Margaret Collia

It is with our deepest regret and sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and loving wife Margaret Helen Collia (nee Fuoco).

She passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Burnaby, BC on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at the age of 97.

She was born in Fernie, BC on January 18, 1917. She married in Revelstoke, BC on May 10, 1947, where she lived on Edward Street for the remainder of her life.

Margaret loved spending time with her family and was happiest when surrounded by them. Anyone who ever set foot in grandma Maggie’s kitchen knows that you would be offered everything but the kitchen sink before you left, it was just a small example of her generous nature. In her spare time she enjoyed knitting, gardening, baking, and was passionate about watching tennis, figure skating, and going to bingo.

Her presence will be greatly missed by her family for countless reasons. Among them are her Christmas baking, her Tuesday lunches for the boys, her annual trips to Reno with her daughter and granddaughter, and her unwavering support of all her great grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Predeceased by her husband Joseph Francis Collia, she is survived by her daughter Roseann (Mike), grandson Roger (Andrea) Echlin, great grandsons Joseph and John Echlin as well as granddaughter Sherri (Doug) Gosselin and great granddaughter’s Brooke and Grace Gosselin.

Joseph and Maggie often said that their greatest possessions were their memories. We are all so blessed to have shared in those memories, to have spent so many years with them, listening to their countless stories of times past and absorbing all their infinite wisdom.

Margaret’s wishes were to have a quiet family gathering in Revelstoke later this Spring at her home of 67 years.

Our loss is heaven’s gain. Their newest angel is truly special. She was an amazing example of a life well lived and we will forever miss her.

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