Margaret Beaton Cairney, 83, of Santa Maria, passed away December 5, 2011 at home with family members by her side.
Margaret was born on October 26, 1928 in Clydebank, Scotland to William and Margaret Robb. She spent her formative years in and about the Clydebank area including ‘the next town over’ the Village of Duntocher, where some time after being crowned “Miss Clydebank of 1942” she met John “Jack” Cairney whom she married on December 31, 1948. In a marriage of 63 years, Jack and Margaret raised seven children (six boys and one girl) and moved from Scotland to Canada and then to the United States, settling in Lompoc in 1969 where they opened up Alfie’s, a British style fish and chips restaurant. In 1980 they left the operation of the business to their daughter, Colleen, and moved to Point Roberts, located near the Canadian border with close proximity to the San Juan Islands. They lived there enjoying life and sailing on Captain Jack’s sailboat for some 20 years while making frequent visits back to Lompoc. In 2004 they moved to Santa Maria to be closer to family.
Margaret, with her thick Scottish brogue which she maintained throughout her life, attracted people to her where ever she went because she was full of fun, could really enjoy a ‘good laugh’ and was a very loyal friend. A perpetual traveler who loved visiting with family and friends far and wide, she also enjoyed playing bingo and bunco, was a member of the British Wives Club and was known for always insisting on putting out ‘something nice to have with the tea.’
Margaret is survived by her husband Jack, and her children, Jack (Sharon) Cairney of Vancouver, B.C., Cameron (Anne) Cairney of Long Beach, CA, Brian (Terri) Cairney of Palo Alto, CA, Raymond (Susan) Cairney of Delta, B.C., Grant (Julie) Cairney of Aliso Viejo, CA and Colleen (Timothy) Staffel of Santa Maria; her sister, Betty Wray of Toronto, Ontario and six grandchildren, Michelle, Cameron, Shannon, Sean, Jonathan and Lorrel and one great grand child, Amelia Lorelei, who was born December 3, 2011. She was preceded in death by her youngest son Gordon.
Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Private interment of her ashes back in the Central Lowlands near the River Clyde will occur at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.