Margaret May Scarrow
February 2nd, 1938 – May 11th, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret May Scarrow (nee Currie) announces her passing at the age of 81 years at the Leduc Community Hospital.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Margaret was the third of four daughters born to Sarah (nee Hannah) and Archibald Currie.
Margaret attended Calgary Central High School and graduated in 1956 followed by earning a diploma at Henderson’s Comptometer School. She always spoke proudly of her Scottish heritage, enjoyed the bagpipes and shared memories of watching her older sisters compete in Highland dance. She often spoke of her father, his accomplishments and well-regarded horsemanship. Some of her favourite stories were how her father drove an 8-horse team of Clydesdales and performed the first figure 8 in the Stampede Corral with his team. He was a fixture in the Calgary Stampede parade, where he could be seen driving his team, or in full parade dress riding his American Saddlebred. Despite Margaret’s dad having passed at an early age, she ensured that the family heritage and passion for horses was passed on through the generations, she missed him dearly. Margaret was an accomplished rider in both English and Western styles and enjoyed competing at horse shows showing and riding American Saddlebreds in her earlier years.
Margaret married Marvin Allan Luft in 1958, with whom she was blessed with three children. Despite divorcing in 1975, Margaret courageously set out to raise their children alone. Margaret continued to train and show Saddlebreds on every day off, which resulted in an opportunity to work full time in Grande Prairie training horses, showing and giving riding lessons. Margaret packed up her three children, two dogs, two birds and what belongings would fit into her late 1960’s Chevy II station wagon and ventured into a new life in Northern Alberta. Margaret earned a Business Administration diploma at the Grande Prairie Regional College, which allowed her to develop a new career in accounting. She accepted a position with a retail chain, where she maintained employment for the next eleven years. While semi-retired she worked as a school bus driver until retiring at mandatory age of the age of 60.
Margaret married James William Scarrow on May 2nd, 1977. She became a stepmom to a son and daughter, Candace and James Scarrow Jr. The blended family settled in the log house that Jim built on a quarter section of land in Webster, AB. Life on the farm was a true pioneer experience, which was complete with a wood stove and furnace. Margaret continued using her wood stove for regular cooking and baking, until her final days on the farm. As a guest at the Scarrow home, you would notice the kettle was always on and you may have been lucky enough to enjoy a signature cabbage roll, or freshly baked bread.
While raising children, working the farm and their jobs, Margaret and Jim also shared a passion for racing and breeding quarter horses. She had a fondness for pets, livestock and wildlife, which would occasionally find their way into the house, or even the car. She raised and bred various registered breeds of dogs including Shar-Pei, Chihuahua and Poodle.
Margaret always made time to stop and talk though she rarely minced her words. Those close to her admired her honesty and good-hearted nature. Her leisure time was spent camping, boating, sailing and road trip adventures by any means possible even in her retirement years. She was very proud of her
grand and great grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and loved to laugh. Margaret enjoyed dancing and singing to all genres of music.
After her husband Jim’s death in 2015, Margaret moved to Leduc to be closer to family. She had recently moved into an assisted senior living complex at Discovery Place in Devon, Alberta, where she was able to maintain her independence. She could be seen enjoying meals with newfound friends, telling stories and enjoying the presentations of song and dance. Margaret happily settled into her apartment basking in the comfort and support of the staff who cared for her daily.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the health care professionals at Leduc Community Hospital and the staff of Discovery Place in Devon who cared for and provided comfort to our mother while managing her well-being in recent months.
Margaret is survived by her children, Rochelle (Rick) Villeneuve, Grande Prairie, AB, David (Valerie) Luft, Calgary, AB , Lorrie (Earl) Langston, Leduc, AB, Candace (Mitch) Butigan, Fairbanks, AK , James Scarrow, Portland OR; grandchildren, Kristina Carey, Saskatoon, SK, Charley (Lindsay) Langston, White Rock, BC, Mindy (Jens) Lankers, Beaumont, AB, Tanis (Scott) Charlton, London, ENG, Boyd Langston, Leduc, AB, John Luft, Calgary, AB, Kaitlyn Luft, Calgary, AB, Mackenzie Villeneuve, Grande Prairie, AB; Great-grandchildren, Rylinn Lankers, Beaumont, AB, Addison Lankers, Beaumont, AB, Hudson Langston, White Rock, BC, Hayes Langston, White Rock, BC; Sister, Sharon (Eldon) Evans, St. Albert, AB; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, James Scarrow, Sexsmith, AB; former spouse, Marvin Luft, Leduc, AB; Grandson, Ryan David, Grande Prairie, AB; Great Grandson, Harrison Lankers, Leduc, AB; Parents, Sarah and Archibald Currie, Calgary, AB; Siblings, Arlene (George) Walker and Audrey (Robert) Hurst.
It brings her family comfort to know Margaret rests in peace with her parents, sisters, husband and with her grandson Ryan and great grandson Harrison in her arms.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 1st at 1:00 PM at Webster Hall – 32.7 km North of Grande Prairie casual dress or even western wear (Sexsmith Chautauqua Days)
Margaret’s wishes are that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
The Heart and Stroke Foundation https://www.heartandstroke.ca/
The Canadian Lung Association of Alberta https://www.ab.lung.ca/
It was Margaret’s wish for cremation and final resting place beside her husband Jim at Webster Cemetery (private ceremony TBD).
Arrangements provided by Serenity Funeral Service, Leduc.
4702 — 51 Avenue
Leduc, AB T9E 6Y8