Oval North Technical High School in Beacon Valley said goodbye to one of their very own, on Thursday April 19, during a memorial service for Margaret Jones.
Koekie, as she was known, fell and died at her home, in Beacon Valley, on Sunday April 15.
She worked as a security guard at the school.
Her siblings, Janine and Walied, also work as non-teaching staff at the school.
Member of the school governing body (SGB), Sahria Damon, described Margaret as an “indoor girl”, who loved music. “She loved her kids. She always made sure that they were okay and protected before she did anything else during the day,” said Ms Damon.
Margaret has been working at the school for 15 years. She was always the first in the morning and was the last to leave.
School principal, Na-aim Kassiem, said: “Margaret’s seat will forever be open and we will never forget the impact she has made on the staff and pupils. She worked well for the pupils and she did it with love. No one will ever take her place.”
SGB member, David Sampson, said: “She was like a mother to the pupils at school. The pupils could go to her with any problems they had.”
Adrian Bothma, an alumni at the school, said: “She was very passionate about her job. It was her way or no other way.
“She was stern but we needed that at school. She always did her job in excellence as Mr Kassiem would say. She will be missed.”
Margaret will be laid to rest on Saturday April 28, at St Timothy’s Catholic Church in Tafelsig, at 9am.