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Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2022

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Margaret Helen Granger (MacKeen) passed away on September 16, 2022, at the Grace Hospice at the age of 93.
She was born in Winnipeg in 1928 and grew up on Dominion Street, attending Principal Sparling School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. She received Bachelor of Music degrees in both Piano and Organ while still in Grade 12, followed by a Bachelor of Arts from the U of M in 1950. While in university she met and fell in love with Fred Granger, and they were married in April 1951. They built their first home on Oakdean Blvd in Woodhaven, and had three children there: Ken, David and Kathie. The Grangers moved to Brandon for one year in 1965, and then back to Athlone Drive in St. James where they resided for over 50 years. They moved to the Sturgeon Creek II Retirement Residence in 2016. Margaret and Fred enjoyed 67 years of marriage before he passed away in 2018.
Margaret played the piano from a young age and learned the organ in her teen years. She became a church organist at 15 years of age and retired 71 years later! She started at the Christian Science Church, followed by Greenwood, Knox, Harrow, Crescent Fort Rouge and finally Sturgeon Creek United Church, where she played for over 50 years. Margaret was the official accompanist for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Affectionately referred to as "the lady with the bun", she played for generations of students in both school and divisional choirs.
Margaret was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She attended many sporting and musical events involving family and enjoyed having everyone together for celebrations. Her kindness towards others and positive attitude were truly inspirational.
Margaret was predeceased by her parents, Christin (Thorvaldson) and Russell MacKeen, husband Fred, brother Charles and son-in-law William Gordon. She is survived by children Kenneth (Shelagh), David (Dale) and Kathleen Gordon; grandchildren Tracy (Tim) and Randy Granger, Patrick (Andrea) Gordon and Emma (John) Tattarakis; great-grandson Max Rozitis; and former daughter-in-law Jeanette Granger.
Margaret's family would like to sincerely thank the Home Care workers and palliative nurses who assisted her at Sturgeon II and the staff of the Grace Hospice for their care. In keeping with Margaret's wishes, no funeral service will be held. If you wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • For decades I have long admired Margaret's dedicated service as a pianist, organist and chime director to the Winnipeg musical community. Her cheerful smile and willingness to approach new ways to create music was greatly appreciated. I am so glad I was able to have a good visit with Margaret on August 20th at Grace Hospice. May the cherished memories of past happy days help sustain her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in the future. Morna-June Morrow - Posted by: Morna-June Morrow (Long time musician friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Margaret and Fred did a lot of proofreading for our typesetting company in St. James through the 1980’s. She was an excellent proofreader and Fred would offer his French translation when it was required. We got to know both of them well. Fred would measure the length of any new car purchase to make sure both of their vehicles would fit in their garage end to end. Our condolences to the family. Bob and Bev Brown, Parksville, BC - Posted by: Robert Brown (Friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Dear Ken, David, Kathie and families - Our family was blessed to have Margaret in our lives for over 50 years, through Sturgeon Creek United Church, through our children attending schools in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division, and through her accompaniment for many of their personal singing pursuits. Always, the beautiful smile, gentle manner, Margaret was truly our "Keyboard Queen". We wish you all blessings of comfort and the joy of sweet, loving memories! Gerry & Jeanie McAlpine - Posted by: Gerry & Jeanie McAlpine (friends) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Your mother was a great help to me as we went around schools to help choirs. Your mother and Dad were good neighbours as we both lived on Athlone. I remember your mother as a kind soul - Posted by: Don Timmerman (Friend ) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • I may not be able to remember all of my music teachers in school but I never forgot Mrs Granger. As you looked to the right, She was always there on piano time and again to accompany school choirs at key events. Not to mention I will never forget my junior high musical where I forgot the words to the second verse in a solo performance and kept repeating the first verse over and over. Mrs. Granger just gave me a knowing smile and followed my lead and got me to the end. Sometimes it’s the little moments of kindness and compassion that we carry with ourselves the longest. - Posted by: Rob (Student) on: Sep 24, 2022

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