Osbaldeston, Margaret Ruth

It is with great respect and fondness, the family bids a loving farewell to Margaret Ruth Osbaldeston, who passed away on June 17, 2020 at age 88.
Margaret will forever be remembered by her immediate family Shirley (Reg) Jacques, Murray (Joanne) Osbaldeston, Renee (Gregg) Gerdes, five grandchildren; Michelle (Michael) Moore, Michael (Tiffany) Jacques, Matthew (Faye) Jacques, Courtney (Jim) Billington, Chelsea (Andrew MacLeod) Osbaldeston, nine great-grandchildren; Ashley, Jared, Sarah, Katherine Moore, Ray-ann, Aaron Jacques, Avery, Austin Jacques and Charlotte Billington. Margaret is also survived by her sisters Jessie Moore, June (LeRoy) Shackleton and sister-in-law, Shirley Alton. Margaret was predeceased by the love of her life, Garth and their dear son, Darrell, Margaret’s parents Willmot and Delilah, brothers Robert and Arthur and brother-in-law Bob Moore.
Margaret was born in Lamont, AB in 1931. She was raised in the Partridge Hill community and attended school in the Fort Saskatchewan area. Margaret then went to Vermillion School of Agriculture (Lakeland College), graduating from Home Economics. Soon after, she married Garth Osbaldeston, the boy next door, in 1951 and together operated the family farm in Partridge Hill. While farming, Margaret immersed herself in the local community and church. Involvement included being Director of the Farm Women’s Association, President of the United Church Women and active member of the Partridge Hill Community Club. Together, Garth and Margaret enjoyed curling, snowmobiling, camping and cards with friends. They truly loved going to Hawaii (16 times!).
Margaret’s interests broadened beyond the church and community to include politics. She became the President of the Pembina Progressive Conservative Association and was actively involved in many campaigns and elections. Formal recognition of her character, community and country-first mindset, was her appointment by the Privy Counsel of Canada, as a Citizenship Judge on June 5, 1985. Margaret seized the platform to enrich the lives of those who appeared before her in hearings and courts. As well, she expanded her ability to give back to a much broader community. Margaret sat on boards or chaired many important foundations and charities. To name a few (and there were many more):
Member of Women’s Canadian Club of Edmonton
Learning Mosaic Foundation
Kids Kottage Foundation
Edmonton Heritage Festival Association
Scouts Canada Edmonton Regional Council
Edmonton Celebrate Canada Committee
Assist Community Services Centre
Canadian Bible Society
Margaret’s Honorary Diploma in Community Service-Grant McEwan College (McEwan University), Citizenship Courts at the legislative grounds on Canada Day and Heritage Days at Hawrelak Park had a special place in her heart and brought her great joy.
Margaret had an unique ability to make and maintain a lasting personal connection with every person she met. She had a clever wit and a tremendous sense of humour, loved cooking and never stopped trying new recipes. In her later years, she enjoyed cards, horse racing, theatre and dining out with friends. Margaret touched and cared for so many, it is truly hard to acknowledge all.
COVID19 has impacted our plans on how we will celebrate Margaret’s life. Even though the allowed numbers to gather has increased recently, the restrictions would still prohibit all those who would like to pay respects. In addition, the immediate family has a number of vulnerable individuals to consider. The family asks you to take time to celebrate, in your own manner, that honours our mother and your relationship with her. Memorial donations gratefully accepted to the University Hospital Foundation (www.givetouhf.ca), Designation: Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Donor Office – Room 2A9.006 MAHI, 8440-112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Rabindra Mahabeer

It is with deep sadness that we, the Mahabeer Family, heard of Judge O’s passing. No matter how many times she told us to call her something else, to our whole family (Lily, Bazil, Raj, Rik, Robin, our spouses, and children) she will remain Judge O. My mom has told many stories of their years working together at the Citizenship Court, and we have shared many special times with Judge O, and Mr. O. They are both missed not just by their immediate family, to whom we offer our deepest condolences, but also by the legions of special people they touched. They are both together now in a better place, missed and loved by all those they touched with their boundless kindness and generosity of spirit. The Mahabeer Family wishes to offer our thanks as well as sympathies for the joy and warmth Judge O and Mr. O shared with us.

Karen Dolan (nee Schmolke)

How well I remember Margaret performing the citizenship ceremony for our mother, Irene Schmolke. It was very special to have someone from our farming community grant Mom her citizenship and Margaret was so very warm and welcoming to us all. She made a point of speaking with Mom’s young grandchildren too. Margaret contributed much to her community and set a wonderful example for all.

Gay and Keith Coss

So privileged and honoured to have had such an amazing person as Aunt Margaret in our lives. She was one of those people that could change the atmosphere just by her presence. Always positive caring and loving . Our sincere condolences to Shirley and Murray and the rest of the family. She will be missed by so many but her memory will live on as a great woman of character and grace. With love and prayers…

Jeff & Lana Sansom and girls

We will miss dear,dear Mrs. O terribly. What a lovely, sweet woman and human being. It was our pleasure to have known her and Garth, and we will hold her in our memories. Hugs to her whole family xo

Judy Podobni

Sorry to hear of this amazing lady’s passing. She was a true example of what we all should strive to be..a very good person, who made the world a better place for all that knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

Diana and Ken Swonek

We so enjoyed your Mom , always hugs. My one memory is her coming to Partridge Hill Ladies Group with a different shoe on each foot, she took it in her humor. God bless her.

Andrea (White) & Shawn Kardal

So very sorry for your loss… she was loved like our own grandma (and we just know they are crying and laughing together up in heaven … just as she would do whenever she got the chance to tell stories of her best friend). We knew we were special to her, and our kids knew the same. Shawn affectionately called her his girlfriend, because they would always share a dance at whatever wedding or celebration we were at. We were so very lucky to have her in our lives, and will always remember her for her loyalty and laughter and amazing hugs. Have fun up there, Margaret! The fab 4 is reunited! Xo

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