Obit­u­ary

The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths -

MAR­GARET Mary Cowl­ing, or Margo as she was af­fec­tion­ately known, passed away on De­cem­ber 12, 2015 af­ter a fall at home.

Her ashes will be brought ‘home’ to Oban to be scat­tered.

Margo was born on Jan­uary 19, 1947 to Hugh and Anas­ta­sia Carmichael, for­merly of Dun­staffnage and Oban.

Margo was born seven weeks pre­ma­turely, be­ing de­liv­ered at home in Dun­staffnage by her late beloved dad, Hugh, with the aid and guidance of her late mum, Anas­ta­sia, who was a mid­wife.

Hugh was the el­dest son of Margo’s pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents, Cather­ine and Hec­tor Carmichael of Oban.

The fam­ily left Oban dur­ing 1960 to start a new life on the Earl Of Derby Es­tate at Knowsley Park.

Margo went on to marry and had two sons, Ian and Jeremy. Trag­i­cally her el­dest son, Ian, died in 2008, aged 42.

Margo un­der­took her nurs­ing train­ing at Knowsley and St He­lens NHS Trust Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, fa­mous for its Burns and Plas­tics Unit, on Mersey­side.

Fa­ther Thomas Wynne, her for­mer parish priest from child­hood at St Columba’s Cathe­dral, Oban, gave the fam­ily a great source of spir­i­tual com­fort over many years.

For her fu­neral, he wrote a lovely let­ter about Margo as a young child, which was read out by her sis­ter Jean at her re­quiem mass.

Margo is sur­vived by her youngest son, Jeremy, sis­ter Jean, and brother-in-law Will.

Also her spe­cial nephew, David Carmichael, whom Margo looked af­ter as an in­fant when his mother took very ill. He was like a third son to her.

Mar­garet Mary Cowl­ing who has passed away af­ter a fall at home.

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