Winchester Press – obit – Margaret Anderson
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of ourdear wife, mother, and grandmother, Margaret Anderson (nee MacDonald)who passed away on April 24, 2006.
She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of fifty-sixyears, Charles; her beloved family, daughter Pamela Docksteader(Brian) of Calgary and sons, Wayne (Arlene) of Philadelphia, Donald(Carolyn) of Cambridge, and Stuart (Jane) of Brampton. She willbe lovingly remembered by her 14 grandchildren, as well as numerousnieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased byher parents Donald Lorne McDonald and Mary Netta MacLeod, andstepmother Annie Mabel Lothian; her four brothers Kenneth, Donald,Campbell, and Sidney; as well as an infant stillborn son MacDonaldAnderson. She is survived by sisters-in-law Muriel MacDonald ofHuntsville, and Dorothy McCrimmon of Vankleek Hill, as well asher brother-in-law Russell (Jean) Anderson of Vankleek Hill.
Margaret was born on Aug. 27, 1924 in Vankleek Hill. She graduatedfrom Ottawa Normal School (Teachers College) in 1944 and taughtelementary school until she married Charles on Aug. 20, 1949.After their marriage, Margaret assisted Charles on a farm nearSt. Eugene for approximately four years, followed by the ImperialOil business and Ault’s Cheesehouse in Winchester. Her husband,children and grandchildren were her constant source of pride andhappiness.
She was a devoted homemaker and a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer.She was a canvasser for the CNIB; volunteered at the MaxvilleManor; and was involved in various capacities with the UnitedChurch throughout her years in Winchester, Alexandria, and Maxville.She welcomed the opportunity to help with annual projects suchas rummage sales, soup luncheons, and turkey dinners. In her sparetime, Margaret enjoyed playing bridge, doing cross-stitch, andcompeting in her favorite sport of curling. She loved to traveland spend time with family and friends. Some of her favorite tripsincluded travel to Spain, the United Kingdom, Alaska, Mexico,Florida, and Hawaii. Her health faded in recent years as she underwenttriple bypass surgery and battled subsequent complications aswell as the effects of a stroke, but her spirit never diminished.She fought back with the same determined spirit that she possessedthroughout her life.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to thecaring and compassionate staff of the Ottawa Heart Institute;Ottawa Civic Hospital; Trillium Health Centre (Queensway and Mississaugasites); and the William Osler Health Centre (Brampton MemorialHospital Campus). They also wish to express appreciation to relativesand friends for their visits, cards, letters, and e-mails thatcertainly brightened Margaret’s days.
A funeral service was held at Maxville United Church on May 1,followed by a committal service at Kirk Hill United Church Cemeteryin Kirk Hill, Ont. The service was officiated by Rev. Angus MacDonald,a lifelong friend of Margaret and Charles. Tributes to Margaretwere given by her children Pamela and Donald, and her granddaughterLarissa Day. The 23 Psalm was read by her granddaughter SpencerAnderson. Pallbearers included grandsons Ryan and Mark Docksteader,Craig and Brent Anderson and nephews Murray and Lorne MacDonald.Pipers Ewen and Audrey MacDonald participated at both the funeraland committal services.