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MARGARET WALLACE PARKER (BORLAND)
Born: Mar 08, 1934
Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
MARGARET WALLACE PARKER (BORLAND)
March 8, 1934 - September 11, 2022
With broken hearts, we are sad to report the passing of our beautiful mother and grandmother, Margaret Wallace Parker (nee Borland), peacefully, on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Riverview Health Centre, surrounded by the love of family.
Margaret is survived by her children, Rob (Val), Andy (Kathy), Wendy, and Dave (Lisa); her sister Janet (Dave) Lawson; granddaughters, Sophie and Grace; step grandchildren, Zack and Nicole; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert; her sisters, Christine and Mary; her brothers, Jim, Archie and Robbie; and her beloved granddaughter Annabel Margaret.
Mom was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland where she grew up on the family's dairy farms at Onthank and Alton Hill. Going to school as a wee girl during the Second World War, her family experienced many shortages and challenges, but they always managed to persevere and thrive by depending on one another.
Mom met Dad at a Young Farmer's Club dance near Glasgow, where he was a student in 1955, and they were married at the Burns Monument Hotel in Ayr in 1959. One week later, they immigrated to Canada, eventually settling in Winnipeg to raise their family.
A voracious reader, Mom loved history and returned to school after starting her family to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Manitoba. She then worked at the Manitoba Archives and at the University of Manitoba.
Mom had many passions in life. She would attend auctions looking for antiques that reminded her of home in Scotland. She loved cooking and baking and would spend hours in the kitchen trying new recipes and sharing them with family over a pot of tea. She was happiest spending time in the kitchen sitting around the table, sharing her treats with her children and grandchildren. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with Dad, exploring Europe, visiting family in Scotland, and taking regular trips to Victoria.
Mom also instilled a love of music in all of our lives. She raised her family to the soundtrack of big band jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Shirley Bassey. She passed down her love of music to her children and grandchildren.
Mom and Dad were best friends and were married for 51 years until Dad passed away in 2010. She was very close to all of her children, and adored spending time with her granddaughters. She radiated happiness and joy when she was with them. Her steadfast and unconditional love and commitment to family is undoubtedly the greatest gift she passed down to her children and grandchildren.
We love you and will miss you
more than words can say.
A private family memorial took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Interment will take place at Thomson in the Park on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
The family would like to thank Dr. Blom and the staff at Riverview Health Centre for their kindness and compassion. We would also like to thank Dr. Brian Sharkey for his exceptional care for Mom over these many years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Riverview Health Centre Foundation.
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Dear Wendy, Rob, Andy and Davey, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a beautiful soul with a radiating smile. I have many memories of her dropping everything and picking up Wendy and I from Acadia during cold winter months. She was always happy to host Wendy's friends for dinner or a party. I remember coming to your house and it always smelling like something delicious was in the oven. I especially remember her passion for the piano that even inspired me many years later! She was a loving person and I will remember her dearly. So sorry for your loss. Much love, Rolie - Posted by: Rolie Srivastava (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2022
Dear Wendy, Rob, Andy and Davey, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a beautiful soul with a radiating smile. I have many memories of her dropping everything and picking up Wendy and I from Acadia during cold winter months. She was always happy to host Wendy’s friends for dinner or a party. I remember coming to your house and it always smelling like something delicious was in the oven. I especially remember her passion for the piano that even inspired me many years later! She was a loving person and I will remember her dearly. So sorry for your loss. Much love, Rolie - Posted by: Rolie Srivastava (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2022
Oh Rob I am so sorry to hear that your lovely Mom has passed. Sending hugs and care out to you and your family - Posted by: White Heather M. (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2022
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