Marguerite Louise Mowat

July 16, 1921 – March 1, 2009


Marguerite was born in New Westminster, BC, the youngest of 9. Her family moved to Vancouver in 1933.  During her time in Vancouver she met many people with whom she kept in contact the rest of her life, including her husband Gordie.


Marguerite graduated from Vancouver General Nursing School in 1946, before getting married to Gordie on April 18, 1946.  They had 4 children Jim (Jan), John (Shelley), Dave (Lori) and Lael.  Eight grandchildren Trish, Melissa, Reine, Krista, Erik, Kraig, Gordon, Stuart and one great-grandson Ethan. Was predeceased by their son John on July 13, 1984, and her husband of 61 ¼ years Gordie on July 23, 2005.


She started her nursing career right after high school, doing the Psych Nursing Program at Essondale, and the joined the Registered Nursing Program at V.G.H.  Mom had to take 3 months off from her last year of nursing school to provide palliative care to her own mother late in 1945, so graduated in early 1946. Married Gordie on April 18, 1946.  Marguerite continued her nursing career back at Essondale, Surrey Memorial Hospital during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s until moving north, and was proud to come to work with the great staff at the Burns Lake Hospital until retiring in 1984.


Marguerite and Gordie moved to their home in Surrey in 1947 where they raised their 4 children, and once the kids had moved away, got married, left the nest long enough for them to pack-up and move to Noralee in 1974 to enjoy rural life.  In the 1960’s Gordie came up to this part of the world hunting and when he returned to Surrey he told her they would move here one day.  In May 1974 the opportunity presented itself and they sold the family home, gathered all of their worldly possessions and up they came. Eventually most of the family followed.


Marguerite enjoyed many things from the great outdoors, fishing, crossword puzzles, scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and as Gordie would say “those devil’s playthings” cards whether it was crib, rummy, or hand and foot canasta, etc – she took pleasure in it all.


She will be missed by her family and friends.


No flowers – by request – donations may be made to children’s charity of your choice.


No service – by request