SIMONS, Margaret Edith

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Margaret Edith Simons
August 4th 1929 ~ March 18th 2022

Marg passed peacefully with her son Wayne holding her hand. Marg was born and raised in Toronto. While at the Ontario College of Art she met fellow student Arthur, her husband of 67 years.

Marg and Art honeymooned in the Rockies and ran a youth hostel at Miette Hot Springs. Son Bob was born shortly after in 1953. After Ken and Wayne were born (1956 and 1963) the family moved to Salt Spring Island and in 1966 Marg taught art at the elementary school for several years. In the early to mid 70s she taught adults a variety of art subjects including Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Marg was an early exhibitor at ArtSpring and in the 70s Marg grew into being a pioneer of social justice on Salt Spring “think globally act locally”. She was a founding member of Ometepe Coffee Collective, Raging Grannies, Voice of Women (she was sent to Geneva as a delegate for Voice of Women) and many other causes; example, Arpilleras from Chile.

As family, one of the endearing memories of the last three decades was Art and Marg’s magic Tuesdays where they would roam on bicycles, foot and ferry within a 100 km radius of Salt Spring keeping detailed illustrated journals of those journeys. Marg and Art sold the family home in Fulford in 2015 and spent a few happy years in Meadowbrook, then in declining health they shared a room at Extended Care.

A big thank you to the staff of Extended Care particularly in the last 2 years while Marg was alone there. Marg was predeceased by husband Art in 2020 and son Bob in 1999, she leaves sons Ken and Wayne and seven grandchildren.

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