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DESHARNAIS, Margaret Elizabeth (née Labonte Smith)

January 29, 1939 — October 8, 2022

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Desharnais from cancer, on the morning of Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Margaret was born and grew up in Cranbrook, British Columbia, where she attended school and met her husband of 60 years, Lionel. Margaret trained as a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital. She and Lionel then travelled across the country, living in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, before settling in Kelowna where she built her life and provided a home for her family. She was a woman of integrity, wit and love. She had a remarkable thirst for knowledge and remained ever-curious. She always had a book (or three) and numerous complex word and crossword puzzles on the go. Her family relied on her sharp intellect, deep thoughtfulness, sage advice, and keen eye for design and style. She enjoyed all the Okanagan had to offer, playing golf, tennis, and skiing. Margaret leaves behind her loving husband Lionel; children Craig (Hazel), Shannon (Laird), and Matthew; and grandchildren Hannah and Ben (Craig and Hazel), and Emmeline and Annabel (Shannon and Laird), who will carry her memory always.

As per Margaret’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Kelowna Hospice House.

Warm thanks to the staff of Kelowna Hospice House, to Margaret’s doctors, and to Springfield Funeral Home, whose kindness and care were a great comfort to us all.

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  • Krista Freeman says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the Desharnais family on your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending love and hugs.
    Jamie and Krista

  • Beverly M. Margaret Brewer says:

    So sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. Unfortunately we have never been able to be in touch since we were classmates at
    St. Paul’s. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother & grandmother. She will be missed. I am so sorry that we had not had a chance to keep in touch with her over the years .
    Beverly Brewer (Baird) Class of 1960

  • Jacquie Brock says:

    Condolences to Margaret’s family on her loss. I remember her fondly from the class of 1960.
    Jacquie Brock (Long)

  • Elizabeth ( Byrne ) Kosi says:

    So sorry to hear the news ! Nice to hear about her life after St . Paul’s . Margaret was always reticent – but with firm opinions I remember – She was a 7 th floor angel
    Great memories of our youth – special condolences to Lionel and family – would love to have played tennis or golf with her – !

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