Marjorie Elsie McKnight 1923 - 2016 Marjorie Elsie McKnight, much loved matriarch of the McKnight and Young families, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2016 at age 93. Marge leaves sons Barry (Kathe), Jeff (Arlene), daughter Robin (Don), grandchildren Tracey, Jennifer, David, Iain, Scott, Drew, Justin, Christopher, Andrew and Ron and 15 great grandchildren, some of whom referred to her as "GG". The love of her life, Hugh, predeceased her in 2011, after 67 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Barnstaple, England as the only child of Roy and Elsie Newsome, she grew up in South Wales. During WW II, Marge served in the British Nursing Reserve in North Wales where she met and married a handsome young Canadian artillery officer. Hugh and Marge later settled in Winnipeg and raised their family. In 1967, they moved to the White Rock area where Marge's beautiful and bountiful gardens flourished because "the sun always shone in White Rock". Marge worked at the Winnipeg General Hospital as a ward clerk and, by 1965, had trained and qualified as a cardiology technician. She later became head cardiology technician at the Royal Columbian Hospital until her retirement in 1983. A founding member of the Cardiology Technicians' Association of BC, Marge served in several executive capacities therein. In recognition of her outstanding and dedicated service, the Association bestowed honorary life membership in 1981. In 2001, she received an honorary life membership in the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists. Marge loved a home filled with family and friends and frequently hosted parties and dinners. Ever the life of a party, she found joy in laughter, dancing, stories, music and deliciously prepared food. A veritable fashion plate, for Marge, no outfit was complete sans matching shoes, jewellery and, if she really wished to dazzle, a matching hat.... preferably wide brimmed! Ever dedicated to her children, she spent many carefree and barefoot summers with them at Victoria Beach and the Whiteshell in Manitoba. Later, Marge delighted in long fun filled family summers at Silver Lake, WA as well as trips and cruises with her children, their spouses and grandchildren. After surviving the Great Depression and WW II, Marge and Hugh lived long, fortunate and exemplary lives full of happiness and good health. Well done Marge and Hugh! We will miss your laughter, kindness and love. A celebration of Marge's life will be held at a later date. If you wish, kindly contribute to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in her memory.
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