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HUNTER – Margaret Adeline (nee Kendall)

January 26, 1913 – September 26, 2010

“To Teach is to touch lives forever.” Anonymous

Margaret Adeline Hunter peacefully completed her life’s journey on September 26, 2010. Although she resided in Calgary for her final years, she was proud to have been born, raised and lived in Kamsack, Saskatchewan… a passion she never hesitated to share with anyone she met. The only child of Rudy and Jesse Kendall, she was encouraged to be active, and excelled at hockey and tennis as well as the piano. A life-long love of sports and music was instilled and she would share her talents and enthusiasm.

Margaret had a passion for teaching, beginning her career in 1932, in a rural “One Room Schoolhouse” with a class of forty-two students, grades one to ten. For most of her career, it was Grade Four, and a generation of Kamsack students remember the Music and the Programs. Likewise, brides and grooms for over forty years were ushered into matrimony by a lively Wedding March, during her tenure as Church Organist.

In grade two, Margaret met Lloyd Hunter, who was to be the love of her life. Married in 1938, they enjoyed a full life together until his passing in 1993.

Margaret is survived by her children, Bev (Gordon) Cumming of Calgary and Ken (Sheila) Hunter of London, Ontario; grandchildren, Sally (Darren) Driscoll, Patty Cumming (Mark Loewen), Corey (Rod) Pennoyer, all of Calgary, Janel (Steve) Morrison of London, ON and Miles (Jaimie) Hunter, of London, England; and nine great grandchildren who loved her as “GG,” Daniel, Cameron, Emmett, Kinsey, Baxter, Kendal, Teagan, Casey, and Gavin.

A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held in Kamsack at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Margaret Hunter, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. carol and malcolm eaton :

    Your mom really knew how to “live” well and that is an admirable quality in a woman. We will miss her presence at family gatherings in Calgary. She left a great legacy in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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  2. Heather Abernethy (Margaret Verdec) :

    I am so sorry to hear of Margaret’s Passing. During the short time I got to know her I must say I enjoyed every aspect of her wonderful spirit. She made me smile and her piano playing was a wonderful comfort.

    I hope that family and loved ones are close during this hard time.

    Again, my condolences.

    Heather Abernethy

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  3. Veronica Crane and family :

    It was a pleasure to have met Margaret over the years at holiday gatherings. Her joyful demeanour and her love of discussion will be missed at the dinner table.

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  4. Neil & Enid Arnell :

    Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Bev. She had an amazing life for 97 years and I was pleased to have met her.
    Enid Arnell

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  5. Leona & Bob Donnan :

    Bev & Gordon,
    Our sincere sympathy. Your Mom was such a nice person. I have warm memories of her as my teacher. She always seemed so youthful in spirit to me even when I last saw her in 2005.
    Best regards
    Leona & Bob

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  6. Al and Bernice Makowsky :

    Our sincere sympathy on the death of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Margaret Hunter. She was one of a kind with her great smile and pleasant understanding about all whom she worked with in school, church and the community. Her memories will remain with us forever. Bernice and Al Makowsky

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  7. Stan and Judy Stone :

    Bev, Gordon and family; Ken, Sheilah and family. Please accept our sympathy on the death of your mom. She lived a full wonderful life and touched the hearts and lives of so many people including ours. As you may know, Stan taught with Margaret at Assiniboine School. Staff Socials were frequent and most enjoyable. Your mom was always a happy person and it rubbed off on everyone. Her gift of music was shared by many in our community of KAMSACK. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. With sympathy and hugs to you all! Stan and Judy

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  8. Judy (Butt) Labossiere :

    Sincere sympathy to you and your family. I was one of her students in grade 4/5 that she taught at Assiniboine School in Kamsack. I have never forgotten the Al Jolson songs that we rehearsed. Over my lifetime whenever I’ve heard “April Showers” or “Mammy” one couldn’t help thinking of Mrs. Hunter. She left a lasting impression on many of us.

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  9. Dear Hunter Families,

    My dad (Jim) just told me about Margaret passing, and I also read it in the Kamsack Times today.

    I just wanted to acknowledge her life, and what an elegant, inspiring and kind woman she was. When I think of “Mrs. Hunter”, I first remember her from Victoria school teaching music, or at church playing the piano. In summertime, of course I saw her often at Madge Lake and I remember her always having a beautiful suntan in crisp her white skirts, with a tennis racket in hand…or playing bridge at our cottage with my mom and Aunt Irene and all ‘the regulars’!

    She lived an active and full life and was very much a part of the Kamsack and Madge Lake community.

    My condolences, and I hope that happy memories of her bring you and your families comfort at this time.

    Mary Konkin
    Vancouver, BC

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  10. Brenda (McCracken) Bysouth for Jean in Chilliwack, BC :

    Our most sincere condolences to the Hunter Families (Bev and Ken);

    Our respective families go a long way back, and we shared many memories with both your Mom and Dad from early Kamsack and Madge Lake days.

    Not only was your Mom a beloved teacher, but she was a gracious lady who gave so much of her time to the community of Kamsack. Musical theatre was one of her biggest contributions to small town living both through directing ‘productions’ in the community hall and the Church. Margaret had an outstanding ablility to bring out the best in kids of all ages, so much so that she was a favourite teacher for many of her pupils.

    Marg was considered an honorary member of the Fred Woodward family, and there were many stories and laughs with Jean, Lucy and Alice.

    We shall remember Margaret fondly…

    On behalf of Jean (Woodward) McCracken, Doug McCracken, and Brenda (McCracken) Bysouth

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