BOWYER, Sarah Margaret

Sarah Margaret Bowyer died in Stettler, Alberta, on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the age of 92. Margaret was born in Ottawa, Ontario on September 11, 1917. Her early years were spent in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She worked in Loblaw’s Grocery Store where she met and married the Loblaw’s produce manager, Edwin Bowyer on September 24, 1938. Ed soon went into the ministry and was ordained an Anglican priest. Margaret spent the next 70 years by his side until Ed died on January 1, 2009. Over the years they lived in Ontario, Iowa, Minnesota, Alberta, Saskatchewan, England, California, British Columbia, and Manitoba.They loved to travel and traveled extensively by car all over the United States and Canada. Over the years they raised five children: Peggy, David, Peter, Susan, and Bobby. Bobby was killed in a tragic vehicle accident in 1968 at the age of 14. Peter died from cancer in 2007. Margaret was a very good cook (she and Ed preferred to stay home and enjoy her cooking rather than to go out to eat.) She was a very accomplished knitter, making beautiful baby clothes and hats. She loved to write and receive letters, maintaining contact with friends from everywhere they had lived. Margaret enjoyed light classical music and a good mystery novel. She was an avid rummy and scrabble player, and still managed to defeat her fellow players even at the age of 92. This past year was a difficult one for Margaret as she dealt with failing health and the death of her husband of 70 years. In January of 2009 she moved into daughter, Susan’s home in Big Valley, Alberta. When she regained her health, she moved into Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler, Alberta, just a short drive away from Big Valley. She enjoyed the company of the people in the lodge and appreciated the many kindnesses shown her by the staff. Margaret is survived by three children: Rev. Susan Bowyer of Big Valley, David (Gail) Bowyer of Bluffton, South Carolina and Peggy Alexander of Edina, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Margaret was predeceased by husband, Edwin, two sons, Peter and Bobby; and siblings, George and Dorothy. Thank you to the staff and residents of Heart Haven Lodge, the Home Care workers, and the doctors and staff of the Stettler Regional Health Care Center for your care and compassion. A service to celebrate Margaret’s life was held in the Stettler Funeral Home on Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Debra Stockdale preceding. Stettler United Church Choir led the singing and sang an anthem. Evelyn Strandquist played the organ for the chosen hymns. A luncheon was held after the service at the Heartland Fellowship Hall by the Erskine and Botha U.C.W. Memorial donations may be made to Foster Parent’s Plan International or a charity of your choice.

STETTLER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information call 403-742-3422.

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