Margaret Govier, 83, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Margaret was born in Wingham, Ont. on May 12, 1925 to the late Alfred and Annie Nesbit and grew up on a family farm near Auburn, Ont.
She was united in marriage to William (Bill) Govier on March 2, 1946 and they spent 61 years together before Bill died on Aug. 4, 2007.
The couple farmed, trucked, and logged in Huron and Perth counties before moving “up north” to Burriss Township in 1962. After four years in Burriss, they moved to the outskirts of Emo and Marg took a job in the kitchen of the Emo Red Cross Hospital, where she stayed for 25 years.
Bill and Marg spent a lot of time travelling Western Canada visiting Charolais cattle breeders, and always were proud to tell people they were from Rainy River District.
Displaying Govier’s Petting Zoo at local functions, and practising the art of traditional rug hooking were two of Marg’s retirement activities. She was a member of the local Rug Hooking Guild and was interested in preserving the heritage of the craft.
She also was a member of the Rainy River Valley Fair Board, the Women’s Institute, and St. George’s Anglican Church Women.
In the last few years, she derived much pleasure from her visits with the nurses in the Hemodialysis Unit at La Verendrye Hospital.
Margaret was predeceased by sister, Mary Gray; and brothers, Lawrence and Frank Nesbit.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Linda (Stan) Armstrong of Sleeman, Ont. and sons, Tom (Gail) of Emo, Ont. and Herb (Donna) of Sleeman, Ont. Granny also will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Jennifer (Dave), Corrie (Emma), Sarah, Lisa (Ryan), Russell, and Jim; and great-grandchildren, Evan, Keira, Dillon, and Olivia.
She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Nesbit.
Family and friends were received Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., where funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Rev. Eileen Bragg officiated, with interment to take place in the Emo Cemetery at a later date.
Marg’s pallbearers were her grandchildren and their spouses.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made the Hemodialysis Unit at La Verendrye Hospital or the St. George’s Anglican Church c/oNorthridge Funeral Home, P.0. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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