Margaret Matheson

Passed away on September 25, 2015 in Duncan BC at the age of 96. Margaret will be dearly missed by her children Anne (Ron) and David, by her beloved grandchildren James, Caitlin, Gregory, Nicholas, Chelsea and Emily and great grandson Dyson, as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Donald.

Margaret was born in Sydney Australia and her adventurous spirit brought her to Canada in 1952 – she was on her way to England but stopped enroute for a working holiday. After sailing up the Inside Passage to Alaska and taking the train through the White Pass she started a temporary secretarial position at a law firm. Having always wanted to see the Rocky Mountains, Margaret left for another temporary position in Calgary. Plans changed when she fell in love with Donald, started a family and then moved to Edmonton. Her visit to England took place about 30 years later than originally scheduled.

Margaret was an inspiration to many in her attitude toward life: she dealt with whatever came her way by accepting it and moving forward. She was a firm believer in regular exercise and practiced it until breaking a hip while out walking in August of this year. She taught 2 generations of children to swim at Cooking Lake and also chased after them with reminders to put their hats on. Many winter nights were spent knitting hundreds of hats and mitts for those in need to keep off the chill of harsh Edmonton winters.

Margaret retained her sense of adventure to the end, moving out to Duncan at age 90 to be close to her children. She loved her time at Sherwood House participating in exercise classes, attending musical events and making new friends. She was always game for any kind of weekend outing, especially if it was near the ocean or involved music.

The family would like to thank nieces Barb and Liz for their support during Margaret’s last few days. At her request, there will be no service, but to honour her memory head out on a long walk (don’t forget your hat!) or try something new.