Izzard, Margaret Clara

IZZARD: Margaret Clara Izzard (nee Dixon) passed away with family by her side at the Souris Personal Care Home on April 23, 2021 at the age of 82. Margaret was born on January 17, 1939 in Souris to parents Bob (a CPR railroad conductor) and Laurie Dixon. She was raised in Souris with her younger sister, Karen. She enjoyed a happy childhood surrounded by a large extended family. Margie (as she was called by many of her longtime friends) had a large circle of friends, many of whom she kept in contact with her entire life. Margaret participated in the usual aspects of small-town activities such as 4-H, sports, and Anglican church activities.  After graduating from Souris Collegiate in 1956 she enrolled in Nursing School at Brandon General Hospital, graduating in 1960. Again, she remained in contact and close to many of her fellow nursing students. Keeping close to friends from all aspects of her life was a common theme of Margaret’s no matter how much physical distance developed between them. Margaret spent her nursing years working in Brandon, Sarnia (ON), Souris and Hartney.  During the short stay in Sarnia she took the opportunity to tour many parts of Central Canada. She met her husband Frank Izzard while nursing in Souris. Frank and his friends were planning to attend a dance in Carroll and required dates. They decided to phone the Nurses’ Residence to see if any nurses wished to join them. It must have been a good first impression since they were married on February 15, 1964. They moved around a bit with Frank’s heavy construction business. Margaret assisted Frank in the business by doing the books and occasionally driving a truck. They eventually put down roots in Lauder which was a central location for the business. This is where they raised their children, Bob and Wanda, until they purchased and moved to Frank’s family farm near Alexander, MB in 1978. She assisted with the farming activities along with helping with the business. This continued until the kids could assist with one exception, the meals and baking (no one could match that). Margaret had many hobbies which included knitting, crochet, reading, baking, & gardening. Family was always a big part of her life but especially for her cherished grandchildren. She made sure to attend as many of their events/activities she could (hockey, curling, 4-H, & figure skating). She enjoyed being part of all events that included her family & friends. In the last few years, she was functioning well and enjoying life at Riverheights Terrace in Brandon.  In November 2019, she was admitted to hospital with a knee infection. Complications and pandemic restrictions caused a steady decline in her health. She had just been transferred to the Souris PCH when she wasn’t able to recover from the latest infection. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Souris PCH for the excellent care Margaret received in her short stay. The best words to describe Margaret would be feisty, fun, loyal and loving. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Margaret is survived by son Bob (Cindy) Izzard; grandchildren Bryden, Courtney and Adam; and daughter Wanda (Brad) McKinney; granddaughters Taryn & Megan. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Izzard; her parents, Bob and Laurie Dixon; her sister Karen Sokalski and her in-laws, Bill and Viola Izzard. A small graveside funeral was held at the Griswold Cemetery on April 30, 202l. Pallbearers were Bryden Izzard, Adam Izzard, Mark Yeomans, Bo Yeomans, Mark Wolfe and Ken Cross. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


22 thoughts on “Izzard, Margaret Clara”

  1. Bob, Wanda and families. Our deepest condolences to you all. Love talking to your Mom , always a pleasure to be around. Hold those memories close to your heart. The Martin Family

  2. Bob, Cindy, Bryden, Courtney, & Adam,
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dear Mom and Grandmother. We hope you will find strength in all of your wonderful memories together and know she will never be far from your heart.
    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I have many fond memories with both your mom and dad over the years. She was a very caring person and will be missed by all who knew her.

  4. Bob and Wanda and families
    Our sympathy to you all, we were old friends from Lauder and had many fond memories of your Mom and Dad

  5. Bob, Cindy and family. So sorry to hear the passing of your mom. You are in my thoughts. Marj Newton (Dane)

  6. Bob , Cindy, Bryden, Courtney& Adam
    Gil and I are sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and grandmother. I know how important she was to you all. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Deb& Gil Arpin

  7. Sorry to hear of the passing of Margaret. Margie and I were school chums in grade school. It was great to reconnect in later years.
    Family and the grandchildren were very import and dearly loved by Margaret. She will be missed by all.
    Sincerely Dorothy Wallace

  8. Our deepest sympathies to your family. May you find peace in the memories of your mom!
    Love from
    Kim Chalmers and Kelly Younger-Unger

  9. Bob & family
    Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. May you find comfort in your memories.

    Peter Garbutt

  10. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I enjoyed my visits with you mom when ever she was in Souris doing her shopping. So many years of great memories that you will always have.

  11. My deepest condolences Bob,Wanda and families
    Margaret was a great friend,and we had many good visits together.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
    God bless.

  12. Sorry to hear of Margaret`s passing. Enjoyed our Aquafit sessions and tea after.

  13. Bob and your family,

    Our sincerest sympathies to you Bob and your family, condolences on your mother’s passing. The very best to you during your sorrow and the wonderful memories that arise. Our thoughts are with you.

    Ron and Sharon Cherepuschak

  14. Bob Wanda and families deep and heartfelt sympathy to you all. We shared many good times together when we were neighbours in lauder.

  15. Our sincere condolences to Margaret’s children Bob, Wanda and their families. We were saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing. She was a lovely lady remembered by all of us through hockey, figure skating and friendship. Sincerely Ted, Sharon, Jason and Cara Taylor.

  16. Sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Your memories are forever.

    Pat Eastgate and families

  17. Bob, Wanda, and families.
    Sincerest condolences.
    Thinking of you all.

  18. Everyone at Riverheights Terrace was very sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a little lady with a big personality.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Tammy Ball
    Community Business Director
    Riverheights Terrace

  19. Dear Bob and Wanda and families:

    We have so many wonderful memories of your mom, especially in the early years when we started farming. It was so very special to have Frank and Margaret as our neighbours. And once our girls came along, they always enjoyed the snacks and the drinks from the polka dot cups. The special times we had with Margaret will always be in our memories. She had a big heart! And loved others. Our thoughts and prayers go with you during this time of loss.

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