Margaret Grace Evans (née Hogg)
February 1st, 1930 – January 13, 2023
It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved Margaret has passed away. She is lovingly remembered and will be missed by her husband of over 60 years, Don, her children Vicki (Greg), Sue (Malcolm), and David, her grandchildren Jeremy (Victoria), Asha, and Kyla, and her siblings, nieces, and nephews in England.
“Mum” lived a long and interesting life; she was a private person, so you had be a good listener to get the details! She was born in Tunbridge Wells, England, the eldest of six children. She told interesting stories about living in England, including being evacuated during the war to Cornwall with her mum to help look after her three youngest siblings. She loved the outdoors and went on many walking trips in the Lake District, Scotland and other parts of England and Europe. Mum had a great sense of adventure and loved to travel. Her travels brought her to Canada for the first time in 1954, along with her friend Maidie. She worked as a legal secretary in Toronto and Montreal, eventually landing in Vancouver. She returned to England for a few years but felt Canada offered her more opportunities. She married in 1960 and started her family and long stay on the North Shore of Vancouver.
Mum continued to work as a legal secretary and once she had children, she worked part-time as a personal assistant for the renowned artist Lauren Harris and his wife until his death in 1970. She also worked for Dr. Trapp at Klee Wyke, as an assistant and cataloguing Dr. Trapp’s art collection. It was about this time that mum took on the running of The Dance Shop, which she continued for over 50 years! She was an astute businesswoman and continued to be sharper than many until her last days.
Mum enjoyed spending time with family, walking on the seawall (she loved the ocean), adventures abroad, gardening, time in Florida, and relaxing at the family cabin in Winthrop (especially when the Balsam Root was blooming).
We would like to thank Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Bayfield who have been mainstays in her care in recent years. Thanks also to several doctors at the Eye Care Centre, Dr. Webb at St. Paul’s Heart Centre, and Allie & Susan (fitness instructors for over 20 years), for their care and support in the last few years. In lieu of flowers please donate to the LGH foundation, St. Paul’s Cardiac Care Heart Centre, St. Catherine’s Church, or to a charity of your choice.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Dr., North Vancouver on March 19th, 2023, at 2pm.