Archibald, Margaret Catherine – Age 74, Upper Musquodoboit, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016, in the VG Site, QEII, Halifax. Born in Mooseland, she was the youngest daughter of the late Ernest and Catherine (Taylor) Prest.
Mom grew up in Mooseland, and attended a one-room school for her early education until grade 7; she then went to Musquodoboit Rural High School. After graduation, she took nursing training at the then Camp Hill Veterans Hospital, Halifax. There she met our father, Billie, and they were married on October 6, 1962. Mom moved to the family farm in Upper Musquodoboit, where they raised their three children, worked, and recently lived until her illness. She pursued many interests over the years. Not only was she a hard-working farmer’s wife, she found time to be a wonderful talented seamstress, crafter and homemaker, to name but a few. She was very active in her community. When her eldest child started high school, she went back to nursing, working many hard hours of shift work from 1976 to 1991. During that time, she made and kept many cherished friendships with her co-workers. Mom’s smile and twinkling blue eyes lit every room she was in. Everyone was a “dear”, “hon”, or “honey”.
She loved and cherished her children and grandchildren, and will be forever missed by children, Nova Lee (Ken Horne), Dartmouth; Natalie Bell (Michael Fulton), Middle Musquodoboit; Trent (Heidi Higgins), Upper Musquodoboit; grandchildren, Nathan, Madelyn and Gregory Horne; Benjamin and Molly Bell; Libby and Lucy Archibald; sisters, Ramona Reynolds, Upper Musquodoboit; Norma Kennedy, Dartmouth; sisters-in-law, Bonnie, Joan and Alice; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Billie; son-in-law, Colin Bell; brothers-in-law, Harry, Parker, Samuel, Jimmie; sisters-in-law, Frances, Eileen and Norma.
Visitation will be Monday, 6:30-8 p.m., and funeral service will be Tuesday, at 2 p.m., both in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Rev. Dr. Linda Yates officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
A heartfelt thank you to all those involved in Mom’s care for the past four months.