Margaret R. Swift

Margaret R. Swift

Born July 2, 1908

Edmonton, Alberta

Passed away Oct. 6, 2003

Smithers, B.C.

Margaret passed away peacefully at the Bulkley Lodge with her family by her side.

She is survived by her children Yateve (Don) Herman, Gordon (Mary) Swift, Sidney Swift, Robson (Shirley) Swift. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Robson Oliver Swift, in 1990.

Margaret went through grade school, college and normal school in Victoria and in 1929 she accepted her first teaching position at the Quick School.

Margaret and Robbie were engaged in 1931. She then took a teaching position in Lytton, B.C. from 1932 until the end of 1933. On Feb 1, 1934, Margaret and Robbie were married in Robbie’s parents’ home in Quick.

In 1940, Margaret and her family moved to Victoria, B.C., to farm at Elk Lake until 1953. They then moved back to the old Swift place in Quick. Margaret started teaching again in Telkwa and later took the position of Principal at the Quick School until her retirement in 1973. Margaret thoroughly enjoyed her years of teaching and was loved and respected by her pupils.

Margaret and Robbie moved to Langley, B.C. in 1983. Robbie, her husband of 56 years, passed away in 1990 and in 1994 Margaret moved back to Smithers. She lived in Pioneer Place until 1999, then, due to poor health, moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. In May 2001, Margaret took up residence at the Bulkley Lodge where she passed away.

Margaret was a founding member of the Quick 4H club. She was a lifetime member of the Quick W.I. and traveled to many parts of the world as an ACWW delegate.

Margaret was loved and respected by all who knew her and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Memorial Services were held Oct. 18 at the St. James Anglican Church, Smithers, B.C. with Jim Davidson officiating. The eulogy was read by her dear friend, Flora Stokes and the music was provided by Marie Kalyn.

The family wish to express their deep appreciation for the care and support given by Dr. Blouw, the Bulkley Lodge staff and the volunteers who sat with Mum.

Donations may be made to the Bulkley Lodge or Pioneer Place.