Margaret McDonald

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Margaret Elizabeth was born in Chesley on Saturday, August 8, 1931 to parents Clarence and Bertha (Lemcke) Dawm. She was the youngest of four children and joined older siblings Eileen, Helen and Gordon. The Dawm family resided in Chesley where Margaret attended both public and high school. It was during her high school years that Margaret was introduced to musical instruments. She flourished and soon joined the town band. Following school, Margaret took a job in the Silknet factory in Chesley, where she perfected her sewing techniques.

During this time period, Margaret caught the attention of a local, young man by the name of Carl John “Jack” McDonald at a dance. The two hit it off immediately and soon began dating which culminated with their marriage on Saturday, June 11, 1949. The newlyweds soon called the McDonald homestead on the 6th of Elderslie home. Here they worked side-by-side on their 200 acre mixed farm. In time the McDonald family soon began to grow with the arrivals of Dianne (1951), Jerry (1952), Larry (1954) and Peggy (1956). As you can imagine, life was busy for Margaret, caring for her young family, however, she continued to help Jack on the farm whenever she could.

By the early 1970’s Margaret began her own business, Wild Rose Creations, which she operated out of her home. This sewing business was fueled by her early teachings at the Silknet factory whereby she specialized in lingerie. She continued to work on and grow her business for the next 20 years until slowing down in the early 90’s. In her limited time away from the farm and her sewing business, Margaret enjoyed helping others. During the kids’ youth, she was a leader in 4-H and later volunteered her time as a judge at the local fall fair. She was also a proud Big Sister and a founding member of both the Gillies Hill Women’s Institute and local Master Gardeners. When not busy volunteering, Margaret also enjoyed spending time in the kitchen. She was a fabulous cook and enjoyed baking and preserving. She was known to pass her knowledge and expertise onto others, and thankfully her recipes and secrets will live on for many years to come!

Sadly, her world was turned upside down in 1982, when Jack died of cancer. In their 33 years of marriage, they were rarely seen apart whether it was on the farm, in town or out at a function. During Jack’s illness, Chesley had become home for the McDonalds, and Margaret continued to try to settle in after his death. However, it should be no surprise that Margaret found it difficult to be at home by herself and instead preferred being out socializing with others. In the years that followed she began travelling more, exploring much of the US and enjoying warmer destinations like Cuba and Hawaii. Margaret was also fond of casinos and enjoyed her yearly trip with Peggy to Las Vegas for several years to try her luck! Retirement also allowed for more time outside working in her flowerbeds and perfecting her green thumb. Margaret also enjoyed spending many hours quilting in her basement with friends, lawn bowling and even took up painting. Any remaining time was usually spent reading, as she was an avid reader. Mystery and romance novels were her preference. Margaret was also an animal lover, and in addition to the many pets on the farm always enjoyed a furry feline companion keeping her company in the house.

Margaret was a loving, social woman who always put the needs of others, especially her family, before her own. She was constantly helping out whenever possible and in later years keen on keeping up with the happenings in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. Sadly, in recent years Margaret experienced the loss of two of her children, Jerry (2000) and Dianne (2018) which were extremely challenging times. No parent should have to bury a child, not to mention two, but being a true matriarch Margaret led by example and tried to make the best of every situation and day.

In 2009, Margaret downsized and called Old School Rd. home. Here she further enjoyed family, and visits from friends and neighbours. Unfortunately, Margaret’s mobility continued to decline and she made the move to the Halliday House for more support. Once again being surrounded by friends and members of her community gave her great comfort as everyone began to experience the effects of our current pandemic. Sadly, her health continued to fail her and she recently became a resident of Hanover Care Centre. Margaret suffered a severe stroke in recent weeks and passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in her 90th year.

Loving mother of Larry of R.R. #2 Chesley and Peggy Wappler of Waterloo. Margaret will be dearly missed by her son-in-law Michael Fortier of Renfrew and daughter-in-law Cathy Alves of Plattsville. Loving grandmother of Christel, Jeremy, Amy, Jonathan, Jamie, Amber, Jasmin, Angelina, Valerie, Jim and their families. She will be fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Jean Haddow and brother-in-law Blair Baldwin. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Jack (1982), son Jerry (2000), daughter Dianne Fortier (2018), son-in-law Art Wappler (2021), siblings Helen Ryan, Eileen Markle, Gordon Dawm and her parents Clarence and Bertha (Lemcke) Dawm.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 7 – 9 p.m. In order to attend, all guests must call the funeral home and register – please call (519 363-2525) anytime daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register. A private funeral service celebrating Margaret’s life will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021. A recording of the service will be available on the funeral home website Friday. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The War Amps, Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Bill & Merle Kingston
May 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of you Mothers passing, she was a great lady & she will be missed. Thinking of all the family at this difficult time.

Joe and Linda
May 6, 2021

Larry and family, so sorry for your loss, she was a great lady and she will be missed.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
May 5, 2021

Very sorry for your loss. Sending our condolences.

Christine & Henry Winkels
May 5, 2021

Peggy & Larry, our sincere condolences to you both, thinking of you at this time. I’ve known your mom since Big Sister’s started in Chesley and got to know her as a friend. She was a great lady. She’ll be missed by many.

Lois, Cathie and the Weatherall family
May 5, 2021

Thinking of all of you and wishing you comfort and strength in the days ahead. Your Mom will be greatly missed.

Angela Jeffrey
May 5, 2021

We will miss you so very much great Auntie Margaret . We will miss you , Our love and condolences to the family at this time love your great Niece Angela Jeffrey and your great great nieces Alyssa And Kyla

Ed & Grace Snider
May 5, 2021

Peggy & Larry,

We just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of saying goodbye to your mother. Your mother was a good neighbour and friendly, making us feel welcomed and a part of the community when we moved to the Chesley community area way back in 1966. Margaret was also a great member of our Gillies Hill W.I. One I will miss greatly. Blessings.

Dennis and Dorothy Mulligan
May 5, 2021

Dear Larry, Peggy and families. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Margaret was indeed a remarkable , accomplished, generous lady who gave great joy to all who knew her. I am very proud to be her second cousin, part of her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Love, Dorothy Mulligan

Kathie, Michael, Kellie and Ryan Hart
May 4, 2021

We are saddened with Auntie Margaret’s passing.
I have so many fond younger memories of spending some of my summer holidays on the farm and weekend visits. In later years although infrequent visits in person but offset by many phone calls. During many phone calls sometimes asking for recipes or how to perfect something I had baked that hadn’t turned out well recognizing what a great cook and baker she was.
Covid for everyone has made life very difficult especially for those in Retirement and Long-term not being able have family visit.
Auntie Margaret in so many ways was a role model and always cared about nieces, nephews including Great nieces and nephews.
We will miss her immensely.

Brenda and Rick Schott
May 4, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Margret’s passing. She was a great neighbor for many years and a great family friend to our kids growing up in Chesley . Our prayers are with the family.

May 4, 2021

Peggy so very to hear of your losspls know my thoughts and prayers surround you and your family at this sad time. May your mother rest in peace in the loving arms of our lord.

Carol Anne & Ronald Wright
May 4, 2021

Dear Larry and Peggy and families:
Our sincere sympathy to you and your families. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, close to our hearts.

Andrew Thomson and family
May 4, 2021

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother.

Mark Davis and Carolyn Walker.
May 4, 2021

Larry and Family. Very sorry to hear about your mom. Out thoughts are with you.

Barb Parker
May 4, 2021

Peggy and Larry,
On behalf of the Marion Schlorff family, our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. What a wonderful person she was. Margaret was a great friend to our Mom. They enjoyed some trips together, and a lot of time quilting too.

Susie Laver
May 4, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Peggy and family,such a wonderful person your Mom was and I so enjoyed our visits ..❤️

Ruth (Dawm)Jeffrey
May 3, 2021

Dear Larry and Peggy..Just heard of your mother’s passing. My condolences to entire family. Had no clue Dianne had passed away. Very sad… no one notified me. Moved to BC in 2014

Cheryl Mount
May 3, 2021

Wayne & Cheryl Mount

Our condolences to Larry, Peggy and family for the loss of your mom. May she rest in peace.

May 3, 2021

I am so sorry she Passed my prayers are with you! It was a pleasure to meet her and work with her last year! She was so kind always so happy! 😌 again I am so sorry for the loss.

Jim and Adelle Dawm
May 3, 2021

Peggy, Larry and Families Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of great loss .We will miss Aunt Margaret, she was a great lady.

May 3, 2021

My sincerest condolences. Aunt Margaret was a very kind lady. May she rest in peace.

Wanita Halliday
May 3, 2021

Sincere sympathy Peggy, Larry, and families. Margaret was an amazing lady. It was a please to work with her in Women’s Institute, always willing to share her knowledge and talents. She will be missed.

Ron & Bev Berndt
May 3, 2021

Larry and Peggy and Families we were so sorry to hear about Margaret . She was such a beautiful person . God has gained another Angel! Hold tight to her memories she will be missed. Love to you all.

Linda Dougherty Ribey
May 3, 2021

Larry and Peggy
I am sorry to hear of your moms passing. My condolences to you and your families.

Scott Baldwin & Debbie Dennis
May 3, 2021

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom Peggy & Larry. She is a special person & always made time to visit and share her experiences.

Steve & Linda (Snider) Weber
May 3, 2021

Larry & Peggy
So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a kind and caring person! I have such fond memories of her from growing up and later reconnecting when I started attending Institute with my mom. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Cathy and Gary Alves
May 2, 2021

MargaretMcdonald………..The sweetest, kindest most pleasant woman I have ever been privileged to know….we love you dearly mum … I can only imagine the reunion up there! Your husband Jack, your son Jerry, Your precious daughter Diane and your son in law Art…plus of course all your sisters and family. I didn’t know them all but I did meet a couple of them. …….I know you’re in a beautiful place…but you will be missed so very much…love you mum…fly with the angels…❤❤🙏🙏🙏⚘⚘⚘⚘
Cathy and Gary Alves

Joan Dawm
May 2, 2021

Regrets in the loss of Aunt Margaret from Joan Dawm, Linda dawm Redmond and husband Hugh. She was a kind and thoughtful woman and regrettably her life ended during this pandemic and she could not have her family around her.

Jessie Lueck
May 2, 2021

Dear Peggy:. So sad to hear about your mother. She was a lady of many talents. Cooking, gardening and painting are just a few. I enjoyed visiting with her at the church on craft day and at women institute. She was a friend who will be missed. Praying for your families during this time.

Trish Tibbo
May 2, 2021

Larry and Peggy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful lady. I always enjoyed chats and art days with her. She will be missed.

Jim & Judy Sloan
May 2, 2021

Larry & Peggy & families, sincere sympathy on the loss of your mom Margaret. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Renate Baldwin
May 2, 2021

My deepest sympathy to you Larry and Peggy on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gail Fritsch
May 2, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Marg’s passing. She was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Eric, Carrie, Jill and Joy Schwippl
May 2, 2021

Peggy and Larry ,deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Terry Murphy
May 2, 2021

Larry and Peggy so sorry for your loss Margaret has alway been kind to me she will be missed, thinking of you guys at this time

Roger. n. Joan Bell
May 2, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Margret’s passing. She was a great neighbor and friend for many.years. Will miss her at Institute . Our prayers are with the family.

Lorna (McComb) Girard
May 2, 2021

Dear Peggy, Larry & families:
My deepest sympathy! I have so many fond memories of 4H club meetings with your Mom and hanging out with Dianne (going to dances, etc). Our mothers had lots in common – Women’s Institute, teaching 4H together for many years, quilting bees, extremely hard workers. Leading by example!
Gone but never forgotten.

Carol Golem
May 2, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Margaret! She was a hard working lady!❤️

Carol Golem
May 2, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences!

Gillies Hill Women's Institute
May 2, 2021

Our institute will dearly miss our friend and life member Margaret. We have had some wonderful meetings, trips and quilting bees together. Our greatest sympathies to her family.

May 2, 2021

i am so speechless right now i send my deepest condolences to all the family MARGARET was one of the sweet caring women you could ever meet she will always be in my heart R.I.P. MY FRIEND WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU XOXO

Shawn & Nancy Morrow & family
May 2, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. She was always a hard worker planting and taking care of her garden at her apartment.

Joanne McLaren
May 2, 2021

My deepest sympathy Larry and family. I always enjoyed spending time with your mom….her tea biscuit recipe will remind me of her each time I make them. ❤

Brad & Jayne Tibbo
May 2, 2021

Larry & Family
So sorry to hear about Margaret.
Deepest sympathy to you all

Megan Hardy
May 2, 2021

So sorry for your loss… I enjoyed doing home care with her as she always was an enjoyable person you can’t go a miss! I loved seeing her as she always had a smile on her face and always had the greatest conversations whether it was how to improve my baking skills or hearing stories about her life.

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