OBITUARY

Margaret Elizabeth Clarke (Nee Feyrer)

March 26, 1933 - Brooks, AB February 11, 2021 - Calgary, AB

With much sadness, we say good-bye to a beloved mother, grandmother (Gramma), great-grandmother (GG), sister, aunt, and cherished friend to many. Margaret Elizabeth Clarke was predeceased by her parents Laura and Joseph Feyrer, her sister Ann Feyrer, and two husbands, Robert Paugh and Malcolm Clarke.

As there was no hospital in the area then, Margaret was born in the doctor’s office in the town of Brooks, near the family farm. She was just a tyke when difficulty breathing and leg weakness brought a diagnosis of polio. The four-year-old was rushed to Medicine Hat General Hospital, which had just acquired an Iron Lung. Thankfully, her illness was considered mild; after nine hours in the noisy machine, she was sent home to recuperate, and eventually started lessons at home before doctors declared her strong enough to join older sister Ann at public school. There were no school buses then and, like other farm kids, the two girls rode their ponies to and from school. Margaret’s pony Mickey was a trickster and found ways daily to dump his rider, albeit only on the trip home from school! The family lived on two other farms during Margaret’s growing up years, one north of Calgary near the town of Carstairs and the other south of High River, near Cayley.

Margaret earned her Registered Nursing degree at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and went on for her degree as Public Health Nurse at the University of Alberta, where she met engineering student Robert Paugh. She went to work in and around the southeastern Alberta hamlet of New Brigden for a time, and in 1956, she and Bobby were married. Margaret was employed in Calgary with the Victorian Order of Nurses and retired from nursing when their first baby arrived. Sadly, Bobby became ill and died after their third son was born, leaving Margaret to raise the boys alone. To honour his memory, she set up two annual bursaries for engineering students at the University of Calgary, one for a second-year student and one for a graduate student. One of Canada’s top business leaders, Gwyn Morgan of Encana Corp. fame, was one of those financially-strapped students and has lauded her generosity (the bursary program continues to this day). The young widow was acquainted with one of Bobby’s Calgary Power colleagues who was also widowed with children; a romance blossomed, and “Margie” married Malcolm Clarke in 1965, blending a family of seven children!

Margaret was very loved and will be sorely missed; she had an infectious smile and was positive and cheerful; she gave solid and practical advice when asked, and was always on the go, whether off on overseas trips with Malcolm, coffee with friends or exercising at the pool, walking paths or in chair-fit classes. Her friends at Northmount Baptist Church were very dear to her; she had a strong faith in God and loved to help wherever she could. Margaret and Malcolm were very generous with their resources and helped their grandchildren with tuition when it came time for post-secondary education.

An avid hiker, world traveler and life-long volunteer at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Margaret loved nature and could identify nearly any wildflower east of the Rockies! Family was very important to her; she was truly our matriarch - Canada Day picnics, the famous Clarke Family Christmas Party, New Year’s Day dinners, regular grandkid sleepovers with ice cream, gingersnap baking and visits to the zoo, etc. - we are left with many happy memories.

Margaret is survived by her brother Bill (Joan) Feyrer, with Laura Feyrer (Liam Edwards) and their daughter Ione Edwards, and Julia Feyrer. Margaret leaves her seven children: Brent (Patty) and their children Katherine (Will) Biggart, Elisabeth (Matieu) Petit, and David; Blair (Valerie Bosse); Cordell (Candayce) and son Jason; Alan (Donna) and sons Adrian and Nigel; David (Julia) and children Daniel (Lauren Vanderuytblock), Sarah (Jeff) Hachey, Andrew, Joshua, Raymond, Thomas, James, Melena and Lavelle; Nicole Miller and sons Shawn (Laura) and Ryan; Larry (Eileen) and children Justin (Dasha), Tayla (Kris) Wonitowy, Erik (Jessica) and Shania. Margaret’s great-grandchildren are Ben and about-to-be-born baby Biggart; Lucas, Quinn, Zoey and Harlow Hachey; Lacey, Jadyn and Liam; Malcolm, Peter and Benedict Miller; Jaxon and Elle Wonitowy; Norah and Emily Clarke. Margaret also leaves behind cherished friend and niece Mary (Brian) Cummins and dear friends Ruth Hurst, Jacci MacLeod and Norma Lendrum.

Margaret asked that any memorial donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders at https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca, The Salvation Army at https://salvationarmy.ca or the Canadian Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.ca.

A Private Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Northmount Baptist Church. All others are invited to join the service virtually at Funeral For Margaret Clarke - YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-_lAQpx-DI

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Jennifer Butterworth [Roxburgh]

February 21, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all of you. We always enjoyed our family visits with you. The four of us and seven of you! What a lot of noise it must have been and through it all I remember your mom was so calm and happy, feeding us all and having a visit with my parents and your dad making jokes and entertaining us all. The Christmas visits were fun.

Dorothy Bernard

February 20, 2021

I lived across the hall to Margie when we were in nurses residence, and every morning (0615) there was always a “ good morning” and the biggest smile from Margie.
My deepest sympathy to all her fabulous family . Dorrie

Barbara Francis(Roxburgh)

February 19, 2021

I have so many happy memories of spending time with your family. I always loved how warm, welcoming and downright amazing fun your mom and dad (Malcolm) were. I send deepest sympathy.
Barbara

Irene Berthelet

February 19, 2021

David and Julie
My deepest condolences regarding the passing of your mother, Margaret. My prayers are with you all.
Irene

Nicole Miller

February 19, 2021



If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
Unknown

Marjorie Murray (Hanks)

February 19, 2021

So many very special memories of growing up going to Northmount Baptist Church & my parents friendship with Margaret & Malcom. Our family visits when I was a child at the Clark family home. Margaret always making me feel so welcome everytime I was able to visit Northmount Baptist after I had moved away from Edmonton.
You will truly be missed Mrs Clark 💕

Skip Fleischman

February 18, 2021

My beloved friend Margaret. Where do I start? A lifelong friend who shared many a New Years Day at our farm at Blackie when I was a child then later somehow in her busy life made time to visit my parents (the Jorgensens) and us during the Christmas season in High River. Those visits (accompanied by Ann) continued after I was widowed and my parents were gone as well. How delighted I was when Bill asked her what additional thing she would like to do to honor her 85th birthday. Her reply was Yes, I want to go to High River to visit Skip! You were always at the end of the phone and there for the two of us to share all of our latest news. Though short in stature, I looked (way) up to you all my life. I can only imagine how all of your much-cherished family will miss you and my heart goes out to each and every one of them. Godspeed, my friend!

Tayla Wonitowy

February 18, 2021

Grandma made wonderful sewn gifts for all her grandchildren which I'm sure many of us still have. We each have a special baby quilt Grandma made for us; mine was Noah's Ark.
Grandma made me a Tayla doll and I remember one year she made me and my doll matching Christmas dresses; I loved that!
Grandma also made me a pillow blanket with my name on it when I went on tour with the Canadian Continentals because she said I would need to be warm and comfortable on the bus. I still use it and it kept me comfortable at night during both of my pregnancies.
One Christmas, Grandma made me pillows into the letters of my name! She always remembered my favourite colour is purple and would always have that colour in the gifts she made for me.
Jaxon and Elle also have baby blankets from Grandma and I love that I'll be able to share special memories of their GG who loved them so much.

Ray Powder

February 18, 2021

Blessed and Honoured is what I am grateful for Grandma Clarke. When we went to her home for Christmas, it was a blessed time and the Christnas Breakfast was Amazing. I knew that our hours spent at her were only minutes and I did not want to leave as it was a delight in hearing her tell stories and gaining a great perspective from her. Sincere Love, Prayers and Thoughts to the family at this time.

Phillipians 1:21 ❤️🌼

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY