Fernie’s centenarian, Margaret Mary Bella, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the age of 103. The eldest of 14 children, Margaret was born in Fernie on April 7, 1915. She resided at Rocky Mountain Village for the past thirteen years under the watchful eyes and excellent care of the staff.
Margaret is survived by her three sisters: Pat Gigliotti of Cranbrook, BC, Carmen (Ken) Carr of Medford, Oregon and Delphine (Jim) Kennelly of Cranbrook, as well as many nieces and nephews, and her loyal friends in Victoria, BC. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth (Hovan) Bella, five brothers and six sisters.
Margaret graduated from the Holy Cross Hospital Nursing School in Calgary, AB. She joined the Royal Canadian Navy when World War II broke out and was initially posted to Halifax, NS before being sent to Victoria. Margaret continued to serve until her retirement and remained in Victoria until relocating to Fernie in 2005.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Holy Family Catholic Church, in Fernie on Saturday, November 3, 2018 with Father David John, Celebrant. Reception followed in the church hall. Interment will take place in the Spring of 2019.
Memorial tributes may be made n Margaret’s name to Rocky Mountain Village Ladies Auxiliary. 55 Cokato Rd. Fernie, BC V0B 1M4.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com, Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.