Margaret Lilian THORNLEY

THORNLEY, Margaret Lilian. April 29, 1925 – October 8, 2006

Supported by the love of her family and a multitude of friends, Margaret Lilian Thornley died on October 8, 2006. Margaret was born on April 29,1925 in London England. Our Mum talked about her life like the chapters in a book. Each of the chapters reflected her intellect, charm, dignity and her strong faith. The English chapters included a happy early childhood with her dear sister Joyce and her parents. She later served as a WREN during WWII, when she met our father John.


Mum and Dad moved to a rural Alberta one room schoolhouse in 1954 with 2 young children, Mark and Alison. A year later they moved to Golden where they spent the next 30 years and where Annette and Christopher were born. Margaret was the owner of a book store, the director of adult education, a parishioner at St Paul’s Anglican church and a long time member of the Order of the Eastern star. Throughout her time in Golden she was known for her ability to listen and to see the good in everyone she met. She and John made a good life for their family surrounded by life long friends.


Moving to Duncan in 1986 she continued to show her kindness, faith, and compassion; becoming a pastoral care visitor supporting many families as their loved ones were dying. She is a much-loved member of the parish of St.Peter’s Anglican Church and the Sunset chapter of the O.E.S. Her quiet bravery, eternal optimism and kindness are her legacy.


Margaret is survived by Mark, Gisele, Linnaea & Andrew; Alison Meredith, Craig & Ian; Annette Inglis, Brian, Brendan & Graham; Christopher, Cathy, Stuart and Jack. Her husband John and her infant daughter Susan predeceased her. She will be missed by her family and her many dear friends.


Many thanks to Drs. Kent Harris and Willie Pewarchuk, the nurses at the Cowichan Cancer Centre and all the friends who supported Margaret and her family.


Memorial service was held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Duncan on Friday, Oct. 13. Please direct any donation to the SPCA in memory of the four footed friends who walked beside Margaret.