Bews, Margaret Anita “Marg”

BEWS, wMarch 5, 1920 – April 20, 2013

at the age of 93 years

Memorial Service:  Friday, May 3, 2013 @  2:00 p.m.,
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1981 9th Avenue NE, Salmon Arm

Margaret Anita Bews (nee Reid) passed away suddenly at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on April 20th, 2013 with her daughter by her side.

Born on March 5, 1920 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, to Janet (nee Hannah) and Wesley Reid, Marg spoke fondly of the warm and loving home her parents created for their children: Borden, Kay, Margaret, Mary and Jack.  Following the death of her mother when she was 11 and her father when she was 18, Marg, a hairdresser, and her older sister Kay, a bookkeeper, took on the challenge of maintaining that happy home for their two younger siblings.

On August 9, 1941, Marg and Bill Bews married. Their next 61 years together were filled with love, caring and compassion for family and friends alike.

Their door was always open and Marg was always ready and pleased to whip up a delicious dinner.  Marg and Bill were always active members in the church in the many communities they lived in throughout SK, Man., ON and BC.

In 1973, Marg and Bill retired to Sunnybrae, where they built their dream home on the beautiful Shuswap. Here, Marg discovered her
artistic side as a member of the Sunnybrae Painters and perfected her craft as a hostess and fantastic baker.

They enjoyed 25 years there, moving to Salmon Arm only when their health began to fail.

Marg was pre-deceased by her daughter Kay (Kathleen) and son-in-law (Cliff Gordon) in 1973, her beloved Bill in 2002 and all of her siblings.

She is fondly remembered by her children – grandchildren – great grandchildren: Gary Bews (Jean) of Canmore AB; Shannon (Grant), Reid (Carolin)-Eric-John, Jason (Sherrie)-Monique-BillyHeather Beltz (Garry) of Virden MB; Brent (Heather)-Josh-Jessie-Zachary, Todd (Jennifer)-Taylor-Teyanna, Jean Hobbs (Steve) of Tappen, BC; Andrea (Danny)-Luka, Christina-Logan, Darren-Kirsten-Jordan, Lisa (Simon)-Britta, Janet (Jason)-Belle

Her sister Mary’s spouse, Alfred Johnson, of Victoria, BC , her brother Jack’s wife, Iris, of Vancouver, BC, Bob and Dorothy Bews, Peg (Margaret) Bews, Lenny (Lenora) Bews, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and her Great Friend, Joey Whitmore, of Grindrod, BC.

Many thanks to the amazing staff at Hillside Village, especially everyone at Cottage 2, and Mom’s previous caregivers at Pioneer Lodge and Shuswap Lodge.

Also to the staff and volunteers at the Churches of Salmon Arm Thrift Shop and Marg’s many friends.

Celebration of life to be held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, at 2:00 pm on May 3rd, 2013.

Donations to Hillside Village Salmon Arm gratefully accepted in lieu of flowers.




  1. To Jean and family
    I was sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and sorry I wasn’t able to make it to her service. I guess I am not in the loop and I don’t hear about much anymore. I know how much you cared for her and even though you were probably prepared for this it is still very hard.
    Thinking of you

  2. On behalf of the Sunnybrae Painting Group we would like to extend our sympathy to the family of Marg. She was a lovely, gentle lady, with a lot of talent, some of us who are still painting with the group and remember her well. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our condolences and thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Sincerely, Janice Scott.

  3. We will miss her so much and will be thinking of you all

  4. Gary & Jean, Heather & Buck, Jean & Steve, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Aunt Marg will always be remembered as a very special lady, loved by all who knew her. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Bev

  5. I would like to be with everyone to express my sympathies on the passing of my Mom-in-law Margaret Bews. Because of my recent surgery it is not possible. My deepest sympathies to Gary & Jean, Heather, Jean & Steve: to all Marg’s grandchildren,& great grandkids and to her special Pal Joey.
    I’m sure we all have great memories of taking supper down to the beach in a wagon and “special cabinet” on wheels. Marg’s cooking and baking was soooo good, but it was so much better on the open fire on the beach.
    Remembering the memories……….Buck

  6. Deepest sympathy to all of Marg’s family. She will be sadly missed. She was one of my best friends and a dear sister-in-law. Wonderful memories of a great lady. Condolences to all.

  7. To all the Bews family:
    my thoughts are with you on your Mother’s passing. She was a wonderful lady.

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