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Margaret WOOD

Margaret Elaine Wood (nee Elderkin), known to her loved ones as Elaine, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2023, at her home in Vancouver, BC. Surrounded by her family, Elaine, aged 86, left behind a legacy of love, humor, friendship, and guidance that extended far beyond her battle with COPD. She will forever be remembered by her family and community.

Elaine is preceded in death by her cherished partner, Morley Malcolm Wood, her parents Irma and Walter Elderkin, her grandson Daniel Wood, her granddaughter Jaime Traynor, and her great-grandson Caden Traynor. She is survived by her children Rob (Anne) Wood, Heather Wood (Dave Traynor), Blair Wood (Jackie O’Byrne), and Karen (Darryl) Condon. Additionally, she is survived by her beloved grandchildren Oda (Martin) Wood-Hofgaard, Henrik (Shannon) Wood, Cory (Kayla) Traynor, Kelly Traynor (Damian Williams), Kim Wood, Daryn Wood, Kate Condon (Adam Handford), and Niall Condon, as well as her cherished great-grandchildren Marie and Nora Wood-Hofgaard, James Wood, Parker, Emerson, and Kingston Williams, and Kelce Wood. Elaine is also survived by her sister Florence Williams, nephew Geoff Williams, grand-nieces Maya and Grace Williams, and niece Kristi (Jim) Welch.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Elaine devoted her life to various roles, including teacher, executive assistant, political organizer, and community activist. She spent two transformative years in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, where she continued her community activism and research. She held a special place in her heart for Pinehouse and Stanley Mission. In 2005, she made Vancouver, British Columbia her home, where she embraced the vibrant West Coast lifestyle and became an avid supporter of the Vancouver Canucks, with a particular admiration for Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Elaine’s impact spanned across generations. Her passion for family history and bringing loved ones together will forever be cherished. Her captivating storytelling will be fondly remembered, as will her genuine curiosity and ability to connect with her family’s interests and passions. With a compassionate ear and unwavering support, Elaine genuinely loved people. Her life was enriched by this love, and those fortunate enough to have been in her presence felt its profound effect.

A memorial service commemorating Elaine’s life will be held at a later date in Saskatchewan, where her ashes will be laid to rest in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Regina. In her memory, those who wish to contribute may make donations to the Morley Wood Memorial Scholarship for Aboriginal Female Students at the University of Regina.

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