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Elsie Margaret Lantier


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Elsie Margaret Lantier Obituary
ELSIE MARGARET LANTIER Margaret was born on November 7, 1929 in Charleston, W. VA, to Edward and Elsie Gerrard. She passed on to be with the Lord on November 10, 2016. Margaret's parents were British nationals and returned to England from West Virginia in 1931. She grew up in Sheerness, Kent, near London, during World War II. She entered the London Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1951. Her parents returned to Canada and Margaret joined them after her graduation from nursing school. She lived in the Toronto area for several years, working in hospitals and a physician's private practice. In 1953 she moved to Charleston, WVa and later to Buffalo, NY, working as a nurse in Veterans Administration hospitals. In 1959, Margaret entered the U.S. Air Force as a nurse. She served in Texas and in the Philippines, primarily in the care of orthopedics patients. In 1962, she returned to Wright Patterson AFB, OH where she helped to start and then supervise one of the first Intensive Care Units at an Air Force hospital. She remained there until 1965. In 1965 Margaret married Ward Lantier who was also on active duty with the Air Force. She subsequently moved with Ward and served in assignments in New Mexico, Alabama, and Maryland. She left the Air Force in 1968 in anticipation of the birth of her son, John. After moving to California in 1977, Margaret continued to help in medical activities with volunteer services at several clinics of the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. In all of her work in the Air Force and in volunteer service, she received commendations and high praise of her abilities. Margaret had a strong and abiding faith in the Lord and a high confidence that he was taking care of her and providing for her. This faith enabled her to remain optimistic and confident as a cancer survivor and as she faced several other severe medical problems. She was a devout Anglican with a sincere love for the practices and traditions of Anglicanism. She was very proud of her service in an altar guild in an Episcopal church she attended for many years. Margaret loved kittens and cats. She enjoyed traveling and she enjoyed being near the sea. She especially liked to go to new places but she came to look forward to return visits to England and to Hawaii. Margaret enjoyed gardening, arranging flowers, listening to music, and listening to audio books. When it came to priorities, however, caring for her family and attending to their needs always came first. Margaret is survived by her husband, Ward; her son, John; and her daughter-in-law, Cindy. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on November 18 at Cortner Chapel, 220 Brookside Avenue in Redlands. A funeral will be held at Christ's Chapel Anglican Church (REC), which meets at Hope Lutheran Church in Riverside, during the week of November 28. Margaret suffered from macular degeneration and was deeply grateful for the services and opportunities offered to her by the Braille Institute. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Braille Institute are suggested.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 16, 2016
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