MARGARET ANN MAXSON (PRITCHARD)
NOVEMBER 1, 1928 – JUNE 27, 2011
Margaret Ann Maxson “Doodie” 82 of Westbank, B.C. passed on peacefully June 27, 2011 in
Kelowna General Hospital after a brief illness. Margaret was born in Kelowna Nov. 1, 1928 the
daughter of Okanagan
Pioneers Richard and Marjorie Pritchard who moved to the area in 1919. Margaret grew up in
Westbank and began her
education in the two-room school taught by her mother. She
graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Vancouver where she was a prefect, and won honors in Academics,
Badminton and Basketball. She attended the
University of British Columbia.
Other than a brief stay in the Caribou, she has lived in
Westbank her entire life. She worked as a Women’s editor for the Kelowna Courier, B.C. Tree Fruits and was a
Secretary at George Pringle High School. She volunteered at St. George’s church playing the organ for Sunday school and singing in the Choir, at the Kelowna Riding Club as
Secretary, at Westbank Elementary as founding President of the PTA, and was Secretary of the Westbank Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the original founders of the Westbank Neighborhood association, Chairman of the Westbank Irrigation District at a time of critical change, and was jokingly called “Mayor Marg”. She cared deeply about Westbank and worked hard toward a strong and
attractive community core.
She loved all things, particularly horses, dogs, cats and her garden. She won many awards for her roses at the fall fair.
She was, above all, an orchardist all her life and was able to succeed at a time when there were few women in the field. She was proud of often being the “top grower”
at the packing house.
She is survived by her daughter Christyanne Maxson/son-
in-law Bruce Colford and Grandchildren Kaleigh and Sean Colford of San Diego, Sister Bobbi Coates, Sister-in-law
She was predeceased by her Brother Dudley Pritchard, and Sister Joan Pritchard Weston.
The Funeral will be held at St. Georges in Westbank at
1:30 Thursday, July 7.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the B.C. Diabetic fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or charity of
your choice in her memory.