passed away peacefully on January 6, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Alex McDowall. She raised her six boys in Vancouver: Allan (aka Sandy), Dan (Christina), Wally, Ron (Cory), David and Donald (deceased) Smith. She is predeceased by her brother Wally Brown and her sister Ellen Cawthra (Grant). She is survived by her sisters Mary Girard (Bill, deceased) and Jean Fanning (Paul, deceased), her grandchildren Chris (Stephanie), Trevor, Samantha, Ronald Jr., Challayne (Rob), Braden, many nieces and nephews, and great-grandchildren Tia and Clayton, Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law Bette and Mag Soglo and many nieces and nephews. She was many things to many people: a wife, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a nurturing sister and a best friend.
Margaret was born September 11, 1929 in Vancouver, BC to Edward Thomas Brown of Three Forks, BC and Jean Belle Brown (Roxburgh) of Vancouver. She attended St. Patrick’s. As a young woman she undertook and embraced the role of raising her siblings. Margaret pitched softball in her youth and was the President of the Kitsilano Little League when her sons played baseball. She worked in dietary services at both Vancouver General and Holy Family Hospitals. She loved to travel with her husband to Hawaii, Reno, Lake Tahoe and many trips in the car around BC. She spent a lot of time at the beach in Kitsilano and Nanoose Bay, her home for the last 20 years, and looking after her grandchildren. A special thanks is extended to the staff at Trillium Lodge and Dr. Carey Sulz.
A celebration of life is planned for the spring of 2012 and donations to the Alzheimer’s Society in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.