LEHMANN, Margaret Annie
September 28, 1922 — December 26, 2015
A woman of many accomplishments and great talents, Margaret Annie Lehmann passed away on December 26, at the age of 93. She was pre-deceased by her husband Fred in 2008.
Margaret was born in Newcastle, Pennsylvania to musical, artistic parents who passed their talents and interests on to their only child. Margaret excelled in many art forms and worked with a range of media including oils, pastels, clay, and metal. She was accomplished in photography and music and was an active member of several choirs including the Lively Arts Singers, the United and Trinity Church Choirs, and the Kelowna Symphony Choir. Margaret played the harmonica beautifully and loved accompanying singers.
In her youth Margaret showed her love for horses, and indeed for all animals. She spent many years working with horses—training, jumping, showing, and acting as a whipper-in with the Toronto North York Hunt. While in Ontario Margaret met her future husband, Fred Lehmann, a native of Switzerland. They spent several years in various parts of Canada before settling in Kelowna in 1962 where they acted as managers of Far West Farms, land now known as Crawford Estates.
Working as a veterinarian assistant, Margaret demonstrated a wonderful way with sick and injured animals. Since at that time, her employer, Dr. Paddy Clarke, was the only vet in the area, she was often called upon to look after his practice on her own. She loved the work and was very good at it. For many years Margaret also found another passion by performing as a docent at the Kelowna Art Gallery where she inspired many children to appreciate art. In addition, Margaret volunteered at the Kelowna Hospital and at retirement homes. Her kind, gentle and understanding manner made her well-suited to bring pleasure to the people she visited.
Margaret will be remembered not only for her several talents and community service, but also for her kindness and extreme generosity. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held on Thursday, March 31st at 10:00 am at the Village at Mill Creek, 1450 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 4M7. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”
The service for LEHMANN, Margaret Annie is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.