Marjory Roberts passed away February 24, 2003 in Chilliwack after a lengthy battle with cancer, fought with dignity and determination. Born in Beresford, Man. July 13, 1925 to Oliver and Vera Tench, Marge was the middle of five daughters.
She was predeceased by both parents; her sister Elaine; and brothers-in-law Harold Temple, Jack Day, and Norman Arnold.
Marge joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps in 1943 and there met and married the love of her life and husband of 57 years, Bill Roberts.
After moving to Chilliwack from Calgary, Alta. in 1953, Marge enjoyed a long career and retired in 1985 with 29 years of government service.
Marge enjoyed her retirement. She and Bill travelled Canada from coast to coast and enjoyed trips to Mexico and the Cook Islands. They spent many happy years exploring in their camper and had a special love of Moncks Park. Marge and her faithful four legged pal, Freeway, spent many happy hours hiking the hills above Nicola Lake. She enjoyed Volksporting and completed her first marathon at the age of 66!
Marge was a member of the United Empire Loyalists. As a longtime member of Kiwanis Golden K and other volunteer service organizations, Marge’s contributions were many and she received much recognition. She did not enjoy the limelight, preferring instead to just do what needed to be done and do it in her own very capable and organized way. Active and interested in her community, Marge’s first and greatest focus was always her family. She adored her grandchildren.
Left to mourn her loss, but celebrate her life are her husband Bill; daughters, Joanne (Maurice) Gleig of Victoria, and Jan (Bob) Ranger of Chilliwack; grandchildren, Jeffrey Ranger of Vancouver, Jason Gleig of Victoria, and Jennifer Gleig (Chad Anderson) of New Westminster; as well as sisters, Ollie Arnold, Lillian Temple, and Zelta (Murdo) Whitfield; brother-in-law Neal (Reta) Roberts; sister-in-law Anne Roberts; and dear friends, Cathie Sauderson and Margaret Strohmaier.
The family respects Marge’s wishes that there be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice. McLean’s Funeral Services in care of arrangements.
The family would like to thank the members of the Chilliwack Golden K for their support and kind attention, Dr. Paul Basson for his compassionate care (and sense of humour which Mom appreciated), the Continuing Care R.N.’s, and the 4th Floor Nursing Staff at the Chilliwack General Hospital.
You’re back on the trail again Mom!