June 30, 1927 – July 27, 2021
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful loving mom, grandmother and great grandmother, Margaret (Muddy) Chipman.
Margaret was a Port Alberni girl through and through. She was born in Alberni and except for a few years in the Sarita River logging camp, spent all of her life in the Alberni Valley. She married her life partner Blake Chipman in 1947 at the age of 19 and raised four children, who along with their families were her pride and joy. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Blake Chipman in 2010 and her parents, Anton and Dikka Jorgensen, her two brothers Rasmus (Ray) and Loren Jorgensen, and her granddaughter Jodie Sharien Williams.
Margaret was a cheerful, full-of-fun woman, who loved nothing more than getting a smile or a laugh out of the most somber person. She was quick to see the humourous side of life and was friendly to everyone she knew and met. She owned and operated the Sarita River coffee shop, worked at Super Valu, managed the Plywood’s cafeteria, and co-owed the Blue Door café at the foot of Argyle. She was a life-long and engaged member of the Sons of Norway, Nordly Lodge #20, where she helped raise funds for donations to the West Coast General hospital and other causes. She also volunteered as the manager of the Lodge’s Midnight Suns’ homes for many years. Her most recent volunteer time was spent at the Community Police ServiceofficeattheQuay. Forthepastseveralyears,ifshewasn’tspending time with family, or creatively knitting, she could be found at the Casino, playing bingo or at the machines, ever hopeful of that big windfall that she could share with family. She made many friends in life and with her keen memory and love of people, she had limitless stories and memories to share.
Margaret leaves behind her four children, Sharien (Ted) Williams, Sandra (Gordon) Reid, Rick Chipman (Cindy Brassard) and Susan Cocks, as well as nine grand children and their spouses and partners, and eleven great grandchildren — all of whom adored her, cherished her hugs, and will miss her cheery voice and bright smile. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who she kept close to her heart, despite the challenges of time and distance.
Margaret was generous with her love and she was well loved in return. She will be deeply missed. Rest in peace mom, gramma, great gramma, Muddy, Margaret.
A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Margaret would love everyone to help a stranger or simply hug someone near and dear, and of course, remember her with a smile on your face.
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