September 15, 1922 – July 12, 2020
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Edna “Williams” Schweitzer, on July 12, 2020, at Hospice House in Vernon, BC. Margaret was born September 15, 1922 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan to parents Thomas and Mary Williams. She was two years old when her mother died and was raised by her father and older sisters on the homestead in Pennant, Saskatchewan.
After graduating high school in 1940, she moved to Regina where she met and married Henry “Hank” Schweitzer June 18, 1942. They headed to British Columbia in 1943 and lived in various communities settling in New Westminster where both sons Dale (1944) and Wayne (1949) were born.
In 1960, they moved to Balfour, British Columbia, where they purchased the Rainbow Resort on Kootenay Lake which they owned until 1965. In 1982 they moved into Nelson and travelled to Great Britain, took a Caribbean cruise, and bought a motorhome for some touring.
They finally settled in Vernon in 1990 for their “Golden Years” where they really enjoyed living. Margaret moved into Canterbury Court in Vernon in 2019 where she made friends very quickly.
Marg lived a very active life and enjoyed dancing, golfing, bowling, gardening, doing her daily crossword puzzles, reading, and playing cards with her family, she was also a skilled crafter.
She was predeceased by her husband Hank in 2008 and her son Dale in 1999. She will be sadly missed by her son Wayne (Kay) of New Denver, British Columbia V0G 1S1, her grandson Robert (Shelley) and great grandson Ethan (Kamloops), and her grandson Richard and great grandson Tyler (Edmonton).
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who have kept in close touch with her over the years. She will also be missed by her half-brother William “Jack” McDougall of Burlington, Ontario.
Margaret was cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest next to Hank in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Vernon.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when gathering in person is again possible. You are invited to read the more detailed version of this obituary and leave a personal message of condolence for the family online at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com.
The family would like to thank the Nexus volunteers and the “Good Morning” callers that she was so fond of, and the staff at both the Canterbury Court and Hospice House who took good care of her in her final days. A special thank you to all her close friends in Vernon that treated her so well.
Margaret had many favourite charities, so in lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Ave. Vernon BC V1T 1S4; the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5L2; the Vernon SPCA, 4800 Haney Rd, Vernon, BC V1H 1P6, or the charity of your choice.
Margaret was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, auntie, and dear friend to many. She had a great big heart and had a way of making everyone she touched feel special with her thoughtfulness. She left many happy memories that will be cherished forever by those who loved her dearly. May she rest in peace!
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