December 14, 1919 – Willmar, Saskatchewan
February 18, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Marguerite Thomson passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the age of 94 years.
Born December 14, 1919, she was the fifth of five daughters born to Arthur and Alice Angus on their homestead southeast of Willmar, Saskatchewan which still remains in the family, operated successively by Watt and Lucy Edmunds then Darlene and Will Freitag and now by Kevin and Kristen Freitag. The homestead soon will have the status of Century Family Farm.
Marguerite helped her Mother raise turkeys, a job she disliked, to fund a year of Normal School in Saskatoon. She taught in a one room school near Alameda, Saskatchewan where she met her future husband Joseph William (Joe) Thomson. They were married on the homestead on July 22, 1942 and celebrated their 51 anniversary before Joe’s passing in 1993.
Together they raised five children Geoff, Rhonda, Glenn, Don and Jim in Arcola, Regina, Yorkton and Porcupine Plain. Their children are now living across Western Canada. Geoff and wife Karen and daughters Megan (Augie) Carbonetto and Robyn in the Vancouver area; Rhonda and husband Wayne Evans and their daughters Karen (Tracy) Zimmerman and Tara Evans in Calgary; Glenn in Regina; Don and his wife Carol in Parksville, BC and Jim and his wife Barbara and their children Emily and Andrew in Winnipeg and their son James in Vancouver.
At the age of 88 Marguerite took on the challenge of leaving her beloved Saskatchewan to be with Rhonda and family in Calgary. She enjoyed her new life, first in Cathedral Manor and then in Aspen Lodge. She was friendly and outgoing and she made many friends. She was a loyal supporter of the Roughriders and put on her team jersey for every game. She loved to be teased about her Roughrider fanaticism.
She was delighted to have the opportunity to see her great-grandchildren grow and loved to be a spectator at their activities. She watched her great-granddaughter Taylor Johnson at her dance recitals; her great-grandson Jamyl Johnson playing running back for the Cowboys on a hot fall day. She was glad to hear what was happening in Aymie Haslam’s life. She would have loved to watch Jack and Luke (Zimmerman) play hockey, but the rinks were too cold for someone her age. She was thrilled at the birth of James’ and Jade’s daughter Claire and welcomed Jade’s Emma into the family. She went to Vancouver to meet Claire and she met Megan and Augie Carbonetto’s daughter Avelyn in Calgary. She was looking forward to the arrival of their second baby girl. She took pride in the achievements of her grandchildren – the academic successes of Megan and Emily; James accomplishments as a chef at Pidgin in Vancouver; Andrew’s kindness and compassion in his work and his life; Robyn’s success as a soap maker and entrepreneur; Karen’s achievements as a University grad and as a Mother and cook extraordinaire; Tara’s graduation as a CGA/CPA as well as her success in her career.
Predeceased by her husband Joe, her parents, Arthur and Alice Angus and her sisters and brothers-in-law Edith and George Stewart; Eva Arnett; Lucy and Watt Edmunds and Celia and Dr. Howard Hart, she is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Family, including extended family, was very important to her and she tried to keep abreast of their life events. There are many people who will miss her.
Services will be held in the summer at Knox United Church in Regina. Internment will take place at Arcola Cemetery, Saskatchewan. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Donations may be made in her name directly to the Agapé Hospice, Calgary or Knox Metropolitan United Church, Regina.
In living memory of Marguerite Thomson, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences