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WIGELSWORTH, Margaret Catherine

September 20, 1924 – Fort MacLeod, AB
November 6, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with profound sadness that the family of Margaret Catherine Wigelsworth announce her passing on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary, Alberta.

Mother was born in Fort Macleod to Lillian Sexsmith and Robert Alexander Hamilton. When her father became ill, Margaret stayed home from school to nurse her dad until his death. Her mother remarried Jack Sutherland of High River and the two families were blended. Mother married Dr. Donald Alan Rylands and they settled in Lethbridge to raise their family. Life was busy with a growing family but it was Don’s dream to purchase a cabin in Waterton Lake National Park where he had spent time hiking and camping in his youth. This dream was realized in the 1960’s and many happy family memories were created in our special mountain retreat. Father died in 1975 and mother filled her days selling real estate. Her outgoing personality, keen interest in others as well as her love of homes and design made it the perfect match for her. It was during this time that she met and married Alan Wigelsworth, they settled in Penticton where they entertained their visiting families, golfed, wintered in Palm Desert and travelled the world. At 89, after Alan’s passing mom moved to Calgary where she lived at Amica Retirement Home for seniors. She recently hosted her family at a 90th birthday celebration which we will all cherish.

Mother was devoted to family and friends and she was keenly interested in hearing the details of our life experiences. She loved meeting people and extended her friendship to all. Her thoughtful nature, spunky personality and varied interests enabled her to cultivate a large circle of friends that she valued deeply.

Margaret is survived by her children David Rylands, Pat Warren (Ken) and Doug Rylands; grandsons Warren Rylands (Christina), Michael Warren (Meredith) and Matthew Warren (Stacey); brothers John Hamilton and Hugh Hamilton (Loreen) and their families. She is also survived by Alan’s children Don Wigelsworth (Angela) and Laura Schmidt (Fred); grandchildren Alana (Dan) Jaydon (Kellie), Chelsea (Dwight), Paula (Nick), Michael (Shelley) and Emily (Troy). Margaret was predeceased by husbands Don Rylands and Alan Wigelsworth; brothers Bob, Gordon, Earl, Joe, Roy and Wilson; sisters Nadine and Madlyn and grandson Allen Schmidt. Margaret is also survived by many dear cousins, nephews and nieces.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses of the Foothills Hospital Unit 32 as well as the Sarcee Hospice for their great care and compassion. Messages of Condolence may be forwarded through A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In living memory of Margaret Wigelsworth, 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. To Margaret’s family,
    My mom, Barbara McLeod lives at Amica. I arrived from out of town a few weeks ago to visit, excited to see her but also to excited to have a catch up with Margaret. I was so surpassed to hear that she had taken ill and so very sad to hear that she had now passed. My thoughts are with you all.

    Margaret spoke so eloquently on behalf of all the residents at the Amica Grand Opening this past spring. She held her own at the “head table” of company executives and city officials… if I am not mistaken she got a hug from everyone of them! I wasn’t the only one wondering if the rumour of her about to turn 90…. was just a rumour. I had to find out for myself!

    I had three additional visits with your mom on another visit to Calgary in July….she delivered a fresh bag of cherries to our door and invited my mom and I for tea. She was very proud of her new decor and excited about the new sofa that was soon to arrive. Margaret told me about her career in real estate… a few days later she entertained a colleague of mine and I in the bar with a great number of stories!

    Such a spirit! I knew her for such a short time…. and I enjoyed every minute of it!

    Nancie McLeod

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  2. Alan & Linda Hamilton and Family :

    Dear David, Pat, Doug, and Family,

    We were saddened to hear the loss of Aunt Margaret. She was truly a very special person with her vibrant, outgoing, and wonderful personality. It was always nice to catch up and hear about her busy, active, and fulfilling life. She will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Alan, Linda, Samantha, Lindsay, and Matthew Hamilton

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  3. Renee Hurlburt :

    I first recognized that beautiful familiar smiling face of your mother before I read to whom it belonged. How sweet that smile is. I am saddened to hear of her passing, but being of almost the same age, I well know we have lived wonderfully full lives with adoring families, and have no regrets. If Ken could, I know he would join me in acknowledging how our times in Waterton were so friendly and neighbourly, and memorable. Love to all the family.

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  4. Rosemary Mueller ( Kirkham ) :

    When I looked at Marg’s obituary I didn’t recognize the name but I thought, I know that smiling face. Sure enough it was your Mom. She was such a spunky , loving, and happy person. I always felt her caring warmth whenever I was around her. And I know she made my Mom very happy. They were such good friends. I know my Mom felt a big loss when she moved to Kelowna. One summer when our annual Kirkham family holiday was on, Sue, Louise and I took Mom to visit Marg at her new home. She welcomed all of us as if time had never passed. Love to you David, Pat , Doug and family
    Rosemary Mueller

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  5. Angie Anderson :

    Margaret was a wonderful person and she will be missed from Cheryl and the girls from the beauty salon in Penticton. She was a weekly client that always had a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. Hi! I just read in the paper today that Margaret passed away…..I knew Margaret from Sandbridge, I was the one that use to plant her beautiful flowers and weed her garden . She was so sweet, always so interested in my family and even went to go see my daughter at Tim Hortons! She use to tell me all about you guys, when you were coming to visit, she was soooo excited! I even invited her to “my” yard as I have a pond and was thrilled she got to see it. she was even so thoughtful when I got a full time job at a hotel, very busy summer hours, and she called me. She said you work so hard all summer at your full time job and the lady next door has said she will weed my garden so you can enjoy your days off with your family…..she even called me in the winter to say hi!!!! Your mom and stepmom was a wonderful lady and am so grateful I helped make her flowers the prettiest in Sandbridge! She gave me a rose bush that was struggling and still is years later and I will cherish it…..maybe it will flourish next year! May she rest in peace and playing golf and swimming. xoxox

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  7. Ted Papenfus and Bob Tait :

    We moved into Sandbridge in Penticton about 3 years ago and one of the first people who welcomed us was Margaret. She was so kind, knowledgeable and full of life and she made us feel at home immediately. We have never met a more positive person, always full of knowledge, energy, and friendliness.

    Sandbridge is a very caring community and Margaret was a big part of the daily activities and residents. She is missed by us all; but we will always remember her being so Positive.

    Our condolences to the family.

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  8. Pati, Allen and Linda Wigelsworth :

    Dear David, Pat and Doug,
    On behalf of my brother Allen, sister-in-law Linda and myself, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of you for the loss of your mother. It was through two co-workers and the obituary in the Lethbridge Herald yesterday, I learned of her passing. It was such a shock as at Uncle Allen’s celebration of life I thought she looked marvellous, appeared in good health, seemed so happy with her move to Calgary, loved where she was living and was so glad to have you, Pat, so near and be close to her brothers. My remembrances of your mother were many. She was my parent’s (Frank and Betty) realtor when they moved to Lethbridge. Before Mum introduced Uncle Allen to her, she would pop by to visit. They knew no one in Lethbridge except me. She was very supportive to my Mum through my father’s illness. After my father’s death, she was the one who kept in touch with her when Uncle Allen and she married and moved to Penticton. There were frequent phone calls and Christmas letters. She would visit my Mum when she would be in Lethbridge and continued to do so even though her last visits my Mum was not able to remember her. After Mum died she kept in touch with me through a Christmas phone call or letter. As you said “she extended her friendship to all”. She was SO PROUD of all of you and your children. She would share all of your accomplishments when asked. She was happy, David, that you would be purchasing the home in Penticton. Uncle Allen was very fortunate that she embraced his children and their families along with us-his nieces and nephews.
    She was very devoted to Uncle Allen and I know his last years were hard on her. I was so happy she had time for her now. So sorry it was short lived.
    She did so love life!
    Love & Peace,

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