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Racine, Robert & Gauthier Funeral Home

180 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Margaret (Marguerite) Rose Bailey

March 24, 1930January 5, 2020

Following a brief illness, Marg passed away peacefully on January 5, 2020 at the age of 89. Daughter to the late Emile and Lucienne (Lalonde) Bailey. She leaves to mourn her only sister Denise White (late Kenneth White). Marg was a loving aunt to Steven (Caroline), Richard (Jessica), Greg (Janet Campbell), the late Peter (Bonnie), Paul (late Susan), Matthew and Susan (Patrick) Kealey. Marg cherished her many grandnephews and grandnieces Ashley, Austin, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Christopher, Derek, Samantha, William, Wesley, Jacob and Sidney; and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces Karissa, Arabella, Xander and Felix.

Marg was a doer with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. She was an avid traveler and lover of the arts—from theatre, opera, museums, music and collectables from around the world. Marg’s humility, strength and intelligence were appreciated by all who knew her. She was an accomplished partner at a top interior design firm in Ottawa during the 1950’s to late 1970’s. Marg lived fully and was an inspiration on how to live a good life. She loved sports; she was a swimmer and skier for most of her life. Her love of cooking, baking and eating will not be forgotten.

Marg was a kind and generous soul. She was always happy to lend a helping hand and offer guidance to family and friends. She was a compassionate volunteer from a very early age and throughout her whole life. An achiever by any measure, it is her big heartedness and uncommon kindness that will be most sorely missed. No more needs to be said by those of us lucky enough to have experienced her warmth and humanity.

The family offers this poem as an ode to their beautiful aunt.

My aunt was a woman who had smiles to brighten your days, who always made you feel good with her warm words of praise. And what’s more she knew what to do to make wishes come true. She was my aunt. My aunt was someone who always had good stories to tell, but just as importantly she knew how to be a good listener as well. She was patient and kind and the very best friend you could ever hope to find. She was no ordinary person. And I’m proud to tell the world that Margaret Bailey was my aunt. -Unknown author (modified)

The family is appreciative of the excellent care Marg received. A special thanks to the Montfort Hospital, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, the Embassy West Senior Living retirement home and the PSWs from Bayshore through the Champlain LHIN.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

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Susan Kealey

January 10, 2020

I’m Marguerite’s only niece Susan, with her 6 nephews I felt special. She pampered me and treated me like I was her daughter too. It’s hard growing up with 6 brothers but having a second mom made it a little bit easier. My aunt was always there when I needed her, she was encouraging when I needed it, she was loving when I needed it, she was stern when I needed it, even if I didn’t think so. She was always travelling somewhere when I was young and I really thought she was a superwoman! She had a great career, was independent when that wasn’t the norm, and she was beautiful inside and out. When I didn’t know what to do after high school she offered to pay for me to go to college to learn a career like hers perhaps, interior design but I was too stupid and confused to take her up on it. That’s my one big regret in my life. Aunt Marg I would be a different person if I had only listened to you, you were so smart and kind and I didn’t appreciate the life changing path you tried to lead me down. We can’t go back and I have a beautiful family of my own so I can’t complain. I just wanted everyone to know what a special person she was and how much she’s going to be missed by me, especially the 8pm after Jeopardy phone calls these last few years to check up on you and see how was your day and if you needed anything, good night Aunt Marg and Gods speed. I will never forget you. I’ve added a photo that shows her beauty and love of life!

Elaine ST.AUBIN

January 8, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to Marg's family, especially Greg and Elizabeth. Also my sister, Sharon, who spent so much time with Marg, enjoying life together. She was an inspiration and a joy to be with. Elaine and Henry

Elizabeth White

January 7, 2020

Marg was such a positive influence to all those fortunate enough to know her. I’m so grateful she was a part of my life. I have so many memories of Marg. From our time spent at her cottage, watching in awe as she would swim across the lake and back. The countless nights playing cards with Memere, Desneiges and my family. And of course listening to, and learning from, her stories of adventure, curiosity and determination. Marg will always be a woman whom I look up to.

Here’s to you, Marg!

Candy Jacobsen

January 7, 2020

I have not met Marg personally but from what I am reading that is exactly what my good and best friend Sharon Senack said about her. I heard so many good story from their time they spent in France . My condolences to the family and especially to Sharon and Elizabeth. She surely will be missed by all. God Speed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY