Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings


Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2016

Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-

MARGARET MARY EDMOND BROWN It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Mary Edmond Brown, age 86, in the early hours of June 5, 2016. Marg, as she was widely known, was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Mae Herriot; her brother, Jim Herriot; her sister, Gert Cham; her first husband, Gord Edmond; her husband, Bob Brown; and her grandson, Colin Edmond. She leaves to mourn and cherish her memory her sister, Sheila Long (John Long) of Canmore and family; her children, Susan, Doug (Julie Walsh), Greg (Irene Groot-Koerkamp), Jim (Heather Brown), Patti, and Paul (Nancy Edmond); her grandchildren, Lindsay (Peter Vieira), Christa (Ron Millar), Liz (Nick Kulyk), Kate, Thomas, Matt, Luc, Abby, Derek and Lauren; and her great-grandchildren, Theodore, Cassidy, Davide, Aria, Rhys, Beatrice and Marjorie. She also is survived and missed by her family in Calgary: her stepchildren, Gord (Pam Brown), Paul (Pat Brown), David and Tannis (Nigel Davenport); seven step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. Marg lived a remarkable life filled with family, friends, achievement and adventure. She was ahead of her time in many ways. She believed strongly in education and career, while at the same time raising six high-spirited children in whom she instilled her trademark work ethic and optimism. Marg attended the University of Manitoba, where she was elected president of Gamma Sigma Chapter, Kappa Kappa Gamma Women's Fraternity in 1949. She was awarded the University Gold Medal upon her graduation from the Faculty of Home Economics in 1950. She continued her studies at the University of Manitoba, earning a Certificate of Education in 1975, followed by a Master of Science in 1982. Following her graduation in 1950, Marg married Gord Edmond and they started their family. Marg also embarked upon her long and varied career, demonstrating her extraordinary ability to manage diverse responsibilities with aplomb and flair. In between raising her six children, Marg worked as a high school teacher and as a university professor for over 30 years. She also operated her own business relating to apparel design and construction, and even made forays into broadcasting. In 1958, she hosted her own television show as a clothing specialist for the CBC, and in 1987, she served as a consultant/designer for a popular CBC program. She also found time to contribute to her community. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of Misericordia General Hospital and its Foundation, and on various committees at the University of Manitoba. When most people consider retirement, Marg, at age 60, set out for Africa to accept a position as a professor of Home Economics at the University of Swaziland. She lived on the Luyengo campus in Manzini for four years and adapted to life in a developing country with great style and verve. She was widely respected for her teaching skills and her outreach program, where she visited rural villages to teach sewing to local women. She made many new friends with whom she remained close until the end of her life. While she was in Africa, she took the opportunity to travel to many exotic locations, and it became a regular event to receive a postcard from Marg from a faraway place. Although work was important to Marg, she loved and lived for her family. She was tremendously proud of her children's educational achievements and professional careers. Marg and the Edmond family cherish many happy memories of times spent at the cottage at West Hawk Lake, the infamous road trip to Expo 67 in Montreal towing a trailer that slept six even though they were a family of eight, and the many special holiday times at the family home at 271 Yale Avenue in Crescentwood, which was always filled with laughter and merriment. In 1994, Marg married Bob Brown and moved to Calgary, where she spent 17 happy years with Bob and his family, and where she once again established many new and lasting friendships. During her time in Calgary, she joined the Calgary Women's Literary Club, which gave her the opportunity to prepare and present a variety of papers on interesting subjects. Marg particularly enjoyed and treasured the joyful times she spent with the Brown family at their family cottage at Lake Windermere. Upon Bob's passing in 2011, Marg returned to Winnipeg and reconnected with the city she loved. She joined the Volunteer Associates of The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and she enjoyed making presentations on various art topics as an active member of its Study Group. She settled into her condo at the Canoe Club, and integrated with ease into this vibrant community. As she did throughout her life, she quickly established many strong friendships with her neighbours, and was widely sought out as a skilled bridge partner, and a lively and engaging dinner companion. Marg was a beautiful, wise and accomplished woman who was deeply loved and much admired by her devoted family and a wide circle of friends. She lived life to the fullest and embraced every opportunity and challenge with an indomitable spirit and boundless enthusiasm. She was also a religious and spiritual person who derived great strength and sustenance from her Catholic faith. Marg was always beautifully turned out, and took great pride in her stylish ensembles, most of which she created herself. She was considered a fashion icon by her friends and family, although it was her thoughtfulness and kind heart that were her most endearing and enduring qualities. Marg will be sorely missed, and never forgotten, by her large family and countless friends. The family would like to thank the staff of the University of Manitoba Health Clinic for the excellent care they provided to Marg. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Marg's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, or to a charity of one's choice. A funeral mass will be held at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 255 Stafford Street, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 08, 2016

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Long out of touch but not out of mind, Margie was my dear friend for 80 years. We were sorority sisters and went to our first sorority convention in Sun Valley. We attended each other's weddings and celebrated our children's births and achievements. Geography separated us too far and too long. Yes, such a dear, good, faithful, accomplished woman - she was all that. She also had a great sense of humour. I can still hear her laughter. My good wishes and sympathy go out to her family. God bless us all. Bettyjane - Posted by: Bettyjane Wylie (friend) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • My thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful mother. - Posted by: Theresa Heffler (Paskewitz) () on: Jun 09, 2016

  • Dear Patti and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was truly a remarkable woman. My thoughts are with you during this sad time. - Posted by: Debra Walsh (Friend ) on: Jun 09, 2016

  • Our warm thoughts to the entire Edmond Brown families. Marg certainly added to all of our lives with her sparkle and quick wit. We only wish we had known her for a longer period of time. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. Thinking of you all. The Quinton Family. - Posted by: John Quinton (Friend) on: Jun 08, 2016

❮ Go Back to Listings