Nov. 28, 1921 – Jan. 13, 2014
Mom passed away peacefully after a long, full life, with her son Norman at her side. She was predeceased by her husband, Rupert and her daughter, Barbara (Sheridan). Mom is survived by her children Norman (Ella), Leona (Fred), Debra, her seven grandchildren, Tonya (Ian), Melanie (Mike), Sandra (Thilo), Matt (Angela), Darin (Natalie), Jodie (Bob), Avery, ten great-grandchildren, her nieces and nephews.
Marge was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan to Robert and Mary English. After the death of her father, the family moved to Vancouver where Marge met and married Rupert William Goodlad. The young couple established a home and started their family in Prince Rupert (where Dad was born) after World War II. They moved to Terrace in 1954.
A long-time resident of Terrace, Mom was an enthusiastic advocate for the town and remained very interested in its growth and development all her life. She fondly remembered her prairie roots, sharing her memories of early days in Vanguard including the name of her favorite horse, swinging on the neighbor’s gate and her pride in the important role her father played in the community.
Marge worked at Skeenaview (now Terraceview Lodge) for twenty-four years, retired in 1984, and continued the strong friendships she made there. She was active in the BC Government Employees Union and BCGREA. Retirement allowed her to spend more time with her family and friends, travel, garden and play a more active role in her church. She had an extremely strong work ethic and remained busy and engaged all of the time.
Mom was a valued and dedicated member of Knox United Church, contributing her time, crafts and baking. She drew strength, comfort and support from the church and developed very strong friendships in the congregation, and especially within the Beulah Group.
Mom made everyone welcome in her home, loved to share a good laugh with good company and was always ready to help. Mom was proud of the garden she and Dad created together and was happy when it gave pleasure to others. Her roses always stopped passers-by and led to friendly chats and bouquets.
Mom treasured her family most, supporting us in every way possible. She always had time and special treats for her much-loved grandchildren. She loved being surrounded by the warmth of family. Her nieces and nephews have remained caring and devoted throughout her life. She was very proud of all of us.
Mom’s legacy of love, hard work and devotion will remain as an inspiration to us all. We are grateful for the care and support she received from her friends and the caregivers at McConnell Estates. She will be deeply missed.