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Baird (Braithwaite), Margaret Ellen

April 10, 1920 - May 24, 2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our wonderful mother on Wednesday, the 24th of May.

Margaret was born on the 10th of April, 1920 in Edmonton, Alberta to George and Ellen Braithwaite.  She was raised on a homestead at Lake Isle, Fallis  55 miles west of Edmonton.  There she grew up with her three brothers travelling to school on horseback and helping her beloved mother and best friend cook and chore for the household.

She came to the coast by train with her mother and brothers in 1940. Work took the family to a logging camp at Port Renfrew where Margaret and her mother were camp cooks making hearty meals for the men. Margaret met Roland during these years in Renfrew. She moved to Duncan in 1944 but still saw Roland quite a bit! They married in 1949.  Two sons followed George and Maurice.

The Fisher Road farm in Cobble Hill was purchased in November 1952 and the young family moved there with Margaret’s parents George and Ellen Braithwaite. Here over the years she raised her family, produced fabulous meals, grew a magnificent garden and lived in the old farm house into her 96th year.

She was active in the Community being a member of the Farmers Institute, St. John’s Anglican Church and was the driving force of the Cobble Hill Womens’ Institute for the last four decades.

She will be dearly missed by George(Gladys), Maurice(Laura), Brian, Kevin, Stephen, Shaun, Catherine and their families, sister in laws Birnie Braithwaite and Elsie Braithwaite.

She will be dearly missed by George(Gladys), Maurice(Laura), Brian, Kevin, Stephen, Shaun, Catherine and their families, sister in laws Birnie Braithwaite and Elsie Braithwaite, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Cairnsmore Place. A special thank you to Dr. Grymaloski and to the Cowichan District Hospital 2nd floor nurses for their compassionate care of our Mom and the family support.

A service will be held in St. John’s Anglican Church, 3295 Cobble Hill Rd. on Sunday, June 4th at 2 p.m.

Please consider donations to the following charities,

BCWI

PO BOX 36

BARRIERE, BC

V0E 1E0

Please state the donation is for BC Children’s Hospital Temporal Thermometer Campaign and ask for a tax receipt.

Or

COWICHAN DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

#4 – 466 TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY

DUNCAN, BC

V9L 3R6

Please state it is for the New Hospital Building Fund.

 

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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Donna Jack
Relation: friend within the Women's Institute

Dear George, Gladys, Maurice and Laura,
Thinking of you all as we remember all the wonderful things your mother did for her community and specially for me the Cobble Hill Women’s Institute, I will always treasure the Christmas parties held in her home with the Cobble Hill W.I., I will miss her warm and welcoming smile, she will be truly missed by all her friends and family.

From: Robin & Eleanor Soule

We are so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. We missed visiting with Margaret the last few years. My mother Helen particularly enjoyed her visits with Margaret. Roland and Margaret were very helpful to my mother during her early years of as a new bride. Coming from the East Coast as a new bride she did not have many friends and mom always talks about how Margaret and Roland supported and helped her with settling in . Eleanor and I offer our Condolence to George and family – she will be missed by family and friends, love, Robin and Eleanor Soule.

From: John Burrows
Relation: Friend and neighbour

I was so sorry to read of Margaret’s death What a very great lady she was and it will be a great loss to everyone in Cobble Hill. Please give my condolences to all your family,

From: mike coleman
Relation: long-time friend

Margaret was a delight, a true and valued citizen and a lovely person. My deep sympathy to her family.

From: Patty-anne Lea
Relation: through farming and 4H

I send condolences to the Baird and Braithwaite families. Margret was a great friend to all. From the Lea family

From: Jean Hamilton (Stuart)

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Margaret Baird. She was a wonderful woman who gave so much to her community. As a 4H kid with a mother involved with the Farmers Institute for many years Margaret was a comstant presence. As years went by I do not believe I can recall an event at the Cobble Hill Hall that did not include Margaret working in the kitchen, quietly doing twice as much as anyone else could accomplish. The world is a poorer place for her passing.

From: Anne & Tony Raybould
Relation: Just one of her many friends

Margaret would have been so proud of the service your family put on today. There was laughter and tears but an overall feeling of love. We are so sorry for your loss. Margaret was one special lady and always made time to teach me something about the Cowichan Valley and farming. Our thoughts are with you all.

From: Rob Halliday

We are saddened to hear of your Moms passing George and Maurice, May your mom rest in peace. Thinking of you all during this most difficult time/

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

BCWI

PO BOX 36

BARRIERE, BC

V0E 1E0

Please state the donation is for BC Children’s Hospital Temporal Thermometer Campaign and ask for a tax receipt.

Or

COWICHAN DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

#4 – 466 TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY

DUNCAN, BC

V9L 3R6

Please state it is for the New Hospital Building Fund

 

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