MORLEY - Margaret Houston - nee Baird March 20, 1924 - November 21, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Margaret Morley, age 89, long-term resident of Ocean View at St. Joseph's Hospital. Ill for only a short time, she passed peacefully on Thursday, November 21. She was predeceased by her husband Jack ten years ago at Christmas. Left to mourn but with wonderful memories are her sons Wayne (Pearl) of Willow Point, Carl at Glacier View Lodge, and daughter Lin (Arnie) of Courtenay; only grandson Rob (Pat) of Ottawa, and step-granddaughter Lesley Coulter and her sons Gavin and Bryce of Cedar; plus several nieces and nephews in BC and Winnipeg. She was also predeceased by her Scottish parents William and Margaret Baird, brother Bill Baird and his wife Jean - formerly of Penticton, and sister Jessie and her husband Bert Muirhead - formerly of Cumberland. Margaret was born and raised in Winnipeg where, as a young teenager, she met and later married her high school sweetheart Jack. They both answered the call of duty, joining the RCAF during the war and serving in Canada until Mom gave birth to the family's first grandchild Wayne in Vancouver in June 1945, a birthday gift for her father. Dad's postings then took them to Winnipeg where daughter Linda (Lin) was born, and then to Ottawa where Carl was born. While stationed in Comox when it reopened in 1952, Mom worked part-time in the post office in what is now the Comox Military Museum, and again at the base post office during their next posting to Greenwood, Nova Scotia in the 60's. In their next posting and wanting a sit-down job, Mom took secretarial training in Ottawa and proudly held a top-level security clerical position at RCMP Headquarters. More postings took them to Trenton and Edmonton (Namao) and finally back to Comox where Dad retired in 1977. Together they built their retirement home on King Road, and then became commercial fishers on the Cape Belle for several years. After Dad's passing in 2003, Mom sold the house and moved to the Trade Winds apartments, then to Casa Loma, and to her final home at Ocean View. Because both Mom's brother and sister were themselves military families and moved throughout the country, any opportunity to visit each other was a great cause for celebration, reminiscing, and rebonding. One of Mom's greatest pleasures in life was spending time with her family - family meant everything to her. Donations in Mom and Dad's names (Marg & Jack Morley) can be made to the CFB Comox Military Museum, 19Wing Military Row, Comox, BC V0R 2K0, (250) 339-8162. A service will be held at Piercy's Funeral Home, 440 England Avenue at 4th Street in Courtenay on Thursday, November 28 at 2pm, with a tea to follow.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2013