Balazs, Margaret “Marge” Leona

July 17, 1927 – December 31, 2020
at the age of 93 years

Say goodbye to the Candy Lady…she has changed locations.  Marge passed away on December 31, 2020, peacefully at the age of 93.  Mom spread love, joy and chocolate bars everywhere she went!

Born on July 17, 1927 in Lashburn, SK to Ernest and Elizabeth Watson, Marge was the sixth child in a family of nine and was raised on a farm in Neilburg, SK.  She moved to New Westminster, BC where she robbed the cradle and met her future husband Ed.  Marge married Edward Balazs on July 10, 1950 and they resided in Port Moody and then moved to Port Coquitlam where they raised their four children.

When her children were grown and Ed and Marge both retired, they moved to Salmon Arm, BC.  Being snowbirds, they spent the long, Canadian winters in sunny Arizona and spent the spring and summers on the Salmon Arm acreage.  Late in life they moved to a home Ed built on Okanagan Avenue in Salmon Arm where she spent her final years.

Marge and Ed celebrated their 70-year wedding anniversary in 2020.  Marge loved to garden, dance, bake, quilt and sew.  Mom was happiest when she was doing something and boy was she happy!  In later years many a wonderful evening was spent playing cards with family and friends.  She looked forward to attending Mass each week and the social time afterwards.

Marge was pivotal in organizing the large Watson family reunions to bring together her extended family.  She was always a ray of sunshine with a love of life that shone through in all her actions.  She had a kind heart, adored her family, including her furry ones and her friends.  She will deeply be missed and always remembered for her loving ways, her warm smile, generous and beautiful spirit and amazing laugh by her husband Ed and her children: the boys David and Eric (Noria), the girl Cheryl, the other boy Paul (Lisa), her grandchildren:  Cherie Sommer, Jeffrey Pedersen, Kevan Pedersen (Adora), Katrina Pedersen, Curtis Balazs, great grand daughter Freja, her sister Bernice, extended family and friends who shared in her life.

Special thanks to team Marge members real life angels Rob Dubois, Carol Albrecht and the church crew Hildegard and Edwin for getting mom to the church on time.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


  1. Rest In Peace!! You have left an amazing legacy in your family!
    May they have comfort and peace. God bless you all!!!

  2. Rest in Peace Marg. It was always a joy to visit you.

  3. Sorry to hear Marge’s passing. We enjoyed the many dinner get togethers celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. She was always so cheerful and kind hearted sending home beautiful flowers and veggies from her garden. She will be missed. Our condolences, Vic & Eleanor Caminiti

  4. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Rest In Peace Marge, you truly will be missed.

  5. Our deepest condolences to the Balazs family. Marge was a beautiful and genuine person who made you feel welcome any time. She had a great zest for life, one that was to be admired. Enjoy Heaven Marge … You belong there.

    Cindy, Trevor and Aggie

  6. I miss your loving, caring, trusting eyes dearest of mothers. Our little greetings and you waving goodbye in the window I still look for you; but your not there. You are now everywhere, I feel your spirit and your love wherever I am. Thank you MOM for being my MOM I love you. I know you will be waiting at the gates of Paradise.
    Your son David

  7. My thoughts & prayers go out to you at this difficult time. She will deeply be missed . Her smile, laugh, kindness to all. I can still remember the beautiful dresses & pjs

    she sewed for us for Christmas. I still have one of her lovely aprons she made for me.

    Rest in peace Auntie Marge

    Your niece Lois

  8. Marge was one of those most outstanding people in life that not everyone gets an opportunity to know, how blessed I was to have her as part of my life for over 3 years!
    I never had the chance to know her before the stroke took away a great deal of her verbal communication skills but she said so much through her actions, love and light in her eyes. Thank you Marge for the many memories that will live on in all our pictures and stories. Looking forward to seeing you again some day……but hopefully not too soon!

  9. Auntie Margie’s light shone brightly for such a very long time. Her love and wisdom will be long remembered and she leaves this world a better place. Rest well Auntie, until we meet meet again.

  10. Not everyone has the opportunity in life to meet such a woman as Marge …….how blessed am I to have enjoyed her friendship for 3 years! I never had a chance to meet her before her stroke which took away a great deal of her verbal communication but she understood a great deal and spoke volumes with the love, light and kindness in her eyes. I will remember you through the many pictures we have and the touching stories and memories we all made.
    You will be greatly missed by many and I look forward to seeing you again someday Marge…….but not too soon!

  11. A Mother’s influence is immeasurable, as she shapes the minds and hearts of her children from their earliest

    years. From all the wonderful comments about Marge, it’s easy to see that her love definitely touched not only

    her children, but her friends and family all around. Indeed she will be missed!

    Sending our thoughts and prayers from California,

    Peg and Todd Meeter

  12. I enjoyed the great privilege of being a member of Team Marge.

    This most charming of women invited me to reside in the basement suite of their home, and I could not say no. After eight years of getting to know Marge and Ed and the family, I was the recipient of a lot of candy. That also means; a lot of Marge’s love, her wisdom, her smiles, her sharp opinions, and most of all, her irresistible laugh!

    As a person following the Holy Spirit, I could always see the Love of God, the Holy Spirit, shinning brightly in Marge.

    Marge will always be a light for us all to follow.

    May God’s grace, peace, and blessings be with you forever Marge.

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