It is with sadness that the family of Margaret Edgerton announces her passing on January 1, 2023 at the Souris Personal Care Home. Margaret Delores was born February 3, 1930 at Vidora, Saskatchewan to Clifford and Reta Wiig. She moved throughout Saskatchewan and survived the hardships that came with the 1930’s. Mom was never a person to say that she could not do something. She always found a way to accept it and move ahead. She joined her family in Rivers and then they moved to Souris in 1941. Mom worked a variety of jobs over the years. She cared for Colonel Young’s wife, worked at the creamery, for Roy and Olive Tanguay, the Red & White grocery store and at the Modern Groceteria. She proudly shared the stories of her determination to make a better life for herself.
On October 12, 1949, she was married to Laurence Edgerton. It was on a Wednesday, as the stores would close for the afternoon. St. Paul’s United Church was the setting for the beginning of a beautiful partnership. On the family farm, they raised chickens, milked cows and grain farmed. They sold eggs and cream to the local stores. They worked hard together and enjoyed the Saturday nights when you might go to town for a movie, but always met up with friends and neighbors for a visit. Mom and dad celebrated 64 years of marriage until Dad’s passing.
They raised their family of three, Bill, Bob and Ardelle on the farm. Mom always had a huge garden and would can and preserve the abundance it provided. There was always fresh baking for dad; usually a pie, and she would later on in life be remembered for her delicious biscuits. She helped on the farm with everything including having a beautiful yard full of flowers she started in her little greenhouse, planting hundreds of trees around the yard and along the lane, driving the combine and grain truck through harvest, chauffeuring her children to Sunday school, sports, music, 4-H, and anything else we chose to participate in. She was our biggest cheerleader and our proudest supporter.
Mom was always a community minded person. She was a member of the Botony Friendship club, a Sunday school teacher, a 4-H leader, a co-author of the Lily history book, the collector of the business section information for the latest Souris history book, a dedicated volunteer in the effort to renovate and re-open the Victoria Park Lodge, a proud member of the Beautification committee, the Barbershop Belles and many more volunteer positions. Mom and dad enjoyed square dancing and made lifelong friends throughout the province. They traveled together to various locations throughout the United States and Canada and were thrilled to travel to England and Scotland to visit longtime friends there.
Mom was gifted in her musical and artistic talents. She was an award winner for her ceramic painting and also enjoyed learning oil and ink painting with the local art club. Although she could not read a note of music, she could often be found with a banjo in her hands and a smile on her face. She could not be happier than when she was playing with the Twilighters, a local orchestra that she was a charter member of. This little group of friends provided such joy to mom. While members have changed over the years, the delight she shared with them was always so very special.
Mom had extensive challenges with her health over the years. Countless surgeries only proved her determination to survive and showed us her strength. She never complained about her health and always tried to find the bright side of life.
Her strength and resilience, love and support are admired by all her family. Bill and Bobbi, Bob and Ardelle (late Blair Woods), her grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and all her many friends have such fond memories. While her road in life had it’s fair share of bumps, she shared so much of her love with all of us. While we have lost a favorite person, we will remember her with love.
“We have little power to choose what happens,
but we have complete power over How we respond.”
Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Marge, donations may be made to the Westman Dream for Kids or to the Souris Beautification Fund c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
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