It was a joyous reunion in Heaven on Sunday, March 12, 2023, when Margaret was reunited with her mother, father and brothers. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Margaret Muriel Haley was born Wednesday, March 21, 1917, to Mary (Neilsen) and Michael Haley in Fort Frances, Ontario. Margaret was the youngest of three children and the only girl.
She graduated from Fort Frances High School, moved to Winnipeg for business classes and later returned to Fort Frances. The majority of her working career was spent as a secretary at the paper mill in Fort Frances. This is where she made many friends.
Margaret was a life long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was very active in the church.
Simply stated, Margaret loved company, be it with family or friends. She loved to entertain and visit over tea. It didn’t matter if she had known you for years or if you had just moved in next door, Margaret was always up for tea. If you were lucky enough to catch her at the right time, she would have just finished baking a batch of cookies or a dessert – made from scratch, of course.
In addition to baking, cooking and attending church, Margaret loved to travel and was always on the lookout for a good deal when shopping. Extra sharp cheese and tart foods were her favourites.
When her great-nieces were on the diving team, she could be found in the stands cheering them on at both home meets and away meets. She was an active participant in their lives.
Margaret had a great sense of humour and her laugh was contagious. You always found yourself with a smile when you spent time with her. She had this way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room, like you were two peas in a pod.
She loved her family and friends with all her heart. Her face would light up with a big smile and her eyes would sparkle when she spent time with them. Dogs, the bigger the better, also had the same effect.
She is preceded in death by her parents Mary and Michael Haley; brothers Ernest and Maurice (Buzz) Haley; sisters-in-law Lucille Haley and Shirley Haley.
Margaret leaves behind her niece Cheryl (William) Berg; great-nieces Heather (Jeremy) Kantos, Kallie (Roy) Kantos; great-great-niece Abby Geldert; and special friends Diane Maxey, Pat and Bob Dakin, Marie Bock and many other close friends and relatives.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Fort Frances.
If desired, memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s name to the Rainycrest Auxiliary, 550 Osborne Street, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 3T2, Canada.
Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home Ltd. Emo, Ontario.