The Switzer family moved to the Blue River area of the North Thompson Valley when Margaret was 7. She left to begin a teaching career in rural BC towns including Beaton where she met her husband Shirley Oakey. They returned to Blue River in 1951 where they raised a family and lived until 1966 before moving to Quesnel. Margaret continued teaching another 16 years in Quesnel, until her retirement. In 1992 they built their retirement home on the Shuswap Lake and moved to Anglemont.
Both Margaret and Shirley were avid outdoors enthusiasts and spent their retirement years, traveling in their camper, skiing, hunting, fishing and hiking.
She was predeceased by Shirley in 1999, and is survived by her daughters, Lucille, Lois and Barbara (Dave) and grandchildren Jennifer, Melissa and Terran.
There will be a service to celebrate her life at Shorncliffe, 5847 Medusa, Sechelt on December 9, 2006 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC #300 – 828 West 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2 or the Shorncliffe auxiliary at Box 1580 Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0