After missing her husband of 66 years for the past year, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Francis Margaret Moore, has gone to join Bob in Heaven. Margaret, aged 89, passed away peacefully, on October 22nd, 2019 at the Tudor House Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Manitoba.
Margaret leaves to mourn her son Grant (Bev) Moore, daughter-in-law Karen Northcott, sister Lorraine Wells, brother Elroy (Leonna) Fisher, grandchildren Kassidy Moore, Kerry (Joey) Van Braeckel, Patrick (Kari) Northcott, and great-grandchildren Eliza, Ethan and Avery. She is preceded by her soul mate and husband Bob, her parents Arnold and Elizabeth, and her son Bruce.
Margaret was born on May 5, 1930, in Brandon, Manitoba, the youngest child of Arnold and Elizabeth (nee Heatlie) Fisher. The family rented land near Douglas, and in 1943 bought a farm near Wellwood, Manitoba. Here Margaret lived and continued her schooling, until taking a suite in Carberry and working as a telephone operator. She met Bob, also working in Carberry, in 1951, and he always said how immediately taken he was with her. Though only 21 he decided hotel rooms and restaurant meals were no longer for him, and after four months asked Margaret for her hand in marriage. They were married on July 5, 1952 at the Wellwood United Church, and had many wonderful years together.
In the fall of 1953, Margaret and Bob made the move to Winnipeg and later welcomed two sons; Bruce in 1955 and Grant in 1957. Shortly after they decided it was time for their own home, and had a house built on Rita Street. It was a neighbourhood of young couples with families, and “Mother Moore’s” house became well known to all the kids as the place to congregate. Many long-lasting and wonderful friendships resulted from that time in Margaret’s life, as she and Bob loved to plan get-togethers, entertain friends and host card game nights. Church activities, volunteer work, raising and showing her beloved Boston Terriers and bowling also filled her time.
Mom excelled as a homemaker, wife and stay at home mother. She gardened, made jam and preserves, cooked and baked, sewed, knitted, crocheted and produced many beautiful tapestry projects. Her needlepoint and cross-stitch pieces are works of art. She managed her household so well; Bob had often commented he could travel as much as he did for work, without ever having to worry. After they bought a cottage out by Kenora, Margaret often spent time there with her boys, other relatives and friends, while Bob had to return to the city to work. So swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, berry picking and taking care of everyone kept her summers busy too. When her family was older she added a part time job at Sears, Polo Park, to her resume.
Always a country girl at heart, Mom was happy to move to a small acreage near Stonewall in the 80’s. There were new people to meet, friends to make, square dancing to take up and much more room to garden and grow flowers, berries and fruit trees. Margaret and Bob travelled extensively through Canada and the States and took several trips overseas, when they weren’t busy with friends and family. Margaret especially loved her time with her grandchildren, both close and far away.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, 309 Eveline Street, Selkirk, Manitoba.
Our family wants to express heartfelt thanks to the staff of Tudor House for their kindness and loving care for both Bob and Margaret, especially over this last difficult year for her. Bless you all.
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