of 13, when her mother died and she assumed the responsibility of raising her 6 year old twin sisters, and she continued caregiving throughout her life. After her son Rob was severely brain injured in a senseless accident in 1993, and her husband Bob was admitted to the Tom Uphill Memorial nursing home, Marguerite spent her most of her time regularly visiting them and others in the hospital and home, till Rob passed away in 1998 and Bob in 2000.
Marguerite’s faith and church communities were very important to her. She spent many years singing in the choir and as a leader, both for a church youth group, and at the Rock Lake summer camp. These were some of the happiest times of her life. She appreciated the simple things in life: friends and family, singing, dancing, flowers, birds, and children. She loved Fernie and she loved people. She will be sadly missed for her warm and generous spirit.
Marguerite was pre-deceased by her parents; son, Rob; husband, Bob; step-daughter, Lois; sisters, Betty and Jean; and brother, Stan. She is survived by her loving family and many friends: daughters, Laurel Gordon (Pat O’Gorman) and Beth Sangara (Dave) of Victoria, BC; step-daughter, Sandra Winsor (Les) of Mount Pearl, Nfld; brother, Doug McLellan (Shirley); sister in-law Virginia of Vancouver, BC; and grandson’s mother, Phyllis Bauer; grandchildren, Travis (Rebecca) Bauer, Rachel (Darian Speed), Derek Anderson, Jeevenn Sangara and Stephen Winsor; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Wylder Bauer, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to acknowledge Marguerite’s dear friends, Valerie Hellewell, Fern Froese and family and Ben and Lisa Odermatt, who have shown extraordinary kindness and support to her throughout the years. Thanks also to the wonderful staff at the Rocky Mountain Village, where Marguerite spent the last years of her life, and to Dr. Geddes who has provided her with excellent care.
A service to celebrate Marguerite’s life was held at the Cherished Memories “Serenity Chapel” in Fernie on Monday, April 7th with internment at St. Margaret’s Cemetery and a reception following at the Park Place Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory, to the BC Brain Injury Association or the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be gratefully appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.