Margaret Louise Murray (Thompson)

December 8, 1934 – December 12, 2022
In loving memory ~
Margaret passed peacefully after a long life lived with passion and love for her family, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
Margaret was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, one of 6 children born to Arthur and Mabel Thompson. Arthur was a Station Agent for CP Rail, which meant the family moved often, living in several small towns throughout Saskatchewan.
In 1953, Margaret went to Edmonton to attend business school. In March 1955, Margaret married her childhood sweetheart. She and Glen moved to Campbell River, BC when Glen got a job at the Argonaut Mine.
In 1956, they bought a 1-acre lot on Twillingate Rd and built a log house from trees on the property. When the family outgrew that house, they built a second house on the property, where their 5 children, Susan, Gail, Bruce, Brett, and Holly grew up next door to both sets of grandparents.
In 1980, Margaret and Glen built a house on the back half of the acre where Margaret lived until September of this year when she moved to Evergreen Seniors Home. She loved her home and rhododendron garden, which became the hub for visits from friends and family. Visits from her 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren brought her genuine joy.
Margaret worked as a letter carrier for many years. She loved to go for drives around town to see how Campbell River was changing. She was involved with the Rhododendron Club, garden club, and the CR Genealogy Society and made costumes for the CR theatre group. She had an amazing mind for detail. Family history research led to many road trips across Canada and the U.S. She loved to tell the stories of people the group had researched, and the family histories of everyone she knew, remembering names, dates, and locations. Her favourite way to start a conversation with people she just met was by telling them where she was from, and then getting the person to talk about their family history.
She remained positive and upbeat throughout her life, including during her battle with Parkinson’s for the last number of years. Humble, sharp as a tack, with a broad range of interests, self-taught, encyclopedic knowledge of plants, genealogy, and so much more.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Campbell River Genealogy Society or to a local charity of your choice.

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