Philps, Margaret Elizabeth (nee Hall). 1918 – 2014. Margaret Philps, treasured wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away June 2 in Chilliwack, with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her beloved husband George (1990), and her sister Frances (2014). She is survived by her daughter Margaret Paulding, (Rick), cherished granddaughters Rebecca & Sarah, and her sisters Muriel Dionne & Myrtle Philps. She leaves behind many dear friends and family members – nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, as well as her life-long friend, Rachel Vallance.
Margaret was born in Burnaby in 1918, and attended Edmonds School and Burnaby South High School. She married George Philps in 1941, and was a devoted wife and mother. George returned to school in 1963 to study theology, and after his graduation they served together at Gordon Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, where George was the minister from 1966 until 1987. Margaret loved God’s creation, particularly flowers & birds, and one of her favorite pastimes was painting on porcelain. Her family was her greatest joy, and she loved hosting family dinners for all occasions. She had the gift of hospitality, and graciously welcomed family and friends into her home. She gave generously of her time, and loved to shower others with tins of delicious homemade cookies. Her love and encouragement will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her strong faith in God and her unconditional love for all will leave a legacy for generations to come.
Special thanks to Dr. Julia Bright for her excellent medical care over the past several years, and for the kindness shown by Dr. Megan Newcombe & the nurses on 5 North at CGH during the last days of Margaret’s life.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, June 14, at Gordon Presbyterian Church, 7457 Edmonds St., Burnaby.