In Memory

20150418_145731Margaret Murphy – March 16, 1931 – April 6, 2015

It is with sadness that we must say goodbye to one of our dedicated members – Margaret Murphy who passed away quietly on Easter Monday morning.  There was a Celebration of Life held at the Community Building at the Highland Park Mobile Home Park where she lived on Hammond Rd on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 1:00 pm where many family and friends gathered to share a beautify day of remembrance.

Margaret Murphy's Life of Volunteering
Margaret Murphy’s Life of Volunteering

The Pride of Pitt Meadows – Our Members

Margaret Murphy 🙂

Margaret asked if she was too old to join the Pitt Meadows Lions at 80 years of age in 2012. She wanted to keep busy as her husband was living in Baillie House.  The Lions would attend 3-4 times per year to prepare a wonderful pancake, sausage & egg breakfast (real eggs). People would come from all 3 floors with the help of their Care Givers. After her husband passed away in 2013, it took being encouraged to come and serve again at Baillie House that helped her to continue.

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Margaret at Baillie House – 2014 Christmas

 

Margaret was and is an inspiration to us all with her enthusiasm and generous smile.

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Margaret with Lion President Lorie at Pitt Meadows Winter Carnival – Jan 2015
She also attended the Lions fundraising events such as Pitt Meadows Day, BC Day and Airport Days.

Margaret was an only child who lost her mother at age 5 and here father at age 15.  She was taken in by a family member and raised.  She was a devoted grandmother (8 great grandchildren and 9th on the way) and loved knitting the baby blankets for each one.  She instilled family values which has carried on with her children whereby family is at the heart.  Her volunteering where ever and when ever needed shows her willingness to be apart of something greater than herself. A life lived, she says “I am lucky”. Most of her other family members and friends are not able to get around whereas Margaret, just kept on going. This reminds me of Lion Marie who was near to Margaret and provided communion to her while in the Maple Ridge Hospital.

What Lions in Pitt Meadows means to her…..

When asked what she thought of the Lions getting a Facebook page or new website, she said, “Just because I don’t have a computer doesn’t mean I don’t think its not a good idea.”

With her supportive stance on life, I asked Margaret to be our first Lion to be introduced which did not get posted until now, after her passing.

Margaret has now gone home to be with her Lord.  She will be missed.