Margaret Isabel Ford (1927-2018) was born in London, the middle child of Isabel and Charles Western. She had an elder sister, Barbara, and a younger brother, Ken. Margaret left Barratt Street Trade School aged 14 and started work as an apprentice hairdresser near Harrow. She married Tony in 1952. Their son, Jeremy was born in 1956. The family moved to Bedhampton, followed by Woodingdean, and then on to Battle. Margaret had a passion for birds and nature, spending a lot of time at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Margaret also loved gardening.