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Marguerite E. (Atkins) Jesson '56
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Marge passed away peacefully at the Saanich Penninsula Hospital near Sidney, BC, surrounded by family. She leaves behind Denis, her husband of 51 years; siblings Geraldine and Chris; sons Pat (Katia), Mike (Tracy), Tim (Judy), Nick (Amanda) and Colin (Shelley); grandchildren Jamie, Kate, Cameron, Connor, Colette, Anya, Aydan, Brandt, Lauren, Marc and Mira, as well as many wonderful friends. Marge was pre-deceased by her brother John, and parents Barry and Althea.
Marge was born in Vancouver where she attended Crofton House School, UBC and Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing before marrying Denis. Together they spent many years raising their family in New England and Winnipeg, and on the Mediterranean and Lake of the Woods, before returning to BC in 1996 to build a home on Pier's Island.
Marge had many interests which she lovingly shared with all those around her. She was a founding member of the Winnipeg Montessori schools in 1967, a supporter of hospice care and battered women shelters in the city, and a regular donor to the Rh Foundation plasmaphoresis program for almost 20 years. Her can-do attitude led to a career as the first female building contractor in Winnipeg beginning in 1975. An enduring interest in learning directed her to a degree in Environmental Science at age 55, a HAM license at age 70, and she had recently started to play the ukelele. Her lifelong passions, other than family and friends included building, gardening, reading, music, cooking, and of course sailing.
Her family would like to thank the many dedicated staff of the Palliative Care Unit at Saanich Peninsula Hospital who helped make her last days as comfortable as possible. Their caring, patience, thoughtfulness and wisdom will always be remembered.
It was Marge's wish that there be no funeral, rather a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made in her name to: The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, 2166 Mount Newton X Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2. Please reference the 'Palliative Care Unit' in your bequest.