Margaret Maureen Buckley (nee Hogg)

May 4, 1934 – February 20, 2020
After a two-year battle, Maureen succumbed to a squamous cell cancer- related illness on February 20, 2020 with family by her side. Born on May 4, 1934 in Kimberley, British Columbia, Maureen was the proud daughter of the late David and Margaret “Peg” Hogg and beloved sister of George (Isabel). Devoted wife of Brian for 64-plus years. Dear mother of Shauna (Jeff), Deirdre (David), John (Valerie) and Darren (Kim). Loving grandmother to Jordan, Graham, Leila (Scott), Sean, Hannah Rose (Sunny), Catherine (Ian), Marissa (Jeff), Tyrell and Liam. Great grandmother to Nylah, Zaria, Halle and Annie. Loving sister-in-law to Bryan, Christine and Ed. Special mom to Judy (Mike) and family. She will be fondly remembered by her cousins, nephews and nieces, and their families in Canada, England, Scotland, Australia and the United States.
Maureen treasured her memories of life growing up in Chapman Camp. After high school, she graduated from Provincial Normal School in Victoria and went on to teach in Skookumchuck, Creston and Tulsequah. She loved to reminisce about the years in isolated mining camps with Brian in Tulsequah and the HB Mine, Salmo. A 1964 relocation to Kimberley and her childhood street was a welcome homecoming. Maureen volunteered her time in the communities where she lived; in her youth as a Presbyterian camp counsellor and later, as a Sunday School teacher. She valued education and her role as an educator. After her teaching career, including two years in a multi-grade, one room schoolhouse and a stint as a substitute teacher, Maureen offered free tutoring to children in her neighbourhood. Her retirement years were spent in Sardis, away from the Kootenay winters, where she could golf and garden to her delight, and dote on her children and grandchildren. Maureen held dear her Scottish roots and family history. She loved to swim, practiced yoga and cycling before it was popular and was an avid fan of all sports on television. She rarely missed an early hour broadcast of hockey, curling, golf, tennis or world sporting events. Maureen faithfully followed the careers of Bobby Orr, Tiger Woods, and Roger Federer. She cherished her long-standing friendships. And boy, could she bake buns and cookies!
Special thanks to the staff at Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack for their care and support at a difficult time. As per Maureen’s request, there will be no funeral. Following cremation, an interment will take place in the spring next to her parents in the Kimberley Cemetery. She will again be home. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Chilliwack Hospice Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Osteoporosis Canada or Operation Smile Canada. Maureen would want you to wear sunscreen and a sunhat, enjoy a pint on a warm summer’s day, or a glass of wine with good company. Keep Calm and Carry On.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119.v105


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