Margaret Alice Philips

July 6, 1913 ~ November 22, 2011

We fondly remember Margaret’s wit, compassion, love of music and endless curiosity. Born in Canada two years after her parents moved from Ireland, she was the youngest of three children. Margaret had a successful career as a secretary and legal secretary, beginning at Great West Saddlery in Winnipeg, where she met her partner for life, Doug. Doug and Margaret were married in 1939. During World War II Margaret and baby Carol relocated to Halifax in order to greet Doug’s ship whenever it pulled into port. The family returned to Winnipeg after the war, where a second daughter, Norrine, was born. Margaret and Doug traveled extensively and moved to California in 1954. Margaret played the piano well and sang in choirs throughout her life. She was a masterful baker and took pride in continuing a family tradition of beautiful knitting, sewing and needlework. She maintained her sense of humor to the end and often said her life was “full of fun.” Margaret is survived by two daughters, her son-in-law, and 2 grandsons.

Contributions in Margaret’s memory can be made to: the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Symphony Box Office, Suite 610, 620 View Street, Victoria BC, V8W IJ6.

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