In Memory of

Margaret

Jane

Crawford

(Cullen)

Obituary for Margaret Jane Crawford (Cullen)

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With so much love and sadness we announce the passing of our mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother Margaret Jane Crawford on March 25th, 2024. While our hearts break to say goodbye, we find comfort in knowing that Margaret is home with a loving God and reunited with Neil, the love of her life and husband of 60 years.

Margaret was born in Glasgow, Scotland June 28th, 1939, to John and Isabella Cullen. Margaret and her “wee” sister Iris (her only sibling) were lifelong best friends with a special bond no matter the distance between them.

At the age of fourteen, Margaret met Neil at Maryhill High Church Youth Fellowship in Glasgow, Scotland, and they were married in that same church on August 3, 1963.

Margaret was known for her kindness and for seeing the good in everyone. She had a gift for teaching children to read and love books. In 1959, after earning her Scottish Teaching Diploma, Margaret started her career with a class of fifty children at Twechar Primary School in Glasgow Scotland. In 1967 Margaret and Neil emigrated from Scotland to Canada, landing first in Montreal where Margaret taught until 1969 when they welcomed their first child. Margaret stayed home to raise the family all while supporting Neil’s career as an electrical engineer. They moved to Winnipeg, back to Montreal, east to Topsail Newfoundland, west to Calgary and Okotoks Alberta, before finally settling in Winnipeg in 1983.

In the late 80’s, when the children were established in school, Margaret earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba as required to return to teaching. Margaret spent the next 20+ years sharing her passion for teaching and love of reading with Kindergarten and Grade 1 students at St. Avila School, Ralph Maybank School and Oakenwald School in the Winnipeg Fort Garry School Division. She taught at Rose Marie Academy in Bangkok Thailand. Margaret was also asked to help develop the curriculum and mentoring program for early years teachers at Maple Schools in India. Through her many years of teaching Margaret built countless friendships, including her beautiful “band of sisters” Clara, Esther, Jeanne, Maureen, Sandy and Shirley best known as “The Breakfast Club” the most supportive and faithful group of friends that anyone could ask for right to the end.

Margaret embodied the spirit of giving and was a dedicated volunteer helping wherever and whenever she could. Her door was always open, with a warm welcome, a listening ear and always a cup of tea with a wee something sweet to eat.

Margaret was a wonderful friend and her kindness, generosity and joy for life was contagious. All who met Margaret felt seen, appreciated, and loved. This was reflected in her many faithful visitors over the past years from her closest and longtime friends Pat and Bruce, The Breakfast Club, fellow teachers, friends from church, choristers, neighbours, and friends that have become family. Margaret loved a visit and thoroughly enjoyed each card, photo, phone call and message sent from her friends and family around the world. Thank you.

Margaret and Neil shared a love of traveling. Over the years, they traveled the world making friends along the way. They honeymooned in Paris (twice), rode camels past the Pyramids of Egypt, walked the Great Wall of China, visited the Taj Mahal, took a cruise through the Panama Canal to name just a few incredible adventures they shared. They loved early winter breaks with Iris in Key Biscayne, Florida, with an added Caribbean cruise and road trips to Edmonton to visit Gordon, Kerry and the grandchildren. They fell in love with Thailand where Neil worked in Bangkok and for 25+ years they escaped the Canadian Winters to spend time with their dearest Thai friends. When warm enough Margaret would join Neil at their cabin on Lake Winnipeg to enjoy quiet days watching the lake from their Thai spirit House, spending time with their grandchildren, visiting with friends and neighbours and hosting the occasional lakeside dinner party.

Thankful to be loved so well for so long are her three children Gordon (Kerry), Isla (Paul), and Morag (Gary). Margaret’s legacy lives on in her grandchildren’s love of reading, music, friendship, and travel. Michelle (Luke), Zane, Kylie, Erin, Callum, Finn, Lana, Reid, and Great Granddaughter Adalie, you were all loved so much.

In addition to caring for her family, Margaret was Mum, Aunt and Grandma to friends that became family whom she loved as if they were her own. For all the children, Grandma Margaret will always be remembered for her incredible patience, playfulness, cheeky smile, love of reading and story times, singing by the piano, making crafts, giggling over Beano comic books, making her famous Grandma soup and for her love of sweets and fabulous baking - chocolate fudge shortbread, trifle, empire biscuits and Scottish dumpling with custard.

We would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, unit assistants who have cared for Margaret. We would especially like to thank the staff over this last year who took the time to know Margaret for the amazing and caring person she has always been. We thank you for your kindness.

Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support of so many who knew and loved Margaret. We were blessed to have her in our lives for so long. She is missed.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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