Margaret Eleanor (Walker) Bouclin
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Marg passed away peacefully on the morning of August 19, 2013, weeks short of her 83 birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, John in 1993, her daughter Claire in 2012, her sister Pat in 1996 and a nephew, Grant in 1982. She is survived by her other 3 children, Michael of Salmon Arm, B.C., David (Susan) of Saskatoon, Ann-Marie (Daryle) Latoski of Calgary and son-in-law Joe Donlevy of Saskatoon. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jennifer (Kevin) Morgans of Calgary, Marc (Reinee) Bouclin of Edmonton, John (Sharon) Thompson of Camrose, Alberta, Lisa (Trent) Hammond of Hanley, Sask., Lori (Cody) Sander of Saskatoon, Matthew and Christopher Donlevy of Saskatoon, and Colin, Louis and Sean Latoski of Calgary and her extended family also includes Susan's 2 daughters Renee (Randy) Ellis of Saskatoon and Tanya Briere of Regina and son, Dustin Briere of Saskatoon. She also has 13 great-grandchildren. Her brother Alan Walker, his wife Pat and their family of Langley, B.C. also survive her. Margaret was born in Landis, Sask. in 1930 and moved with her family first to Asquith and then in 1937 to Elrose, Sask. where her father was manager of the Royal Bank. War broke out two years later and Bank moves were suspended for a time so the family stayed in Elrose until the death of Margaret's father in 1949 at which time her mother and brother moved to Langley, B.C. to be closer to her sister Pat and husband Ken Atwell who were in business in Langley. Margaret had attended Teacher's College in Saskatoon and was teaching in Mondou at the time and became engaged to John Bouclin. Margaret's second year of teaching was in Lloydminster and on July 8, 1950 John and Margaret were married at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Edmonton and returned to the farm in Mondou to live. In 1956 they bought land near Elrose, built a house and moved there. John became involved in the insurance business in the winter months and the family moved to Saskatoon from 1974 to 1977, returning to Elrose to build a house in town and continuing to farm until retirement in 1984. They sold their house in 1993 and moved to Saskatoon and John died in November that year. Music always had an important part in Margaret's life as she took part in festivals, taught piano, did accompanying, played the piano in a dance band and the organ at church, directed and sang in choirs and in later years sang in the Finale group of Saskatoon Choraliers. Marg and John enjoyed many happy years wintering in Vegas and Mesa, Arizona and it was in Mesa that they started playing duplicate bridge. Later they became members of the Saskatoon Bridge Club where they made many friends. Marg obtained her Life Masters designation in 1995 and became a Silver Life Master in 2010. Margaret joined the Catholic Women's League in 1950 and was a faithful member for 63 years. She was Saskatoon Diocesan President from 1975 to 1977 and Provincial President from 1983 to 1985 and was given a Life Membership at the end of her term. She was also a die-hard Rider fan, an avid reader and a game show junkie and always had a crossword puzzle on the go. In the 1990's she learned to use a computer and derived much pleasure from it. Marg felt very blessed to have been granted many years to watch her family grow and to participate in many of their activities. The family would like to express their thanks to Marg's many care-givers and doctors including Dr. S. Ahmed, Dr. Gardiner and the staff at St. Paul's Hospital and the Palliative Care Ward. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, 20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 4H4. Vigil of Prayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, (114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, SK). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., also at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home (306) 244-5577.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013