Margaret Ann Maxson (Pritchard)

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

Eleanor Pritchard.

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.

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