Margaret Georgina Bateman was born in Edgewood, BC on December 22, 1920 and died in Revelstoke on April 10, 2013 at the age of 92. Her parents, Joe and Minnie deGans, were farmers in the lnonoaklin Valley at Edgewood, where they raised Margaret along with two sisters and two brothers.
In 1940 Margaret married the love of her life, Roy Bateman, and they settled in Edgewood and raised a family of three children, Ron, Elaine and Louise. Margaret was a hard working wife and mother as well as a tireless community volunteer. She was a lifetime member of the Edgewood-lnonoaklin Women’s Institute and the driving force behind the Edgewood Fair Board which held an annual fall fair for many years. She was an avid gardener, canning and freezing all that she produced. She was also an accomplished crafter. Her needlework is second to none and she participated in many craft fairs in Nakusp, always looking to find the next neat thing to make. In 1986 Roy and Margaret moved to Nakusp where she lived until 2012 when she moved to Revelstoke. In Nakusp they became active members of Robertson Memorial United Church and after the passing of her husband Margaret also become a contributing member of the Seniors’ Group in Nakusp. She was loved and respected by all who knew her.
Margaret is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Roy, and by her son Ron. She is survived by her daughter Elaine Struthers of Kitchener, ON, her daughter Louise Thrale (Roger) of Revelstoke, her daughter-in-law Fran Bateman of Cranbrook, five grandchildren, Terry Thrale (Sandy) of Delta, Barry Struthers (Julie) of Guelph, ON, Tracy Hill (Kevin) of Calgary, Karen Struthers (Chris Farnady) of Barrie, ON and Heather Jay (Brad Park) of Revelstoke as well as the absolute lights of her life six greatgrandchildren, Alex and Kale Jay, Emily and Madison Struthers and Lauryn and Lana Thrale. She is also survived by her sister Eileen Prough of Chilliwack and brothers Don deGans of Chilliwack and Roy deGans of Red Deer, AB.
The family requests that donations in memory of Margaret be made to Robertson Memorial United Church, Nakusp, BC VOG 1RO or a charity of your choice.