Margaret Tulner, 90, of Pikeville, Tennessee died peacefully Friday, June 22, 2018 in Cumberland County, Tennessee.
She was born Grietje Swart August 27, 1927 in Oude Bildtzijl, Friesland, the Netherlands to the late Lammert and Truike DeVries Swart. During the WWII German occupation of her country, Margaret, a tall blonde village girl riding her bike to work or visiting family, assisted the local underground resistance by smuggling documents and other items past German checkpoints.
As newlyweds, she and her husband Peter immigrated to the province of Quebec in 1948 and later to Ontario, Canada where they became Canadian citizens and raised a family. She worked at many jobs to help them get ahead in the world. In 1980 they moved to Pikeville, for Pete’s work, and built a home on Upper East Valley Road where they lived until 1996 when they moved to Crossville. During her residence in the valley, she helped start the Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Nine Mile Extension Homemakers Club for many years. She loved gardening and was an avid knitter of colorful caps for charity fund raisers. She kept her ties to the valley as long as she was able.
After 65 years of marriage, Peter died in 2013.
She is survived by her daughter, Trudy Campbell; son, Barry Peter (Inna Rostorhuieva) Tulner, all of Canada; grandchildren, Kathy Campbell (Jeff) Schoenberger, Sheana Campbell McGregor, Ada Campbell (Finn) Hung, Alicia and Wesley Tulner, Tymur Rostorhuiev; great-grandchildren, Alanna and Alexandra Zetchus, Tyler and Natalie Hung, Landon and Liam McGregor; two generations of nieces and nephews, special friends, and neighbors, Dave Young, Jennie Williams, and Dalton and Carolyne Knight.
In deference to Margaret’s wishes, a private family memorial is planned at a future date. As she wished, she has “gone to sleep” and is reunited with Pete, “the love of her life.”
Condolences can be made at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com.
Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.