Marguerite Stovel

Marguerite Stovel

Our beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, friend, Marg (Marguerite) Stovel, passed away on January 17, surrounded by her family.

Marg was born in Calgary in 1928, one of two daughters of Swiss parents. She was a keen student and an accomplished piano student. Marg completed teacher education at UBC then taught in Summerland, Castlegar and Burnaby, all the while playing piano for musicals. In Burnaby, she joined the Air Reserves, working for a while in radar.

In Burnaby she met her life partner, Bud Stovel and moved to Revelstoke where she continued teaching, specializing in her favorite age group: grade seven. She taught at Central, Selkirk and Big Eddy schools and her students loved her. She was tiny and spoke quietly but she could hold their interest and they knew she cared for them deeply.

Marg loved to travel, often with Bud, and daughters, Laura, Jeanette and Krista. She travelled several times each to Europe, Africa, East Asia and Australia, often to visit her children abroad. She loved to tell a good story and showed great courage and sacrifice for loved-ones. “As my mom would say…” has long introduced words of wisdom in the family. She was devoted to Bud and was the centre of our family. We will miss her greatly.

Marg is survived by her husband, Bud Stovel; daughters, Laura, Jeanette and Krista; sister, Lil Barraud; and grandchildren Evan and Emma Nip and Nii Noi and Tettey Tetteh. She also leaves many dear friends and cousins Heather, Mike and Alexis Welch. We also thank Dr. Cam MacLeod, Dr. Neil Leslie and the wonderful nurses at Queen Victoria Hospital for their outstanding care.

A celebration of life will be at 1:00 pm at the United Church on Monday, January 26.

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