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Margaret (Marg) Ethel Swan (Renouf)

December 6, 1931 - September 9, 2019


Margaret Ethel Renouf Swan

Margaret was born to Nellie and Stanley Renouf in Albany, California on 6 December 1931, their youngest following Ethel, Stanley, Frank, (Clifford) “Bob”, and Phyllis.  She quietly slipped away on 9 September 2019.

When she was 9 they moved to Vancouver Island.  She said that she’d always lived in beautiful places: next to the experimental farm in Berkeley, the Garry Oak meadows in Victoria, the Douglas Fir forest in Cobble Hill, and lastly, the lovely gardens at Cairnsmore Place.

As a young woman, Marg thought she was perhaps called to be a missionary but then she met Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome and plans changed (much to the relief of her parents!).  Margaret and Leonard married and went on to have Joanelle, Brian, Wendy, and Reginald.  Sons and daughters-in-law followed:  Al, Wayne, Patricia, Deedra, Ken, and Teresa.  She and Len then welcomed grandchildren Alisa, Janina, Anja, Bill, and Kristy.  Later one great grandchild–Silas–joined the family.  As each of her siblings passed on, she enjoyed the company of her nieces even more, especially:  Phyllis Parsons, Gayle Renouf, and Lois Hemstalk James.

Her faith was precious to her and she played the piano for many Sunday school and church functions.

Her grandchildren and one great grandchild were the pride and joy of her life.  The legacy of Margaret’s kind spirit, passion for nature, and love of reading and learning, will live on through them.

We’re going to miss her warm-heartedness, sense of humour, respect for wildlife and wilderness, and her regal wave to all who she passed in her wheelchair!

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to:

Sierra Club Canada or Oxfam

Marg always enjoyed a “cuppa” so come join us for a Memorial Tea to be held on 21 September at 2 p.m. at Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship.


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

From: Margaret Anderson
Relation: Lifelong friend and first Sunday School Teacher

Joan, Brian, Wendy and Reg,

My love and condolences to you and your families. Your Dad held me as a newborn long before he met your Mom, and your Mom was my first Sunday School teacher at Marigold Sunday School. I remember her keeping me in the “babies class” for 2 years after I should have moved upstairs “because you are such a good singer”. (unfortunately the “good singer” part didn’t last! I never minded being kept in her class as I loved her dearly. Over the years I kept in touch with your folks and it was always a pleasure to stop in for a cup of tea at their home.
You are truly blessed to have had such a gentle, kind and loving mother to guide you and your precious memories will comfort you in the days ahead.
Sincere Condolences to you all,
Marg and Paul Anderson

From: Neil & Marilyn Moore

Sending our sincere condolences to the Swan family.

From: Kris Buckley
Relation: Friend from Life Skills

Joanelle, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, she will be missed by all of you!!

From: Muriel A Heggie
Relation: Resident at Cairnsmore

My deepest sympathies to Joanelle and family. I miss your mother’s wide friendly smile and sweet voice when I saw her. What a jewel she was. She is missed at Cairnsmore. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Ann and Phillip Mendenhall
Relation: Friends

Hello Joanelle and all the family, we are so sorry you have lost your beautiful mother. We remember her being present at many of the Chemainus Classical Concerts. She always had a kind smile and word for everyone. She will be deeply missed.

Service Schedule


Date & Time:
September 21, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship
2095 Dickson Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada

2095 Dickson Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada

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