Margaret K. Canada

April 3, 1947May 8, 2019

Margaret was born April 3, 1947 in Lyons, Kansas to John Curtin and Bessie Lee (Fisher) Cyphert.

Margaret graduated from Geneseo High school in Geneseo, Kansas. After her graduation she attended St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS and Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, KS. After school Margaret went to work for Sante Fe Railroad in Topeka, KS. She eventually settled in Kansas City North to work for Fidelity Life Insurance Company and then at Oak Park High school. There she started as a teaching assistant and moved to the Counseling Department as an office administrator for over 20 years.

While living in the Northland, Margaret was an active member of Meadowbrook United Methodist Church for many years. There she enjoyed participating in bible study as well as being a Sunday school teacher for many years. She also held positions on the church council as well as teaching vacation bible school.

Margaret's love for teaching also led her to volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America for almost 30 years. She served as a Den Mother for her local Cub Pack, and then branched out to the District level. There she helped lead Cub Scout Day Camp and Pow Wow training for Scout leaders. She held other training positions on the Cub Scout Roundtable and North Star District Training Team. Eventually she served as a District Commissioner and won the Silver Beaver Award.

Margaret was preceded in death by husband Fredrick Canada; parents John, Bessie; siblings Helen Wilson, Anna Lee Peverley, Robert Cyphert and Tom Cyphert.

Survivors include children Paul Harrison Showalter and Mary Frances (Showalter) Markstrom; son-in-law Ruben Markstrom; siblings Rosemary Wilson, John Cyphert and Frances Day.


  • John Curtin Cyphert, Father
  • Bessie Lee Fisher, Mother
  • Fredrick Canada, Husband
  • Helen Wilson, Sister
  • Anna Lee Peverley, Sister
  • Robert Cyphert, Brother
  • Tom Cyphert, Brother
  • Paul Harrison Showalter, Son
  • Mary Frances (Showalter Markstrom, Daughter
  • Ruben Markstrom, Son-in-law
  • Rosemary Wilson, Sister
  • John Cyphert, Brother
  • Frances Day, Sister


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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Brenda Ferguson

May 11, 2019

Margaret was such a sweet person. She was a proud mother, who liked to share her children’s accomplishments: their jobs; Paul’s first house; his biking adventures; the concert trips; family meals and vacations like Branson; Mary’s wedding. Margaret was my lunch buddy, colleague and friend. She will be truly missed.