A NURSE and carer who spent her life dedicated to others, has died at the age of 68.

Margaret Elizabeth Peters, nee Effemey, was born in Romsey, Hampshire, and moved to the Isle of Wight at the age of nine with her parents John and Beth and her younger brothers Graham and Philip.

Her father John Effemey had become general manager of the then only ready mixed concrete company on the Island, Gubbins and Ball. He later became known as mayor of Medina Council and the chairman of the Isle of Wight Council.

The Effemey family purchased a plot of land on the corner of Ward Avenue and Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, and built a house there.

Margaret attended Denmark Road Junior School and then what was to become Cowes High School.

Margaret chose a career in nursing, starting at a care home for patients with respiratory illnesses in Ventnor, the town known for its clean air.

From there, Margaret moved to Brighton to complete her nursing training at The Royal West Sussex Hospital where she became a theatre nurse and lived there many years.

She got married and had three children — once pregnant she could no longer work in theatre with anaesthetic, so transferred to looking after elderly patients which she continued for the rest of her career.

She moved to Worthing and, as a single parent for several years, raised her children James, Hannah and Charlotte, taking on additional jobs as well as continuing her nursing.

She had six grandsons — Noah, Elliott, George, Oliver, Alfie and James.

After divorce, Margaret married her long term partner and best friend Hilary Dore in 2019 — affectionately known by the grandsons as Grannie Hilie.

Margaret liked socialising and travelling, in particular going to Greece with Hilary.

She retired around 2017, and spent a lot of time travelling to the Island to spend time with her elderly mother, who died in May, 2020.

A funeral service for Margaret will be held at Worthing Crematorium on Thursday, August 11.