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Born: Aug 28, 1925

Date of Passing: Apr 19, 2021

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Margaret Morse, O.M., died peacefully on April 19, 2021. Margaret was born in Winnipeg on August 28, 1925 and was predeceased by her husband, the Honourable Peter Morse, in 2018.
Margaret is survived by children, Brian (Evelyn), Douglas (Sandra Roberts) and Peter McDonald; David (France Morin), Stephen Morse and Ruth (Ronald) Hermann; by grandchildren, Jenna (Phil) Neuendorff; Lauren and Matthew McDonald and Samantha Roberts; Thomas (Virginie Begin), Lawrence (Vickie Sonier) and Catherine Morse; Ashley and Nicole Hermann; by great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Harper and Weston.
Margaret was a distinguished member of a distinguished family. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba and completed a Master's program in Speech Pathology at Kent State, returning to Winnipeg to become the first speech language pathologist in the Province. Margaret was at the forefront of speech language healthcare for more than 70 years, establishing numerous hospital clinics and working tirelessly to establish a Department of Communicative Services and Disorders at the University of Manitoba until the time of her death.
Margaret was an iconic member of All Saint's Church, teaching Sunday school, serving in various leadership roles and fundraising for both the Church and St. John's College. She had a passion for community service including Board roles with the St. Boniface Research Foundation, the Victoria Hospital Foundation, the R.H. Institute, the Women's Musical Club, and the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1958, Margaret joined the Women's Committee of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and played a lead role in fundraising for art acquisition and other purposes. She remained a staunch supporter of the WAG until her death. In 2017, at the age of 92, Margaret established an endowment through the Winnipeg Foundation, in memory of her father, Dr. Gordon Chown, to support medical students, particularly those of indigenous backgrounds. She had established the Margaret Chown Fund previously to support various community causes. In 2020 Margaret was awarded the Order of Manitoba in recognition of her contribution to her profession and Manitoba society. In 2021, she was chosen to receive the Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer award, further recognizing her contribution to Manitoba.
Margaret inspired and supported many. She gave to her family, friends, and community continuously and, when faced with challenge, stated simply; "This too shall pass".
Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Winnipeg Foundation, Margaret Chown Fund.


A celebration of her rich life will be held once restrictions on travel and gatherings permit. In the meantime, Margaret's family kindly requests that her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by visiting her tribute page at Memories and stories published by those who knew her, are available there.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I was blessed to know Margaret through the Seniors' Program of West Broadway Community Ministry. I was most impressed by her commitment to so many initiatives, her bright mind, her thirst for learning and her care for the community. In the midst of all that she did, once every week for years, she contributed salad for a mid-day meal for up to 40 seniors, always stopping to add a kind word to volunteers and folks who were part of the program. It is in the smallest gestures we see the great generosity of humanity. Margaret lived this authentically. She was a mentor and will be missed. Many condolences to those who were so much closer to Margaret than I was. - Posted by: Patricia Baker ((West Broadway Community Ministry)) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • Margaret was friends with my father, Ken Howard, when they attended the University of Manitoba in the late 1940s. Decades later, they connected professionally and Margaret came back into my dad's life as a dear and honoured friend. We were thrilled to have Margaret attend his 90th birthday bash. My children also knew Margaret through her devoted service to the Women's Musical Club. A tireless advocate for the arts in Manitoba, she leaves a remarkable legacy of achievement. It was a true pleasure to know this vibrant, intelligent woman. My family will miss her very much. Our sincere condolences to Margaret's family and loved ones. - Posted by: Laurel Howard (Friend) on: May 10, 2021

  • Margaret was a real inspiration to me when it came to the arts. She piqued my interest, and successfully encouraged me to learn more. We enjoyed discussing the various artists she researched as part of the WAG women’s committee. I will miss our friendship. My condolences to Margaret’s family. - Posted by: Christina Eaton (Family) on: Apr 25, 2021

  • I am not 100% certain if this is the same Margaret Morse but if it is I am her cardiologist’s secretary and we shared many wonderful chats over the telephone. Margaret would tell me stories and share warm memories of her father and grandfather and the Founding of the Chown building on the HSC campus. I will miss those occasions. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Judi (Friend*) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • I would like to express my condolences to Margaret's family at this sad time of her passing. I first met Margaret at the University Women's Club of Winnipeg where we were both members. I came to know about her early years, her family and her support of so many in the Winnipeg community. She had such energy and commitment. As I had worked with speech language clients, I was particularly impressed to learn that she had been the first speech therapist in Manitoba and continued active support of speech language programs. Margaret and I had many enjoyable conversations and thanks to her I attended concerts with the Women's Musical Club. The last time we spoke was when I telephoned her with congratulations on her being chosen for one of the 150 Trailblazing Women awards. During this phone call I told her how amazing I thought she had been all of her life...To her family-she will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Joan Stone (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • My condolences to you Peter and to the entire family, she was a very special Mom and will be missed by all. - Posted by: Sylvia Mazur (Peter’s work friend) on: Apr 24, 2021

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