Margaret Frances Sparrey McDonnell

June 1, 1923November 13, 2012

McDonnell, Margaret Frances. June 1, 1923-November 13, 2012

Passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at McKenzie Health Centre, after a hard fought battle from kidney complications at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Ross Joseph McDonnell. Loving mother of Brian (Maria), Anne Marie (Michael Stoneham), Susan McDonnell, the late Margie McDonnell, Mary Louise (Clayton McDaniel), Teresa (Douglas Orr), Nancy (Peter Gabriel), Ross (Karen) and Fred. Cherished grandmother of 18, great grandmother of 14 and great-great grandmother of 1. Survived by sister Louise Procter and predeceased by sister Evelyn Crewe. Margaret will be missed by family and friends. Visitation will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, 905-727-5421 on Thursday, November 15 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 16 at Our Lady Of Grace Church, Aurora at 11am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. A special thanks to the doctors and staff at McKenzie Health Centre, Oakridges Dialysis Centre and Sunrise of Aurora. Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Association for Special Olympics. Online condolences and information at


  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 16, 2012

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January 31, 2013

To Susan, Ross and the rest of the McDonnell family. I just called Sunrise a few hours ago to talk with Margaret and received the sad news about her passing. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Margaret was a blessed soul and I truly enjoyed being her first PSW-caregiver at Sunrise, may her journey be peaceful and her soul be at rest. your are in my prayers.

Claudette Zabsonre

Lise Arsenault-Goertz

November 26, 2012

Dear Teresa, Nancy, & Susan,
My family sends their deepest sympathies to you & the whole McDonnell family. I have such good memories of many days spent in your home with your Mom & Dad who helped me (who also came from a big family) be able to come to Toronto from Montreal for gymnastic opportunities. I will forever be grateful that even though they had enough athletes to support; they also made room for one more little French Canadian gymnast.Your family's love & faith always felt like home. I love you & will be praying for you all during this difficult time. God bless & take care.

Ana Bellamy

November 25, 2012

Brian and Maria sorry that we were out of the country at the time of the passing of your mother.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire McDonnell family. Ana, Dave, Meghan, Tamara and Tia Debora.

November 17, 2012

Passing time can never fade,all the special memories made;Loved ones never really part for they live inside your heart.Thanks for sharing her(Annie)

November 17, 2012

Dear Ross, Karen. Daniel and extended McDonnell family,

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Brad, Pauline. Luc and Alana Wise

November 16, 2012

What joy it was to spend quality time with you at the recent wedding of Aarani & Ken Stoneham. Although we are close in age, you have always been an inspiration to me in the loving way you & Ross brought up your large family. It is a testimonial to you in the way your children supported you through some difficult health issues & were always there for you. Your memory is cherished.
Love from Jean & the Orr family

Christine Risi

November 16, 2012

I loved Margaret at Sunrise. I loved that she got to enjoy the piano entertainment of Paul Butler. She really enjoyed it. She was cheery even with all of her treatments. Though I was not her personal caregiver, I enjoyed little chats with her whenever I saw her. I will miss her.
My sincere condolences to all of the family.
With love

Cindy Clapp

November 16, 2012

Teresa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

November 16, 2012

Teresa, Doug & family - our deepest sympathy to you and the McDonnell family in the loss of your mother.

Ron, Linda, Jennifer, Arni & families

November 16, 2012

Our condolences to the whole family. You will have lots of good memories to cherish. Louise and Garry Lamont (Clarksburg, On)