June 25, 1937 – February 12, 2019
After a courageous battle with cancer, Margaret (Young) Kenworthy passed away peacefully with family at her side on February 12, 2019. Margaret leaves behind Bruce Kenworthy, her husband of almost forty-five years, her son Adrian (Lisa) Kenworthy, her daughter Amanda (Ben) Bowcott, and step-daughters Linda (Paul) Crocock and Janice (Alan) Herrington. She is beloved by her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Margaret also leaves behind her nieces Vonda Malamas (Tom) and Karin (Garett) Hardie, and other nieces and nephews living overseas.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Donald Young and Gladys Millicent Pearce, her oldest brother Wallace (Val) Young, and her two sisters Kathleen (John) Goldsborough and Jean Frostad. She is survived by her younger brother Andrew Young and her brother-in-law, Kristian Frostad.
Margaret was born in East Bolden, northeastern England. After studying Nursing in England, she caught the travel bug and as a young lady travelled to Australia where she obtained employment as a “Nanny” for a few years. She immigrated to Canada in 1967 and established a long career in Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Langley Memorial Hospital. Margaret became life-long friends with many of her nursing colleagues. In recent years she enjoyed weekly Tuesday evening get togethers at “TOPS” with her many friends.
Margaret and Bruce were married on November 1, 1974, and in the summer of 1979, they moved from their home in Port Coquitlam to their “farm” in S. Langley where they built a beautiful home on four acres of property. Margaret was very hardworking as she juggled family, nursing, and the many responsibilities on the farm. She loved to see a beautiful sunset and reminisce with dear friends and family. In April 2010, Bruce and Margaret moved to their present home in Langley.
She was known as “Nana” to her grandchildren and they loved to visit with her. Nana’s Trifle dessert was a “big hit” with them. Margaret loved to knit and many of her grandchildren had a beautiful knitted sweater made by her. She was devoted to her youngest granddaughters, Jayde and Mia, and spent precious time together.
Margaret was a real adventurer. She loved to travel, having visited countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. One of her favourite places that she visited was Cape Town, South Africa. She loved its beauty. Another adventure took her and Bruce on a cruise to South America and Antarctica. Family excursions to Alaska and the Yukon, a cross-Canada tour in 1984, as well as numerous family fishing trips throughout BC, brought special memories. Over the years, Margaret and Bruce travelled often to visit Bruce’s sisters Joan and Fran, and their families in Elnora, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.
Margaret was an early riser and often took the family dog, Sophie, for early morning and afternoon walks. She also enjoyed reading and listening to her favourite singer Andrea Bocelli. In later years, Margaret enjoyed the opportunity to go to the theatre with her niece, Vonda and visiting Granville Island.
Special thanks to Adrian and Amanda for being so kind and caring with their beloved Mom as she was able to remain at home under their watchful care these past months.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1 pm at The Langley Golf Centre located at 21550 – 44th Avenue, Langley, BC, V3A 7N1. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Margaret’s behalf to the BC Cancer Foundation https://bccancerfoundation.com/.