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Margaret Katherine BOLTON


1932 - 2019
Margaret Katherine BOLTON Obituary
MARGARET KATHERINE BOLTON May 6, 1932 - July 29, 2019 Margaret Katherine (Kline Lawford) Bolton, BA (U of S), was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in the spring of 1932. She died on July 29, 2019 after leading a full life of quiet achievement and generosity of spirit; she earned a BA in Economics, worked with the forerunner of Medicare in Canada, married a man who became a prominent Canadian neurologist, and became an avid distance runner in mid-life. She was a devoted wife and loving mother to her three children.

Margaret's origins were uniquely Canadian. She was the daughter of a Metis man and of a woman from a pioneer family in the Territories (now Saskatchewan). Her father Joseph Klyne was a radiology technician in Weyburn, SK, and her mother, Dorothy Katherine Lawford PhD, became an esteemed Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. The university created the Dorothy K. Kline Award for Biochemistry in her honour after her tragic death in a car accident in 1965.

When Margaret was four years old, her mother Dorothy developed spinal tuberculosis and was confined to a TB sanitorium for 13 years. Margaret and her sister Marion were then adopted by Dorothy's brother Gardiner Lawford and his wife Stella (nee Dalgleish). Margaret always remembered Gardiner and Stella as wonderful parents.

As a child, Margaret was responsible and hardworking. She delivered the daily radio agricultural reports to local grain elevators near Kisbey, SK, and along with her sister Marion, she delivered groceries to the elderly.

Margaret met Charles Francis Bolton, in Weyburn, SK in 1952 when he was a young student studying Medicine at Queens University in Kingston, ON. They had a long-distance courtship while he finished his studies, and they married in 1956.

After working as a Research Economist in the Department of Public Health in Regina – the forerunner of Medicare in Canada-- Margaret became a fulltime homemaker; a role she thoroughly enjoyed. She loved raising her three children and supporting Charles in his career as a neurologist. Former Neurology Residents in London, Ontario will remember Margaret as a kind and welcoming hostess at dinner parties.

Throughout her life, Margaret continued her interest in economics and politics and enjoyed lively discussions on current policies and topics. She loved gardening, and her efforts achieved the City of London's Trillium Award. She was a caregiver to the many animals and birds that came in large numbers to her backyard. She loved people and was always willing to take the time to listen, learn, and provide help and advice. Her children's many friends were a constant presence in the home.

In her early eighties, Margaret developed dementia and moved with Charles to Vancouver to be closer to daughter Kathy and a warmer climate. The family is grateful for the love and attention provided by the caregivers she had in her final years.

Margaret died peacefully at home at age 87. She leaves Charles, her husband of 63 years, her son David (Chantal Nadeau), daughters Katherine (Chris Stokes) and Nancy (Marty Turock), grandchildren Marianne and Francis, sister Marion Johnston, sister-in-law Bette Tusz (Bolton), brother-in-law Robert Dodds and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by fathers Joseph Kline and Gardiner Lawford, mothers Dorothy Kline and Stella Lawford, brothers-in-law Gordon (Pete) Johnston and Louis Tusz and sister-in-law Mary Dodds (Bolton).

We will miss Margaret's warm smile, her inspiration and her love.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada or the University of Saskatchewan.

A celebration of Margaret's life will take place in Saskatchewan in approximately one year.

More information about Margaret's life can be found at Kearney Funeral Services website.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Aug. 24 to Aug. 28, 2019
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