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Margo Rae Ellis

June 21, 1927 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old

Margo Rae Ellis Obituary

In Loving Memory Of
Margo Rae Ellis


Margo Rae (Rehill) Ellis, was born on the summer solstice in 1927 and died February 13, 2024 at 96 years of age. Daughter of Dr. Ross Rehill and Edna (Anderson) Rehill, Rae was raised in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and she retained a love of wide-open skies for life. Her only sibling and beloved older brother, Don, died as a WWII pilot.  Rae also obtained her pilot’s licence, and sometimes flew her father to remote communities to attend to his patients.

Rae moved to Vancouver in her early 20s and soon after married Hugh “Kendy” Ellis. They raised four children in the city and then Tsawwassen before divorcing in 1974. Years later she married Ken Barrass in Calgary and they moved to Denman Island in 1984 where Rae lived for about 20 years, the last half as a single woman. Always embracing change, at 75 years old Rae moved to West Vancouver and at 95 to Courtenay.

Throughout her life, Rae was an active volunteer and supporter of a diversity of health, arts and youth organizations. She volunteered for the Cancer Society, Girl Guides, the churches she attended, the Delta Community Arts Society, the Ladner Community Hall and co-founded the Denman Island Spinners and Weavers. She once was the chair of the BC Paraplegic Association and of the Denman and Hornby Community Health Care Society. Rae was also an imaginative organizer of community and fundraising events; for a number of years she turned the family home into a temporary art gallery for the Delta Community Arts Society and the family barn into a nativity scene performance to raise money for the Empty Stocking Fund.  

Rae didn’t shy from trying new things. She took a turn at being a real estate agent and at owning a health food store, a wool shop, and a craft store. She designed three of her homes. She was an enthusiastic creator, photographer, a spinner, knitter and weaver. She loved the outdoors and often could be found hiking, fishing, camping or sailing. Tennis was also a passion which she played well into her 70s. The crib board was always handy in her home and she was an ace at duplicate bridge. She was an excellent host.

Rae nurtured close relationships with friends near and far, young and old, over decades. She is fondly admired by a wide network of extended family, friends, community members and staff at Glacier View Lodge. As the latter will attest, Rae retained her sense of humour until the end. We thank them for their loving care.

Rae was predeceased by an infant son, Robert, and is survived by four children, Megan, Jim, David (Beth) and Jenn (Mike), and three grandchildren, Hannah, Emma and Adrienne.

If you would like to be notified of an online celebration of life for Rae, or would like to send the family a favourite photo of Rae, please email: MargoRaeEllis@gmail.com. You can view a slideshow of Rae below (hit Play button to start). 

In lieu of flowers, donations to a cause Rae herself supported would be an appreciated way of honouring her long life.



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