Madge Cole PAINTER


Madge Cole (nee Petter)

 July 15, 1908 – April 25, 2007

Madge was a wonderful mum to Barbara (Andy) Glass and Joe (Cheryl) Painter.  She has one granddaughter, Jill Painter, who she loved dearly.  She believed she would one day join her husband, Joseph Marriner Painter, son, Joseph Harry C. Painter, parents and four sisters who predeceased her.

Madge was born in Yeovil, Somerset, Eng. and emigrated with her parents, her twin and three older sisters to Alberta in 1910, and moved to B.C. in 1920.   In the mid 1930’s she started working as a cook at Painter’s Lodge, where the first day she met her future husband, Joe.  She later managed Painter’s Tyee Auto Camp and also worked in the office at Painter’s Lodge.  She had many interests over the years such as gardening, sewing, fishing, the “fat club” group where they’d weigh in, but then celebrate each other’s birthdays over lunch and other parties, but mainly she just enjoyed people and her dogs and cats who meant so much to her.  Madge lived in Campbell River until 2003 and we would like to thank friends and family who helped her during her last years there.

The Kinsmen Retirement Centre in Tsawwassen which has been her home for over the past two years with their very caring staff made sure she suffered no discomfort in her last few days and she was enjoying some of their activities and going out until three days before passing away with her daughter beside her.  We would like to thank Dr. Colleen Lee for her care over the past 3-1/2 years which included surviving cancer and more recently a heart attack.  Instead of flowers, donations in her memory to the BC Cancer Agency, Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the CNIB would be much appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Madge in the Granny Painter Room at Painter’s Lodge, Campbell River, BC on Tuesday, June 26 at 3 PM.  There will be time for anyone who wishes to say a few words about their memories of Madge over the years.  She had a long and mainly happy life and she will be missed so much.

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