MARY MARGARET BURNS (nee JOHNSON) February 1, 1920 - February 15, 2013 Passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side. Predeceased by her loving husband Wally (1987). Loving mother to Donna (Rick) Santagato, Dwight (Sharon), Raymond and Debbie Marling. Fondly remembered by her 10 grandchildren and 14 (soon to be 15) great-grandchildren. Born in Northern Bay Newfoundland and the eldest of 7 siblings. Margaret left home at age 17 staying in Nova Scotia for a few years working as a house keeper and companion to an elderly family. It was during this time the depression was ending, the war broke out, and Margaret met her future husband Wally. In 1943, Margaret came to Toronto with a group of her girlfriends to join the War effort finding employment at the John Inglis Plant assembling ammunition. Marg and Wally (a true Cape Bretoner) were married in 1944. Settled in Etobicoke (Mimico) where they raised 4 beautiful children. Marg was affectionately known as "Eekie" by her grandchildren (it's a long story!). She was an avid stock car racing fan and cheered on her son-in-law Rick faithfully every Saturday night at Sunset Speedway. In her later years, Marg loved to putter around in her own garden and the fruits of her labour are to be found in the gardens of many family members today. Special thanks to the caring personal support workers from Community Care Access Centre, CHATS (Community and Home Assistance to Seniors) and especially granddaughter Kim for her loving care and support through these last difficult months. Also a special thank you to SRT-RN Maudie Khan for his concern and special care and attention to our mom. Finally a special thanks to Dr. Robert Doherty for always being there for mom for the last 18 years. Friends may call TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME "NEWMARKET CHAPEL", 524 Davis Drive, on Tuesday, February 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 1 p.m. from St. John Chrysostom Parish, 432 Ontario Street, Newmarket. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations in memory of mom can be made to CHATS. taylorfuneralhomenewmarket.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 17, 2013