KINNIBURGH, MAR­GARET

Novem­ber 24, 1922 - Jan­uary 13, 2017

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Af­ter a se­ries of com­plex health con­di­tions, Mar­garet Mil­lie (Ni­coll) Kinniburgh suc­cumbed (her word) to death on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, 2017 at the Edith Cavell Care Cen­tre in Leth­bridge. Born a twin, Novem­ber 24, 1922, she was very shortly pre­de­ceased by her sis­ter, Cather­ine Frances. Her par­ents, Phoebe & Bob Ni­coll home­steaded near Bind­loss, and their lit­tle fam­ily was com­pleted when Robert Fran­cis joined them in 1925. Mar­garet’s pre­ma­ture birth, along with farm­ing dur­ing the de­pres­sion, gave her a strong will to sur­vive and the abil­ity to make some­thing from al­most noth­ing. This cre­ativ­ity (fru­gal­ity) was ex­pressed in knit­ting, sew­ing, cooking, gar­den­ing, cal­lig­ra­phy, build­ing friend­ships, and believ­ing in the pos­si­ble. Her life-long friend­ship with two of her early teach­ers speaks of how greatly they in­spired her; read­ing be­ing that which would trans­port her when iso­la­tion and dis­abil­i­ties limited her life. For many years Mar­garet en­joyed a strong sis­ter­hood through UCW and was al­ways glad to par­tic­i­pate in church choirs, so­cial and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties where she was of­ten the driver for some of the “Older” ladies in the group. Mar­garet and David Kinniburgh were mar­ried Au­gust 18, 1954 and had four girls and nearly 54 years to­gether. Another pre­ma­ture death came when their youngest, Heather Eve­lyn, died July 31, 1974, ex­actly 10 years af­ter her Grandpa Car­men Kinniburgh. While Cal­gary, North Bat­tle­ford, Air­drie, Delia, Ir­ri­cana, Drumheller and Leth­bridge were all places Mar­garet made her home, the prairie (as she re­ferred to the Bind­loss area) was where she was for­ever from, and gladly vis­ited fam­ily there as long as she was able. Fam­ily ties to On­tario were also strong. Mar­garet took her first air­plane trip to Toronto in 1950 in or­der to visit aunts, un­cles and cousins in Strat­ford and Sar­nia, and was sad that she’d never met her Ni­coll grand­par­ents prior to their deaths. Mar­garet & Dave made trips coast to coast to coast in Canada, and for many years trav­elled the tri­an­gle from Kil­lam to Fort McMur­ray to Grande Prairie to visit the girls and their fam­i­lies – Cather­ine & Dale Sazwan (John & Court­ney; Adam & Shawna); Janet & Bob Richardson (Dawn & Ryan; Doug); and Wendy & Les Hil­liard ( Tyler & Michelle; Sarah & Trudy; Jeff & Ash­ley). The girls are now liv­ing in Grande Prairie, Stet­tler, and Monarch, re­spec­tively; and the grand­chil­dren are spread from Al­berta to New­found­land. Along with the im­me­di­ate fam­ily, she is sur­vived by brother and sis­ter-in-law Jim & Kris Kinniburgh; and sis­ters-in-law Leona (Ling) Ni­coll; Ree­nee Kinniburgh; and Eileen Kinniburgh; cousins, neph­ews, nieces, dear friends, peers and care­givers. Pre­de­ceased by her sis­ter, daugh­ter and hus­band, many oth­ers have gone be­fore Mar­garet: her par­ents Bob & Phoebe (McDon­ald) Ni­coll; in-laws Car­men & Edith (Hawkey) Kinniburgh; brother Fran­cis Ni­coll, and neph­ews Glen & Paul Ni­coll; brother & sis­ter-in­law Percy & Marj Kinniburgh. Mar­garet’s life and faith will be cel­e­brated at Air­drie United Church, 216 1st Av­enue, Air­drie, AB on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm. . Mes­sages of con­do­lence may be left for the fam­ily at www.myal­ter­na­tives.ca.

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