Margaret Williams turned 100 on March 30 this year, with the celebratory shindig being held at the Rotary Villa. Relatives came from all over southern B.C. to ring in the turn of her century.
Although born in a small house in Nakusp, Margaret grew up in Burton. The two-storey log house built there is still in the family, being looked after by younger generations.
Her marriage to husband Alf saw her move to Edgewood. Even though he had lost an eye in an accident as a boy, Alf was and excellent marksman, serving as a sharp-shooter. Both Margaret and Alf enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Kootenays, as a photo on display at the party of Margaret with a bear she’d shot proved.
Lively and sharp, Williams recalled clearing the land, building and running the Spruce Grove Cafe. The restaurant saw a lot of business, too much for Margaret’s heart condition, so she moved on in life.
Within the last few years, Margaret has returned to her birthplace Nakusp to live in senior housing. Her sister, 98 years old, made the trip to town from the Okanagan to celebrate the special day.
A big birthday calls for big celebrations, and a party was also held in Edgewood in honour of Margaret. She also received letters from the Queen and the Governor General.
Congratulations, Margaret. May we all be as filled with life on our centennial.