Margaret Mary d’Aoust died peacefully while surrounded by family, following a battle with Parkinson’s Disease at Haven Hill Retirement Centre in Penticton on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. She is survived by her loving family: Peter (Lynn), Patrick, Paul (Gail), Peggy, Pamela (Rick), Philip (Karen) and Priscilla (Francois); brothers, John and Michael Bourchier; 19 grandchildren, (almost) 3 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Joseph; parents, Eric and Elsie Bourchier; sisters, Evelyn Bourchier and Winefride Schnidrig and brothers, Oswald, Dick, George and Peter Bourchier. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Rex Velmonte at St. John Vianney Parish Church, 361 Wade Ave., West, February 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery with a reception afterwards at the church hall. Margaret Bourchier was born at Kimberley, BC, Feb. 11, 1929, middle child in a large and musical family. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Rossland, BC. Growing up, she was an avid skier, swimmer and roller skater. She married Joe d’Aoust on Dec. 27, 1956, moved with him to Penticton and started straightaway to raise seven children. Margaret was a well-known face in the Penticton arts community, active in Penticton Light Opera, Summerland Singers and Players, Musaic and Madrigal Singers. Very important to her was her Catholic faith, which led her to serve the community through Right To Life and Canadian Food for Children; as well, she led her parish choir for many years. Family, faith and music were everything to Mum. Her doors were open to all and her generosity, gentle humour and kindness blessed everyone she met. The family would like to thank the nurses and aides of Haven Hill for their loving care of our dear Mum. Memorial donations may be made to Penticton Birth Right.
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