Margie Freda (James) Kearley came into the world on April 20th of 1932 in Lafleche, Sask. and passed away on the Second day of February, 2005 at the Chilliwack General Hospital. Margie quietly succumbed in her sleep from respiratory complications following a year long battle with cancer. The family would like to thank all of the hospital staff for their exceptionally compassionate treatment of Grandma during her recent visits.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Gladys and Frank James, her sister Iris, and brothers Redge, Frank, Bill, and Ted.
Margie is survived by her husband of 49 years; Jack Kearley, their three children and spouses; Jaye & Diana (Baetz) Kearley, Kim (Kearley) & Gary Haynes, Diana Kearley & Henry Chisholm, her seven grandchildren; Kristina & David (Jaye Kearley), Douglas & Patricia (Kim Haynes), Mathew, Mark, & Nathan (Diana Kearley), and her two great-granddaughters; Ivory & Rain (Patricia Haynes). Margie’s three sisters Phyllis, Joyce, and Gladys also remain to mourn her passing.
Margie was known throughout her life for her generous soul and strong spirit. She grew up on the family farm in Saskatchewan and joined the RCAF at the young age of 18. Margie was trained and served her country as an aircraft controller. She was eventually stationed in Metz, France where she met her future husband, an RCAF fire-fighter. Over the years she lived in France, Germany, and many locations within Canada through her service within the military and as a devoted spouse. Upon gaining her Canadian teaching certification she taught students of all grades and touched many lives with her pragmatism, patience, and compassion. She was diligent in helping her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grow to love life and value learning. While in her 40s she survived breast cancer and even though cancer caught up with her near the end of her life she never let it slow her down until she was ready. She loved freely and lived well, taking joy in each new day and the challenges it brought.
A memorial service is to be held at the Salvation Army Church located at 46420 Brooks Ave. on Saturday, the 5th of February at 3 ‘O clock in the Afternoon. Following the service friends are invited to join the family in the reception area for refreshments and a time to visit.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate that donations be made on Margie’s behalf to the Canadian Cancer Society, Chilliwack.