Margaret AUSTIN

Margaret AUSTIN

July 17, 1920 – April 27, 2017

Margaret Austin (nee Hooper) died on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at Qualicum Manor at the age of 96 after a long walk with vascular dementia.

She is survived by daughter, Margaret Sloat; son-in-law, Chester Marshall; grandchildren, Drew, Becky, Reagan, Campbell, Keath and Ian; seventeen great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, John; daughter, Sylvia Marshall; son-in-law, Frank Sloat; step-children, George Austin and Chris Reed; granddaughter, Beverley Stalker; great-granddaughter, Yvonne Witt; and brothers and sisters, Nell McCullough, Stead Hooper, Mary Christie, George Hooper and Audrey Coats.

Margaret was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where she graduated as an RN from Calgary General Hospital with the class of 1941. She and John raised their two daughters in Victoria, BC, where she began working at Royal Jubilee Hospital. After John’s death in 1958, she continued at RJH as a head nurse. Her career with them spanned a total of 25 years.  She was a member of the choir at Metropolitan United Church (later First/Met) and with their Street Supper Committee organized dinners for the Open Door for many years. Moving to be closer to her family, Margaret has lived in Qualicum Beach for the last twenty years. There she became a member of St. Stephen’s United Church choir.

Margaret loved life beside the ocean, times with family and friends – especially those at her Piers Island cabin, lunches at her favourite restaurant the Shady Rest, choral music and travel with family or special friend, Freda Woodworth (also deceased).

She was well-loved and will be missed.

Special thanks to the staff at Qualicum Manor for

their loving care and attention to Mum

during the last year and a half.

A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at 2:00pm

on Wednesday, May 24th at St. Stephen’s United Church

in Qualicum Beach. Friends and family are welcome.    

If desired memorial donations may be made to the music bursary program at First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria, BC V8T 1A8, Attn: Kelly Charlton, the First Open Heart Society of BC, 1580 Pembroke St., Victoria, BC V8R 1W2 or St. Stephen’s United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1L1    

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