Marguerite Thring (nee Campbell)

Marguerite Thring (nee Campbell), devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and active community member passed away peacefully at Minto House, Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp on Remembrance Day, November 11th, at the age of 91. Marguerite was born on a farm near Fairlight, Saskatchewan on June 1, 1925, the third child and first born girl to Leslie Roy Campbell and Hazel May Campbell (nee Nesmith). In 1935, the Campbell family made their way to British Columbia, buying a dairy just outside of the scenic community of New Denver in the West Kootenay region of the province. It was at this dairy, the Campbell Ranch, nestled against the backdrop of Goat Mountain that Marguerite and her three brothers spent their childhood, blessed with a view of Slocan Lake, the Valhalla Range and the New Denver Glacier. Marguerite loved to tell stories of her three brothers, her walks to and from school in New Denver, and her pitching days for the girls’ softball team. After high school graduation, Marguerite travelled to Regina where she attended commerce school and this led to a job as a teller at the bank of Montreal in Trail in the late 1940’s. In the meantime, Walt Thring, also a native of New Denver, returned from his overseas duty for the Canadian Armed Forces to a job at Cominco. After a yearlong courtship, Walt and Marguerite were married. They moved back to New Denver, purchasing a grocery store, Thring’s Shop Easy Market. Their three children, Doug, Leslie Ann and Shelley were born and raised in New Denver. Community service was important to both Marguerite and Walt before and after retirement. Marguerite worked as secretary to the New Denver Hospital, the Ministry of Social Services and finally as secretary for Kam Kotia/Dickinson Mines. Walt and Marguerite enjoyed traveling and escaping Kootenay winters in Arizona. In 1989, Marguerite’s (age 63) world collapsed when Walt passed away suddenly at the age of 71. Marguerite filled the void by spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren, doing volunteer work, and singing in the Valhalla Community Choir and Golden Oldies Singers. At the age of 89, Marguerite moved into Minto House at Arrow Lakes Hospital. She passed away peacefully, her daughter Shelley at her bedside. Marguerite leaves her three children, six granddaughters, eight great grandsons and one brand new great granddaughter. The Thring family would like to thank Dr. Brian Skrenes and Dr. Michael Maiger at Slocan Community Health Care Centre, Dr. Norm Lea and the Minto House staff at Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp, for their excellent care over the years. Special thanks to the many, many thoughtful and caring friends and acquaintances in New Denver and area who made Marguerite’s life as special as it was. Thanks as well to everyone in Nakusp who made Marguerite’s transition from her beloved home in New Denver easier by welcoming her to their community. A CELEBRATION of Marguerite’s life will be held at the Bosun Hall in New Denver on JULY 29th, 2017 at 2:00 pm; everyone who knew her are welcome to attend.

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