Margaret Emma Graham (born Margaret Lownds) died in Edmonton, Alberta on November 17, 2018 at the age of 96.
Margaret was pre-deceased by her loving husband James Douglas Graham. They married on September 3, 1947, and they celebrated their 69 wedding anniversary before Jim’s passing in 2016.
Margaret is survived by four grateful children Pamela, Libby, Margie and Doug; adoring grandchildren: Eden; Andrew, Barbara; Matthew; Anders; Will and Libby; great grandchildren: Xavier; Sam; Ena and Reed; and sister Florence Leech.
She loved us all unconditionally and will be deeply missed by all who were lucky to know her.
Margaret was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 7, 1922, to her parents Walter Francis Lownds and Eva Blanche Lownds (nee Wambolt) and was raised by her Aunt and Uncle, Margaret and Grafton Carter (Grammie and Grandpa). Margaret was a graduate of McGill University, held a Diploma from the School of Nursing at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and was a Victorian Order Nurse.
Margaret was a pillar of support and devoted partner to Jim in a lifetime of work, adventurous travel and raising a family in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sarawak, Cameroon, Jamaica and Barbados. She was said to be “equally at ease in Piccadilly Circus or the jungles of Borneo.” She took cultures and circumstances in stride, with grace and acceptance.
Margaret saw the world, was an active volunteer, used her nursing skills in many contexts and had a passion for playing and watching tennis. She was a master bridge player and spent many good times playing with friends and family.
Most of all, Margaret was a caring mother who supported the family through thick and thin with immense patience and understanding, was gentle, kind, and unselfishly always put others first and provided support that our family was blessed to receive.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Canterbury Court Chapel on December 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm (8403 142 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 4L3), with an informal reception to follow – also at Canterbury Court.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s name can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate; Edmonton’s Food Bank: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/id/38796/; or the WUSC refugee girl child education program: https://wusc.akaraisin.com/Donation/Event/DonationInfo.aspx?seid=12220&mid=50 indicating “Shine-A-Light” in the fund allocation.
The family would like to thank our good friends and colleagues for their support and would like to thank the caring and competent medical team and all the wonderful staff at Canterbury Court and at Gerald Zetter Centre for the immeasurable support provided to Margaret in her last days to ensure her comfort and well-being.