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MARGARET WALDIE PALMER (published on January 23, 2010)



MARGARET WALDIE PALMER September 26, 1920 January 18, 2010 Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Frank, in 1994 and brothers Elmer (1999), Sigurd (1995) and his twin Oscar (1921), and is survived by her four children - Sandra Stone (Ted), Bill (Jill), George (Ann), and Jim (Irene); eight grandchildren Heather, Jennifer, Graham, Scott, Tara, Jason, Niki, and Erin; five great-grandchildren Evelyn, Wyatt, Isabella, Noah and Aislyn and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, the USA and Sweden. Mom was born on Tweed Avenue in Elmwood, the youngest of four children to her Swedish parents, Oscar and Maria Hammer. Her first job after completing High School, was in Eaton's Candy Factory. It is not clear whether she took this job because of her sweet tooth or whether she developed it there. She met Dad when he delivered coal to their house - he must have cleaned up OK because they married a short time later. The family home was on Government Ave. in Morse Place. We all have wonderful childhood memories from that time. When her youngest went to school, Margaret became the Avon Lady and later returned to Eaton's to enjoy many years working in third floor house wares and on the telephone order desk until her retirement. Early summer years were spent camping at Toniata Beach. Each trip without a flat tire was cause for celebration Dad did not have to go to Sam's Garage at West Hawk first thing Saturday. Retirement saw Mom and Dad off to Texas in winter and to Willard Lake in summer. These were great times spent with friends and family. When Dad became ill, Mom was the number one caregiver but she also found time to care for friends and family. Margaret was involved in the communities where she lived and worked and, as a result, made many good friends. With every visit she brought her wonderful baking and gifts that she sewed, mended, knitted or crocheted. We all loved her fudge cake, her potato pancakes and fishcakes made from Dad's catch. We especially remember her for her loving and positive ways. Although small in stature, she was a strong, capable and stylish lady who had a profound influence on our family. She never uttered an unkind word except when she wielded the army stick when we kids needed it. For the past several years, Mom has been a resident of Middlechurch Home where she has been cared for by a very special group of compassionate staff and volunteers. We are truly thankful to each of you. Thank you also to the Eastern Star ladies and friends who visited. At Mom's request, there will be no formal service. Margaret and the family would be pleased that a remembrance donation be made to the Middlechurch Home 280 Balderstone Road W. St. Paul, MB R4A 4A6. We will always remember the good times Thanks Mom !


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