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MARGARET EARL (published on April 18, 2009)

MARGARET EARL (nee WHITE) 1911 2009 Peacefully, on April 14, 2009 at Riverview Health Centre, Margaret Earl, aged 97, passed away. Speed was predeceased by her loving husband Charles Edward Gordon Gordie Earl in 1995. She is survived by her three children, Brian Earl (Pat) of Manotick, ON, Linda Clark (Frank) of Winnipeg and Sandy Phillips (George) of Grosse Isle, along with eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Margaret Louise White was born on April 29, 1911 to Elbridge Frederic White and Carrie Louise White (nee Hattie). Growing up in Fort Rouge with brothers, Russell and Cyril, Margaret was a very active and independent girl who loved sports of any kind. She attended Lord Roberts Elementary and Kelvin High School, and spent a lovely time at the National Trust for 11 years as both a secretary and teller. With her sweet smile and charming nature Margaret always made friends easily, and it was during a church league basketball game that Margaret met the man of her dreams. The tall, slim, very good-looking referee who fouled her out then asked her out, and she accepted. She married Gordie Earl in June of 1940 and they enjoyed a wonderful 55 years together. It is difficult to put into words just how wonderful Margaret was. She was the ultimate caregiver who would do anything for her family and friends. She loved the colour pink, whether it was in her clothes, her lipstick, her jewelry or the colour of her house. She made the best shortbread and tea biscuits and gave the best hugs. She had a knack for making handicrafts, with Christmas decorations and Barbie furniture among the family favourites. She loved to travel, and was grateful for her trips around the world (including England, Jamaica, Japan, Alaska and the Dominican Republic just to name a few). She was the perfect hostess which earned her the nickname Speed from her beloved Gordie . She was a tireless volunteer, whether it was with the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre or the Princess Elizabeth Guild. In her younger years she ran a sewing club , which was really a poker night, and her favourite drink was Crème de Menthe on the rocks. She was very active all her life ; curling and golfing until she was in her 80s. She was an honourary life member of both the Niakwa Golf and Country Club and the Granite Curling Club where she spent many years with Gord and friends. Later in life she would fondly recall fun times at the Bomber games where she and Gord had season tickets for 25 years, and the many trips to Grand Beach by the Moonlight Train for dancing. She was a great poet who lived for potluck dinners and holidays with her family. She loved musicals, marigolds, hot chocolate and sing-alongs with her dearly loved Gordie at piano. But more than anything else she considered herself very lucky, and would often say I've had a wonderful life... . Margaret's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Riverview Health Centre and Poseidon Care Centre for the wonderful care they provided for her. A private family service will be held on Monday, April 20, 2009. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Margaret's memory to the Riverview Health Centre. From a clipping in Margaret's journal: Those we love don't go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved and missed and very dear There, There, Darling Grandma. We Love You Love, Your Family Thomson Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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