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BROWN, Margaret Alice

October 9, 1925 – July 7, 2017

Margaret beloved wife of the late Roy Brown of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Margaret Dodds was born on October 9, 1925 on the family homestead in Tofield, Alberta. She and her parents and two siblings enjoyed an active life on the farm. As a young woman Margaret moved to Edmonton to further develop her singing and piano skills, a lifelong passion. This is where she met her future husband Roy Brown. After they were married, many moves occurred around Alberta and to Regina until they settled in Calgary in 1962. Two children, Peggy and Bob, were born during this time.

Margaret was a stay at home mom and was very involved in her children’s schooling and activities. She worked with her husband at Roy F. Brown Farm Machinery as a secretary for several years when the children were older and transitioned from life in Calgary to life on the farm and made Cremona her home for many years. She moved to Didsbury in 2014 and into Garrison Manor in Calgary a year ago to be closer to her family.

Margaret was actively involved in singing and music throughout her life and loved playing her antique piano. She especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends and welcomed many into her heart and home with open arms. She was an excellent homemaker, cook and baker.

For many years, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary she was a soloist and sang in the choir for many years, directed the youth hand bell choir and was active in several women’s church groups. In more recent years she sang solos and lead bible readings at The Congregational Church in Cremona.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Patrick Hartnett); son, Bob Brown; grandchildren, Tyler Hartnett (Christianne) and Tanner Hartnett (Betsy); favourite cousin, Bill Garber (Cindy) from Idaho; special nieces and nephews and their families, Rosemary (Joe Yurkowski), Charles Hallett (Sheila), Margaret (Hank Schroeder), Ken Dodds (Eva), Millie Dodds, Dale Binder and Lois (Harvey Loen); special friends in Calgary, Cremona and Didsbury, AB and relatives and friends from around the world.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Roy Franklin Brown; parents, Rosella and Agnew Dodds; sister, Zelda (Charles Hallett); brother, Daniel Dodds (Fay); nephews, Phillip Hallett and James Dodds (Laura); sisters-in-law, Helen (Art Binder) and Marjorie (Thom Parker).

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church Hall. Family Graveside Service will be held at the new Cremona Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, Special thanks for the care, understanding and empathy to the staff at the emergency room and Unit 47 at the Rockyview General Hospital.

In living memory of Margaret Brown, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Jo-Anne Morrison :

    Dear Peggy,
    Our prayers and sincere wishes are with you and the Family at this time.
    Jo-Anne and Gordon Morrison and our son Kirk Morrison.

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  2. Lisa Bradley :

    I was so sorry to hear about Margarets passing. I will so miss her in my exercise classes at Garrison Woods. I only knew her for a short time and she always made me smile.

    Mobility Specialist at the Manor Villages

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  3. Margaret has been my favorite cousin, always. My Mother (Margaret Dodds Garber) and I took the long train ride from Idaho up through the Canadian Rockies to visit her family several times. Margaret was almost two years older, but still took the time to be my tormentor, sidekick, and friend. Although miles and time separated us, we always remained close. Visits were always too short, but filled with laughing memories and warmth. The knowledge of her passing saddens me. Margaret remains a strong force in my memories and my heart.

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  4. Kathie and RICHARD Reid :

    Margaret was a wonderful asset to our church and our community, and a very dear friend. We loved her gracious musical presentations, and we loved her spicy personality. We are richer for having known her, and Heaven is richer for her presence.

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  5. Karen Alderson :

    Dear Peggy,
    My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know you will miss your mom very much and treasure many wonderful memories.

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing as my thoughts of her always brings a smile. Her active involvement at Grace Presbyterian church and her beautiful solos will always be remembered. She and Roy are hand in hand now and watching over all those that they loved… to the family my deepest condolences, her memory will live on through so many.

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  7. Mary Lil Rozsa de Coquet :

    Peggy and Bob
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always so delightful- mischievous and committed and kind. of course, we all were blessed by her singing. I am so sorry I will be out of town Monday, but I do send my sincerest condolences. It is tough to lose a mom. Take care of yourselves in the ensuing weeks and months.

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  8. Roxanne and Phil Anderson :

    Our deepest condolences to the family on the passing of a beloved mother and grandmother. We know her presence will be deeply missed. She was a strong and feisty lady who provided so much to her church and family.

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