Margaret M. MacDonald
Born In: Sandfield, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: December 23rd, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Margaret Maryann MacDonald, also known to most as Margaret Angus D., formerly of Terra Nova, on Dec. 23. 2012, at the Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility with her daughter Katie Ann at her side.
Margaret was the second eldest daughter of five children born to Neil and Maggie Sarah (MacDonald ) MacKeigan.
She was proud to have been born and brought up in Sandfield, Mira. She had a great love for the Mira River and all the people around it. After the death of her father in 1926 her mother and her siblings moved back to her mother’s family home also in Sandfield and lived with Margaret’s uncle John Hector MacDonald, who Margaret had great love and respect for. Her only language up until the age of nine was Gaelic. Summers were spent visiting MacCuish and MacDonald relatives of Salem Road and Lake Uist.
During the early 1940s she spent five years working for Mrs. Holm in New Waterford. The late 40s were spent working in Sydney as a housekeeper for several families. In 1950 she moved to Zion Hill, Terra Nova, to live with her cousin, Mary MacDonald where she met the local Postmaster Angus D. MacDonald. They were married in 1953. After his death in 1960 Margaret continued on as Postmistress until the rural post offices closed in 1967.
In 1975 her house was lost to a fire but with the guidance, determination, and connections of the late Father John H. MacGregor, and alot of help from neighbours and friends a new home was built that summer. Margaret got great enjoyment in feeding and watching the birds at the feeders. Mom enjoyed picking berries and entertaining visitors.
In 2004 after being confined to a wheelchair she decided to make the Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility her new home, where she spent an amazing eight years; the staff and residents became like family to her.
Mom was a choir member and a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Loch Lomond. She was also a member of the Loch Lomond Heritage Association since its inception in 1979 until the present.
She loved to attend the card games, suppers and dances but playing darts was her favourite. She was so proud to have been selected sports woman of the year twice.
She is survived by son, Dan Neil (Bev Richardson), who lives on the family property in Terra Nova; her daughter, Katie Ann and husband, Vince Gillis, Sydney Forks; her sister, Neila and brother-in-law, Ted Young, Halifax. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Dolena Agnes (1994), sisters, Dollie (age four), Annie Dolena, and a brother, Archie (Joan).
Donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to MacCuish/MacKeigan Cemetery or a charity of choice.
Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, Rev. Murdock MacRae will officiate, assisted by Rev. Everett MacDow. A reception will follow the funeral service, all at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Interment in MacCuish/MacKeigan Cemetery, Lake Uist.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.twcurry.com