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MAXWELL, Margaret Isabella (formerly Reasbeck, nee Wells)

January 20, 1919 – Wellsville, Alberta
April 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of the centre of our lives. Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother has passed from our world. Mom, Gram, Grandma, Aunt Margaret, Margaret, and Margie, touched our lives in very special ways.

Margaret was born in Wellsville, AB, near where her father homesteaded in 1905. She was the second oldest child of Egbert and Isa Wells. Following in their mother’s footsteps, Margaret and her siblings were all teachers. Margaret taught school initially from 1943-1946, after graduating from Normal School. Margaret married Jack Reasbeck in 1939. They had three children: John Reasbeck, Barbara Booher, and Linda Zachri. There are many children in their families: 6 in the first generation, 10 in the second generation, and 9 in the third generation.

In the best pioneer tradition, Margaret always provided meals and a place to stay for any members of the family who came by. Anything that happened reminded Margaret of an incident in her life. She wrote down some of those stories, but mostly she just liked to tell them. Margaret had an answer for everything, and useful advice for anyone in need of guidance. Unlike many in her generation, Margaret obtained and used computers over a period of about 25 years. She loved books. It was difficult to buy her a book, because she had often read it already! When her brother wrote his first book, she obtained the e-version of it, and read it before going to bed that night.

Margaret married Gordon Maxwell and had many happy years together. She was still teaching then, while Gordon had retired. She had returned to teaching in 1963, after having completed her BEd from UBC that year (the year before her son graduated from the same university – they carpooled sometimes!).

Margaret’s friends were numerous. They were almost as close as family.

We will all miss her terribly. We will all do well though, since we had a wonderful teacher.

She is survived by her younger sister, Jean Wells, and by her younger brother, Allen Wells.

Her older brother, Bert Wells, passed away in 1969.

In living memory of Margaret Maxwell, 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. May Van De Wark

    Dear family of Margaret,
    I live in Heartland Retirement Residence and it was here that I met Margaret, and found a friend in her. We didn’t spend a lot of time together, though I did visit her in her apartment a couple of times. I found her to be a very intelligent and interesting lady, and I wished that I had know her in her younger years. There was a bond established between us, and I looked forward to seeing her come to meals, and chat a bit. I met you John, during the frequent times you spent with your Mom, and you were so good to her. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all Margaret’s family. She will be missed. I missed her when she left here. God bless you all, and I pray that you will find comfort in the Lord.

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