OUR MOTHER HAS PASSED, THE SUN IS BEHIND THE HILLS
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
March 3rd, 1917 –
April 21st, 2014
Margaret Ethelean Ford (nee Whalen)
97 years old, peacefully passed away on April 21, 2014 in Castlegar, B.C
Left with fond memories are her daughters Maureen, Patricia (Jack Watson), and sons Jack (Judy), and Jim, grandchildren Bill, Dennis, Leo, Laura, Anne- Marie, Michael, Kevin, Tammy, Tracey, Julie, Leah, Shauna, Jennifer, 18 great grandchildren, her sisters Lucy, Mary Ellen and brother Michael (all of Ontario). as well as a many nieces and nephews. Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Michael and her siblings Anne, Kate, Charles and John and son- in- law, Hugh Goetting and daughter- in- law, Carol.
Margaret was born and raised on a farm near Matheson, Northern Ontario. Times were tough and she always regretted leaving school at an early age to work as a Mother’s helper to help support her family. In 1936 she met her future husband Michael and they were married in Ramore, Northern Ont. in 1937. They tried homesteading but were unable to find water and eventually gave it up. Later on they discovered that the land was situated on the property that became a hugely successful Asbestos mine. Michael worked an underground miner in the early gold mines in the South Porcupine and Timmins area.
The family finally settled in Castlegar in 1952 when Dad got a job with Cominco. Mom enjoyed traveling and accompanied Dad on many hunting and fishing trips. Throughout her long life she supported all of us in our many varied endeavours, she was always there for us, and made sure that there was no shortage of home made food. But more important there was always an abundance of motherly love for us all.
Margaret lived independently till age 94 when she moved to Castlewood Manor. She had a good memory, and was sharp as a tack playing cards. In 2013 she moved to Castleview Care Centre where she was very well looked after by the staff.
Thanks to the staff of the Castleview Care Centre and Dr. David Larocque for their professional and kind efforts to make our mother’s passing a peaceful one.
A Celebration of Life will be held for family
and friends at a later date.