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Obituary for Margaret Twittey

Margaret Twittey
Twittey, Margaret Lorraine
July 16, 1932 Camrose, Alberta
January 4, 2018 Calgary, Alberta

Margaret Lorraine Twittey, beloved wife of Herbert, went into the arms of our Lord peacefully on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Margaret was born in Camrose Alberta on July 16, 1932, the 2nd of 5 children. No longer able to care for them after their mother died in childbirth, their father had no choice but to turn all 5 children over for adoption. Margaret found a new home with her new mom, Mrs. Annie Fleming. As an adult, Margaret, wanting to give other children an opportunity for a good life, would pay it forward by adopting 4 children of her own, David, Jonathan, and twins Heather and Margaret (Marg).

Margaret was a dearly loved mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be remembered for her delicious baking and her talent for crafting. However, above it all was her love for music and her steadfast faith and abiding devotion to God. An opera-trained soloist Margaret was in demand throughout the city at various churches where she shared her beautiful voice among the backdrop of God’s comforting people.

Undaunted by a later divorce, single-parent Margaret broke societal rules of the times with her dogged determination to earn a degree in education and then start a career as a Music teacher. In 2018 it’s hard to imagine the difficult life a woman such a Margaret led back then. A divorced woman attending night school while raising a family was not viewed in the same light it would be today. Today Margaret’s story reads like a novel whose heroine serves as inspiration to all women.

Margaret married Herbert on July 31, 1974. Together they would travel the world as Chaperones with the Calgary Stampede showband and often housed international students at their Sundre acreage, affectionately called the “Mother Barn” by some of her grandchildren.

Margaret leaves behind her husband Herbert Twittey, daughters Heather Offet (Kris) and Marg Twittey (Marj Wilson), sons Bob Twittey, Jonathan Dick (Silvana) and David Dick. She will be lovingly remembered by her 5 grandchildren, Darci, Jaydee, Candice, Kyle and J. Morgan.

Margaret is also survived by her siblings whom she successfully spent years searching for, some of whom were able to visit with Margaret during her time in the hospice. They are Joan Cameron (Alistair) and Irene Rino (Mike). Her other siblings William and Robert passed away but not before reuniting with their sisters. Margaret was also predeceased by her natural parents, her adoptive mother Annie Fleming, and adopted sister Florence Pletch.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Dulcina Hospice for the love and respect they gave to Margaret during her time there. And a special thank you to Mary Ellen Goslin for often helping to care for both Margaret and Herbert during these last few years.

Margaret’s funeral service will be celebrated at Northmount Baptist Church (451 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Margaret will be interned prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Margaret’s honour may be made to support the hospice program in Alberta including Dulcina Hospice at St. Marguerite Manor at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13925. For more direction please call 587.230.5500 or email foundation@covenanthealth.ca.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Margaret please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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