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Margaret THOROGOOD

Margaret Anne Thorogood, formerly known as Margaret Anne Clayton, was born on July 17, 1948, and sadly passed away on September 17, 2023. She fought a short but arduous battle against pancreatic cancer, with her children by her side at Sakura House, where she took her last breath. Her loss is deeply mourned by her family and loved ones.

Margaret was a devoted mother to Sheri (Thorogood) Bizarro, Wendy (Thorogood) McArthur, and Kevin (Stephanie) Thorogood. She cherished her role as a grandmother and had a special bond with her grandchildren: Ashley, KC, Cody, Luke, Celeste, Clayton, Noah, Madison, and Hayden. She was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren. Margaret is survived by her siblings Diane English, Jean Dowswell, Deb (Barry) Wilkins, Alan (Teri) Clayton, sister-in-law Elly Clayton, and by her nieces, nephews, and English cousins – Steve, Gill, Mal, and Jayne. Sadly, she was predeceased by her parents Charles (1987) and Evelyn (1998) Clayton, her siblings Brian Clayton (2009) and Cathy Clayton (2019), as well as her granddaughter Jordan McArthur (1998).

Margaret’s warm and loving nature touched the lives of those around her. She was actively involved in the lives of her family and friends, sharing her joy and passions with them. Sports, particularly the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Nascar, held a special place in her heart. She also had a knack for knitting blankets, especially for babies, and took pleasure in creating doll clothes for her granddaughters. Her creativity shone during Halloween, as she crafted extraordinary homemade costumes for all her grandchildren. Born and raised in Beachville, Ontario, Margaret spent her entire adult life in Woodstock, Ontario. She had a passion for family and dedicated herself to preserving their history. She compiled family archives, complete with stories and photographs spanning multiple generations. Her research extended beyond her immediate family, as she sought to connect with English cousins and fostered meaningful relationships with them.

To honor Margaret’s memory, the family intends to purchase a resting stone and create a lasting legacy. Donations towards this cause can be made through thorogoodsestate@gmail.com. Alternatively, contributions can be made to VON Sakura House, a place that provided compassionate care to Margaret during her final days. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff at Woodstock Hospital, London Health Science Centre – Victoria and University, and the dedicated staff and volunteers at VON Sakura House for their unwavering support and exceptional care.

Adhering to Margaret’s wishes, her remains were cremated, and a celebration of her remarkable life will be announced at a later date. Wareing Cremation Services, located at 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Messages of remembrance and condolences may be shared at wareingcremation.ca.

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