CARR -Margaret Anne (nee Lyons) Margaret passed away suddenly on April 21, 2014. She had just celebrated her 77th birthday with family that evening, and Easter celebrations with some of her closest friends the night before. Margaret is survived by her brother Neill Lyons of West Vancouver; her three children, Cindy Robison (Eddie) of Lubbock, Texas, Donald Carr (Jenn) of Nanaimo, and Janet Fraser (Jeremy) of Calgary; nephew Stephen Lyons of Vancouver; along with her beloved grandchildren, Jennifer, Caitlyn, Emily and Heather of Calgary, Kidran and Kaleb of Lubbock, and great-granddaughter Lucy of Lubbock. Margaret was born April 16th, 1937 to parents Ada G Lyons (O'Neill) and Robert JW Lyons, and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She attended Kelvin High School and went on to earn a nursing diploma from Winnipeg General Hospital in 1960. Margaret was married in 1961 and shortly thereafter she and her former husband, Dr. William GL Carr, relocated to the West Coast. Lantzville was their first home, and shortly after they moved to Nanaimo, where they raised their three children. Winnipeg always remained her home away from home, and she often spoke fondly of being a prairie girl. Margaret was a unique and gregarious soul, full of life and love for those around her. Proud of her Irish heritage, she was generous with her time and her love, and always willing to lend a hand, her time, or her companionship. She was an active member of Brechin United Church in Nanaimo and involved herself in many volunteer endeavours over the years. Like her mother, she was an accomplished pianist, a gifted soloist, and was passionate about music in general. She sang in the church choir, accompanying others on the piano whenever the opportunity arose, and was proud to share the gift of her voice with others. Her sudden passing has left us all with a deep void in our hearts and no words to express our sorrow. We will remember her as a beautiful spirit, willing to share a laugh, a joke, a meal or simply some time together. She was a beloved mother; caring sister; devoted grandmother, and a fierce friend to many. She will be missed but never forgotten and her memory will prevail in the many relationships that she has forged throughout her life. A service will be held at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Road, Nanaimo, (250) 754-9212 on Wednesday, May 7th at 1:00 pm. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends wish, donations can be made in Margaret's name to the BC Conference - United Church of Canada or a charity of choice in Margaret's name. We thank all friends and extended family for the well wishes and condolences offered. The family also wishes to extend our gratitude for the extraordinary efforts of the first responders.
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2014