Margaret Skelcher (May 8th, 1928-Feb. 26th, 2020)
Margaret also known as Margie or Meg (by her Mom, Lois Haggen, and sister, Win Mather), Bill (by her Dad, Rupert Haggen, who thought she should have been a boy), Mom (by her 4 children Dan (Louise), Ann (Herb), Nancy, Bill (Ann), Nana (by her grandchildren Kevin (Cathy), Dani Craig (Dane), Hayley (Scott), Jake (Courtney), and Sam (Hayley). She was also proud to be called Great-Grandma by Domenic, Molly, Hugo, and Sophie. As well, we can’t forget to mention her feline companions Katie O’Brian and Willy – who will deeply miss her.
Margaret was born in Vancouver in 1928. Her family lived a bit of a nomadic life through the depression and WW II, living in Nelson, Trail, and Rossland, where she graduated from high school. She met and married Bill in Vancouver in 1951 - after meeting on a blind date. They later moved from post-war housing in the east-end to the Highlands in North Vancouver, and Fishermen’s Cove in West Vancouver until settling in Sechelt in 1980 after their retirement. Margaret and Bill also enjoyed snow-birding in the winters and other travels. Margaret loved painting, playing bridge weekly with her amazing bridge group of many years, golf, needlework and quilting and her lovely garden attended in the last few years by friend, Barb Wold. Her parents were both members of the Legislature holding seats for the CCF. Margaret held strong political views throughout her life and was a strong advocate and supporter of the NDP, for World Wildlife Foundation and for Parkinsons Canada.
In addition to her in-home work, Margaret was a bookkeeper both at home and later for a large North Van car dealership, as well as a bank manager in West Van.
We are so grateful, as was she, for some angels in her life from Home Care Services, Karen Macdonald, Dr. Resnick, who supported her (above and beyond), to spend her last months at home, and her friend and one-of the-family, Lonnie Wilson. Words don’t express the kind of care and compassion she received in the past few months. Suffice it to say that when you walked through the door with your treats, tops chosen just for her, your hair done in a certain way just for her, your kind words and acts of care, you were met with such wide, bright, and warm smiles. Margaret was a force in this world and leaves incredible emptiness in the hearts and lives of all who loved her.
Fly now, Mom.
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