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KERFOOT, Margaret S.

1921 – Sanquhar, Scotland
2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Margaret Kerfoot died peacefully on January 12, 2014 in Calgary at the age of 92 years.

Margaret was born in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland on November 8, 1921. She grew up in Sanquhar and attended Dumfries Academy. She went on to study music in Glasgow. When WWII broke out she volunteered as a Red Cross Nurse. She was stationed at the Killearn Emergency Hospital, one of the two neurological units in Britain. This is where she met Canadian Captain James Duncan Kerfoot who was recovering from severe wounds sustained in 1944 on the Burma front where he was serving with the Royal Garhwal Rifles in Lansdowne, India. They were married in Glasgow, Scotland on October 12, 1945. Margaret and James returned to the family ranch in Grand Valley west of Cochrane, Alberta, in the Fall of 1946 and began their career in ranching. They retired to Cochrane in 1988 and moved to Calgary in 1997. Margaret and James enjoyed travelling in their retirement visiting Scotland, England, Hawaii, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Australia and the Bahamas.

Margaret was a kind, compassionate, elegant and feisty Scots woman. She was “wee” but mighty. Music was very important to Margaret and was always present in her home. Many family activities, gatherings and parties ended with singing and Margaret playing her piano. She encouraged all her children to explore their musical potential. Her grand piano (a 25th wedding anniversary present from James) followed her through her moves and she was still playing it in her late eighties. Margaret was very involved in her church and community and had a wide circle of friends. She had season tickets for many years for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, she often attended the opera, and she was a member of the Women’s Canadian Club of Calgary and the P.E.O.

She is survived by her five children, Carolyn (Brian) Otto, Duncan (Lesley) Kerfoot, Jill Veres, Hamish (Rita Sirignano) Kerfoot and Quentin (Vermont), Kerfoot. She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James Duncan Kerfoot, her parents William Duncan and Margaret Currie McNaughton, her brother Duncan (Isobel) McNaughton, father and mother-in-law Duncan Irving and Margaret Mesnard Kerfoot, brothers and sisters-in-law, William (Shirley) Kerfoot, Peggy (Grant) Gibson and Joan (Jim) Storey.

We would like to thank the staff at Clifton Manor for their kind and compassionate care of Margaret during the last three years.

A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive NW), on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm followed by a tea. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Margaret Kerfoot, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. I was so very sorry to hear of Margaret’s death. I have very fond memories of both her and Jim when they visited mum and dad in Troon. Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.
    Stewart and Fiona (McCall) Troon, Scotland xx

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  2. Douglas Wilson :

    A glowing tribute I am sure will be sadly missed by all. I send my best to all the family at this sad time.


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  3. Jeanine Robinson :

    Dear Jill and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones,

    John and Jeanine Robinson

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  4. Graeme Broatch :

    We were very sorry to here of Margaret passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    I will remember many fond visits, good company and much laughter. She was a joy in my life.
    Graeme, Ivana, Corinn, and Evan Broatch

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  5. Diane & Rich Hirsekorn (nee Pascal) :

    Carolyn, Jill and all your family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. We hope your precious memories of your times together will help you all through this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    In deepest sympathy

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  6. Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik :

    Dear Carolyn, Duncan, Jill, Hamish, Quentin & Families,
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. We have many fond memories of her. She was always such a lady with an engaging personality. Your parents gave us a serving dish for our wedding so every time it is used the Kerfoots are at our table. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

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  7. Our sincere sympathy to all the family in the passing of Margaret. Bob & I enjoyed a number of great visits with both your parents. Meeting the siblings of the Kerfoot family made for a few great meals and memorable gatherings. Our condolences to all. Sincerely, Emma & Bob Hulit.

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  8. George and Maria Teply :

    Dear family,
    Our sincere sympathy to all whose lives were connected with Margaret. She was a lovely person with a big heart.
    Maria and George Teply

    One has to think that she is now with her dear Jim.

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  9. Theresa Smith f.c.J. :

    Dear Carolyn,
    I meant to write as soon as I saw the beautiful obituary after your dear mother’s death. May she rest in peace and may you, Jill, your brothers and family be blessed with deep peace and gratitude for your mother. I always remember you on Feb. 6 and so you were once again especially in my prayers on Thursday. If you are ever near Sacred Heart Convent, Calgary, do drop in for a visit!
    Love and prayers,
    Terry f.c.J.

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  10. Janice Wilson :

    Dear Kerfoot Family, I have just read of your Mother’s death. I am the daughter of Mattie Blair (Baird ) who went to school with your Mom. My husband Archie and I visited your Mom and Dad in 1985, two years before we emigrated to Canada. My Mom died, while on holiday with us, in November, 2008. My deepest sympathy to you all.

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