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Margaret Hunter

HUNTER, Margaret H.

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother Margaret Helga Hunter (Thordarson).

Margaret embarked on a remarkable journey through life with love, grace and determination. She was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, May 1, 1920 and grew up in the West End, in the heart of the Icelandic community. She was always proud of her Icelandic heritage. On September 19, 1942 she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Ken. Together they laid the foundation of a beautiful family. Margaret’s legacy is woven into the lives of her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Alan (Penny) Hunter, son Gary (Maureen) Hunter, daughter Marilyn (Ed) Whitehead, son Rick (Aline) Hunter, daughter Lorelei (Duane) Lichtenwald, as well as 12 grandchildren (Brad, Allison, Megan, Ryan, David, Kristin, Jaclyn, Alicia, Michael, Matthew, Jessica and Lauren) and their spouses, and by 36 great-grandchildren, to whom she was always known as “Amma”. She will also be remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her beloved husband Ken in 1997, after 55 years of marriage, by her parents Norma and Fred Thordarson, sisters Dorothy Littleford and Shirley McCreedy, brother David Thordarson, by her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, by great-grandson Carson Sawatsky as well as three nephews, Jon Thordarson, Bruce Hunter, and Erik Thordarson.

Throughout her 103 years of life, Margaret’s loving, compassionate heart, resilience and strength were evident. In 1949 Margaret and Ken moved to Saskatoon where he played with the Saskatoon Quakers and went into the bowling business with his brother Bill. Together Margaret and Ken raised their family while building a thriving business alongside his brother Bill and sister-in-law Anne.

Despite her petite stature, Margaret was a giant of a woman: faith-filled, strong, positive, pragmatic, generous, fun-loving and inspirational. She always took great delight in the achievements of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was particularly delighted if those achievements involved music, sports and academics. She loved family life; the larger the family grew, the happier she was. She enjoyed watching sports of any kind and had stats down cold. It was through her viewing of sports that we all witnessed mom’s more outspoken, blunt and spunky personality. She brought energy and fun to every occasion.

Margaret and Ken were devoted and involved in their faith community. She was a proud member of the Catholic Women’s League (50 years), as well as the Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI). Many lifelong and cherished friendships were established through these organizations. She was especially grateful for her dear friends Betty and Margaret Brennan, the parishioners of St Francis, the members of MAMI and the associates of the Ursuline Sisters of Prelate, Glengarda and St. Angela Merici.

Margaret was the “go-to gal” for prayers whenever anyone asked for them. She felt her role in life was to pray for others. The rosary was a source of consolation for her especially throughout her final years.

Margaret was more than a mother and wife; she was a cheerleader, a confidante and a counsellor who offered wisdom, support and encouragement. Her compassionate and caring heart touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She suffered low vision most of her adult life and was legally blind for the last 18 years. She maintained a positive attitude and inspired us as she gracefully dealt with these challenges.

For the last 7 years Margaret lived at St Ann’s nursing home. Words cannot begin to express our deep appreciation for this outstanding staff. She was surrounded by the most loving, compassionate, patient and encouraging people. Truly angels on earth. They were Margaret’s second family. We express our deep gratitude to each and every one of the staff for the gift you have been to Margaret and her family.

We celebrate the extraordinary life of a woman who touched the hearts of many. Her legacy lives on in her family and friends through the countless times she touched others with her kindness, compassion, sense of humor, and faith in God. Mom, as you journey to be with God, we take solace in knowing you are reunited with your beloved Ken, great- grandson Carson Sawatsky, and many of your loving family and friends.

We invite you to join us for a celebration of Margaret’s life.

Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church. 222 Willow Street.

Thank you to Father Emile April for the support he has given our family and for presiding for over Margaret’s funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Ann’s Nursing Home.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mourning Glory Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre.

To share memories of Margaret or share condolences please visit http://www.acadiamackaguesfuneralcentre.com.

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