MARGARET ANN NEWTON
1933 - 2020
The family is proud to honour the life of Margaret Ann Newton and with sadness, we acknowledge her passing on October 6, 2020. Marg reached the age of 86 years, having been born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 22, 1933, where she lived her life in its entirety.
Marg leaves to remember her with much love: her children, Sandy Hull (Randy), David (Karen) and Jamie (Erin); seven grandchildren, Phil (Dallas), Brian (Becca), Stevie (Oksen), Brysant, Cole, Aiden and Logan; and great-grandson Magnan. Holding loving memories of Marg is her brother Don McGarva, along with sisters and brother-in-law: Pat McGarva, Sheldon Herron, Alice McGarva, Sandra Bancroft and Rose Lock. She also leaves an extended family of nieces and nephews and many special friends. Marg was predeceased by her siblings: Gordon, Dorothy and Bill; and by her loving husband Christopher (Bud).
Marg was the first of five children, growing up on Maryland Street. Many summers were spent helping at a family farm near Bangor, Saskatchewan during school break. Gordon Bell High School was a place of many fond memories, where Marg was an excellent student and enjoyed many extracurricular and sporting activities.
Marg was a very progressive woman. When she wanted to learn how to drive a car, she was told that was not something a girl needed to know how to do. However, a young man would pick her up, take her out and let her learn to drive with his car. This young man would become her husband (Bud) on October 1, 1955.
Marg had numerous interests and group affiliations over the years. She worked on many civic, provincial, and federal elections. Provincial elections were of particular interest to Marg as she held the position of Returning Officer multiple times within Rossmere Constituency. She was so good at her work; she was asked by Elections Manitoba to assist in training returning officers for future elections.
Marg's Scottish heritage gave her much enjoyment. As a pipe sergeant with the Heather-Belle Ladies' Pipe Band, she played the bagpipes in many parades and competitions, and travelled with the band to perform in Scotland. Her time with the band and the anniversary celebrations were cherished memories.
Marg's involvement with the Sons of Scotland was extensive. The local Robert Burns camp was the source of great times and lasting friendships. She took pride in organizing tea parties, dance competitions, children's Christmas parties and the wonderful Robert Burns Dinner every January. As a Manitoba delegate, Marg took her talents to Grand Camp, a Canada wide gathering of local camps. This was a wonderful time for Marg and Bud to travel, wear their kilts, and enjoy a uniquely Canadian, Scottish Celebration. It didn't take long before Marg was nominated to the national level and became Grand Chief of The Sons of Scotland. She was always: Happily Scottish, Proudly Canadian.
Other important places (and people) in Marg's life included: Immanuel United Church, Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, and her Rossmere Lanes bowling leagues. She stayed physically active throughout the years, as a bowler, curler, and badminton player. She served as a leader for the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, which her children all participated in. Her and Bud were avid Blue Bomber fans. Especially important were the summers her and Bud spent enjoying time with family and friends at their different cottage locations.
In recent years, Marg struggled with dementia and spent her final years residing at Kildonan Personal Care Centre. While there, she participated in many of the recreational activities, and developed a new sense of community. Thanks to the caregivers who took such good care of our mom.
Mom, you will always be loved
A private family interment will take place.