Margaret Anne Wallace
Margaret Anne Wallace (nee Carmichael) passed away peacefully in Port Coquitlam June 4, 2018 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Margaret followed her heart from Edmonton to Vancouver, B.C. in 1991, where she resumed her profession as a physiotherapist, working 17 years at Delta Hospital, and tended to her rooftop garden with her beloved cats. Alzheimer's took many things from Margaret, but it never took her grace, stoicism or the love she had for her family, which she expressed, even in her final days. She will be remembered, not for what was taken, but for her elegance, talent for cooking, baking, sewing, decorating, modest perfectionism, and gentle nature. She will be sadly missed by her two daughters Andrea and Heather Wallace, granddaughter Hannah, and grandsons Arden, Garnet and Tate. Also mourning her passing are her eight younger siblings, Barbara Weber (Joe) , Mary (Ron Phillips), Donald (Georgina), Betty, Robert (Linda), John, Aileen Belke (Gerry) and Dorothy (Dwayne Kelly). This peaceful soul was predeceased by her loving parents Mae and Donald Carmichael, as well as her Aunt June, with whom she shared a passion for nature and birds. A private celebration of life will be held in Edmonton. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
"Her absence was like the sky, spread over everything." ~ C.S. Lewis
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Margaret Anne Wallace
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11 June 2018
Margaret was a lady I met as I was transitioning from my work in the States back to Canada. It was a stressful time where I was new to the site and work, but she had a softness and kindness that made my time easier and put the work in perspective. She spoke fondly of her garden and her light carried a warmth that could be felt. Though my time was short there as a casual, she made it sunny and sweet.
10 June 2018
Lovely Margaret you were my first Love. I have known you since the summer of 1965 and we gave each other our youth and beautiful daughters. You were always appreciated and admired by me and my family, and I will retain nothing but happy memories of our time together. I will miss you, but take comfort in knowing you be joyfully greeted by Comet, Great Gramma Seidel, Aunt June, your parents, and Bob and Bette. My time with you as my spouse was precious to me, I will miss you and send my love as does Mur. Safe journey sweet Margaret Anne Wallace .
"Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still."
9 June 2018
Heather, Andrea, Johnny and kids - On behalf of our family and most especially my mom who no longer has her voice, please accept our condolences. I will always remember my Mom speaking so warmly of Margaret. After she moved to Vancouver, my Mom would always make sure to give her a call and meet her for lunch whenever my Mom was visiting here. I will remember Margaret as an elegant and caring woman. I know her passing has left a void in so many hearts. Till you meet again. Love from Karen, Pat Fry/Donaldson and family
Ami Pederson - Resnick
9 June 2018
Heather, Johnny, Garnet, Tate and Andrea, Hannah and Arden– I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I still think of Margaret as “Mrs. Wallace”. I was 7 when I met her, around the time that heather and I mixed up our identical purple coats at school. I will always think of Margaret as a sweet, kind, calm, and graceful soul. I have always known that Heather gets her quiet strength, her beauty and grace from her mom. Growing up, Heathers house was always beautiful and clean and home to the best homemade cookies and pizza in the world. Margaret made the most comforting and delicious food. I will never forget the creative and perfect birthday cakes that she made for Heather. I am glad that my husband Jeff got to meet her one time when we were in Vancouver in 2008. She helped us when we stayed at Heathers place and it was so great to see her after so many years – she still looked perfect, slim, beautiful and wearing fashionable clothes. I am also glad that I got to see her one last time in 2016. She was still herself in many ways, even though the disease had taken its toll. I know this has been a very hard time on everyone. It is a blessing Heather that your boys got to know her. They also will remember your strength and compassion in caring for her in these past few years. I am so sorry for it all and I hope that Margaret will be at peace and that in time your hearts will heal. Much love to you all and I am so sorry for your loss.
8 June 2018
My mom had a gift. Actually, she had many gifts. As children, she gave my sister and I a cake magazine, full of fancy pictures, and said we could pick one for her to make for our birthdays. The cake we chose and the one she made, always looked even better than the picture in the magazine, and was always the highlight of the event. Though I'm sure it wasn't effortless, she made it look so. Even when we were adults, she always put so much thought and detail into gift-giving. I don't recall many of the presents she gave us, but I do recall her whimsical wrapping paper, bows, and handmade cards. My mom delighted in all that was beautiful and pure. I want to remember her in those days when she surrounded herself in flowers, jewelry, bird feeders, craft paper and, of course, her Agatha Christie mysteries. Thank you for doing the best you could mom and teaching me that every thorn has its rose.
8 June 2018
I admire the courage you showed through this terrible disease to the very end. You never once complained about what was happening and always had a hug for me and the boys whenever we saw you. We'll miss you terribly Margaret, RIP
8 June 2018
Margret, unfortunately you and I have never met but I’ve learned about you through the stories, memories and eyes of your amazing daughter.
It seems to me that you and Heather have a lot in common - your love for life, your humour and quite a bit of spunk!
I admire you both.
My love to your entire family.