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Margaret Mary Dowkes

November 12, 1923 - March 30, 2011


With sad hearts the family of Margaret Mary Dowkes of Nelson announces her passing at Nelson Jubilee Manor on March 30, 2011.
Margaret was born to Austin and Gertrude Simpson in St. James, Manitoba. She was the eldest of seven children. The family moved to Ottawa when she was very young. There she grew up and graduated from Commerce High School in 1939 at the age of 16. After high school she worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia until the start of the war.
Margaret’s brothers Arthur, Lloyd, Robert, and her father enlisted in late 1939 early 1940’s. With her father”s permission and lying about her age she also enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force WD at a very young age. Margaret served in Ontario and Quebec as an office clerk, general office (C.R), the police office, and her favorite posting in the flight control tower. It was during her service in the RCAF that she met Gordon Miranda and together they had six children. They worked in the Forest Service in many areas of Northern Ontario.
When Margaret and Gordon parted ways, she went to Dryden, Ontario where she met and married Neil Hutchison in 1961. She had three more children (only one surviving). Neil passed away in 1965 and Margaret stayed in Dryden until she moved to British Columbia in 1968/69.
Margaret worked various jobs in Nelson until she met and eventually married Lloyd Dowkes. They had a small excavator business, with which she learned to drive trucks and various other equipment, while Lloyd worked as an electrician. Most people would remember Margaret from working at the Nelson Parkade and the Nelson City Dump, with which they held contracts for many years. Eventually the RDCK took over the Nelson Dump, but she held her contract until her retirement in December 1999, when she was 76 years young.
Margaret worked hard most of her life and one regret she had was that she had very few long lasting friendships. Those she did have were special in her memories. Margaret had a very special brother-in-law and sister-in-law who she considered more than family, but also called very close friends in her life, Liz and Allan Hutchison, in Dryden, Ontario.
Sadly, Margaret is predeceased by her husbands Neil Hutchison (1965), and Lloyd Dowkes (2001), her oldest son Karl Miranda, daughter Donna Dumphy, and three babies.
Margaret leaves behind one sister, Beatrice Christie of Ottawa, Ontario.
She is survived by her children Gary (Jenny) Miranda, Doug (Sheila) Miranda of Edmonton, Stan Miranda of Calgary, Lynne (Larry) Martin of Kamloops and Sheila (Bill) Kootnikoff of Nelson.
Margaret is also survived by Lloyd’s children, her step children, Lloyd Jr, Helen, Shirley, Peter, and Bev.
Between the blended families there are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with the latest born January of this year. There were also many nieces and nephews.
As an expression of sympathy, friends and family may make donations to the Nelson Jubilee Manor, or to the Legion Branch 51 in Nelson.
The family wishes to thank Dr. K. Bridger and the nursing staff at Jubilee Manor for making Mom’s last years with us as comfortable as possible. Your care and concern meant a lot to us.
A Celebration of Margaret”s life will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the Royal Canadian Legion, 402 Victoria Street, Nelson, BC.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Susan Mawson
Relation: friend

My sincere condolences. Marg was a good friend always open and honest and very helpful lady. Rest in Peace Marg.

From: TammyLynn Miranda
Relation: granddaughter

Well Grandma, you finally get to rest in peace. I am sorry we weren’t in better contact in the last years but it was difficult with you not having a memory. I hope you carry some good memories with you as you pass. I am sorry it took so long to post this but I had to come to terms with some things first. Rest in Peace and hopefully you will meet up with you children again and say hello to dad for me and give him a big hug. I hope you had a good Easter and will have many more to come with your loved ones up there.
Love, Tammy

From: Jen Kootnikoff
Relation: granddaughter

Grandma, you were one of the greatest women i have ever known. The lessons you taught me and the memories i have of us will be forever cherished. I see glimpses of you in my daughter, so i know you are never fully gone. I love you and miss you and i know you are watching over us all.

From: Kristina Kootnikoff
Relation: Grandma

I miss you Grandma…. I just found a picture of you tucked away and thought forever lost… I’m still lost without you, I think of you most every day… I miss your guidance, your strength, the very blunt way you can put things. I miss your smile, your laugh and your hugs, your hugs I miss a lot. It still hurts today like it did that day, but that hurt has taught me a strength that has sustained me throughout my years. Thank you Grandma for being my grandma (like you were to so many). Love you …rest easy

Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
May 22, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

Royal Canadian Legion
402 Victoria Street
Nelson, BC Canada

402 Victoria Street
Nelson, BC Canada

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