Margaret Gertrude Dunsdon


Margaret passed away peacefully in Summerland, BC on January 19, 2016 at the age of 100. She was born April 20, 1915, the eldest of 11 children, to Jacob and Mary Morhart in Spring Valley, SK.

As a young woman, Margaret moved to Naramata, BC where she worked as a nanny for several years before settling in Summerland, BC, taking employment as a cook at Mack’s Cafe and the old Summerland Hospital. It was here that she met and married Ted Dunsdon and together raised a family of 5 children in Garnet Valley.

She is survived by her 5 children: Richard (Marlene), Betty (Jack) Jolie, Louise (Andy) Thomsen, Robert (Viola) and David (Liz); her brother Wesley and sister Madge Mills; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Margaret was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge, Summerland Pleasure Painters and the Women’s Institute. She loved her gardening and tending her flowers. At Christmas, homemade bread and buns were delivered to families who she felt would enjoy them. Mom spent many years crafting her hobby of knitting. It brought her such joy to see countless boxes of toques, mittens, scarves and baby outfits find their way into schools and orphanages across Northern Canada and other countries around the world. She also knitted preemie hats for hospitals in BC and at Christmastime, every church in Summerland received a box of her knitted goods for their Christmas bazaars. One way or another, Mom was determined to make her way to heaven.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at Dr. Andrew Pavillion for the excellent care they provided to Mom during her stay. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In Margaret’s honor, a donation can be made to a charity of your choice.

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