March 18, 1951 – June 11, 2021
With profound sadness we share the quiet passing of Marg Frankish at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, on Friday, June 11, 2021, after her stoic and courageous battle with a recurring cancer. Her loving husband, Brian, was by her side.
Marg was born on March 18, 1951, in Vancouver, BC. At the age of three, she moved with her family from Kamloops, BC, to Edmonton, Alberta, where she grew up. Highland dancing was a major part of those growing-up years. The bonnie lass competed successfully throughout Canada, the US, and in Scotland. These forays, and an extensive trip through the Middle East and Europe with her parents and her brother Glen in 1968, sparked in Marg a life-long love of travel.
In 1973, she completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. Campus days were the time of developing long-lasting friendships especially with members of “The Carpool.” The car was named “Chester 4 Knots,” and the chauffeur, Brian Frankish, became her future husband and life partner. The antics and the reunions with this special group are legendary.
Marg and Brian were married in Edmonton on July 29, 1978, with Brian’s young son, OJ, as ring-bearer. They started their married life together in their beautiful heritage home in Huntingdon, BC (now Abbotsford) where their son, Scott, was born in 1987.
Marg enjoyed a very successful career as an elementary school teacher, first at Rundle Elementary School in Edmonton, and then in Abbotsford at Maclure, Simpson and Ross Elementary Schools. “Mrs. Frankish” loved her work and doted on her students.
Her kindness and compassion infused the instruction she provided. Marg often pressed Brian into service if she needed some extra hands preparing bulletin boards or rehearsing for school performances. Her car, the ‘Margillac’, was a fixture in all the school parking lots where Marg taught.
Marg and Brian were a team! They found great joy in working together, living life to the fullest. Together they contributed so much to the Abbotsford Community, volunteering for events like Canada Day, Western Canada Summer Games, Skills Canada BC, and many others. Skiing, curling and being a supportive and enthusiastic Hockey Mom at Scott’s hockey games rounded out her sports interests.
In 2010, Marg retired from teaching. She celebrated this milestone by feeding her travel bug with a trip to Europe with Brian and the boys. Cruising was one of her favourite holidays and, together, she and Brian cruised the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the inside passage to Alaska, not to mention countless crossings to Victoria. Her last cruise, in the fall of 2019, was around the Hawaiian Islands and back across the Pacific Ocean to Vancouver.
Marg was a real lady and a wonderful hostess. She will be fondly and forever remembered for her style and grace, her warmth and generosity, her thoughtfulness, kindness, sense of fun and infectious laughter.
She was a beloved presence in the lives of her extended family and her friends. Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her devoted husband, Brian, son Scott Frankish (Stacie), stepson OJ Frankish (Alena), grandson Kirill, brother Glen Campbell (Cheryl), sisters-in-law Lynn Mowat and Leslie Frankish, her nieces, nephews, cousins, grand- nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends. Marg was predeceased by her parents Margaret “Peggy” (nee Davidson) and Alexander Campbell.
Celebrations of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a program that Marg believed in and supported, the Starfish Pack. Donations can be made at abbotsfordfoodbank.com/starfishpack.
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