In Memory

Margaret Dailey (Robson)

Margaret Dailey (Robson)

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Margaret Ann Robson

It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of Margaret Ann Robson announce her passing at age 72. Margaret died at St. Boniface Hospital on February 4th, 2016 with her loving husband at her side after she battled a brief but severe illness.

Margaret Dailey was born in Grand Forks North Dakota on October 1st, 1943 and was the third of the 5 children of Dr. Walter C and Margaret (Ramskill) Dailey. Margaret grew up and attended school in Grand Forks and was a graduate of Grand Forks Central High School Class of 1961. She went on to the University of North Dakota where she met and married the love of her life, Paul Robson of Winnipeg. Together, they raised four sons.

Margaret sat on the edge of her seat for many seasons in Winnipeg Stadium and Memorial Stadium in Grand Forks as a dedicated football wife and mother. Margaret cherished her family and enthusiastically shepherded her sons through high school and university. She reflected back often on all the neighborhood stories of her years raising four boys. She loved laughing and recalling stories about all the characters in Transcona, St.James, Ottawa and Grand Forks. Especially close to her heart were the Jauch boys and all the shenanigans the two families created together.

Margaret was an avid, skilled and competitive bridge player and loved the outings with her bridge group. Nothing was better though than a bridge game with her father and family or friends around the card table on Belmont Road in Grand Forks. Her parent's house on Belmont Road was her sanctuary. Every holiday was celebrated at that house and Margaret was the happiest when jousting with Walter about card playing, cooking, or gardening. She missed him so dearly after he passed in 2007

Margaret loved the simple pleasures of life. Gardening, cooking and canning were her favorite pastimes. Each year when the T&T seed catalogue arrived she would meticulously begin planning her flower garden. Nothing with Margaret was haphazard, everything was planned, mapped out and flawlessly executed. She nurtured her garden just as she nurtured her family ensuring that each plant or person had enough space to grow and to blossom to their full potential.

Margaret delighted in the watching all her grandchildren grow and develop and always wanted to hear about their progress on the rink, court, diamond, football, or soccer field or in the classroom. Later in life, Margaret's second set of boys came in the form of Yorkshire Terriers. She especially loved bringing the boys to Portage La Prairie to see her grandson play hockey for the Terriers and vacations in the North Dakota Badlands and Rush Lake Minnesota.

Despite living over 50 years in Winnipeg, Margaret was a proud citizen of the United States. She made sure her family had strong roots back to North Dakota and believed firmly in the values of self-reliance, and hard work. A lesson that she no doubt learned from her father as his hard work brought him from humble beginnings to a medical practice of over 50 years in Grand Forks. She adored that quality in her husband as she supported all his efforts as he advanced his career to provide for the family

Margaret is survived by her loving husband Paul and her four sons Scott, of Winnipeg, Craig (Michele) of Burnsville Minnesota, Curtis of Winnipeg and Kevin (Kristi) of Grand Forks North Dakota and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters Jean Davison (Dave) of Olwein Iowa, Marilyn OGorden (John) of Libertyville Illinois, Lois Liberio (Frank) of Carlsbad California. She is preceded in death by her parents, her infant sister, her older brother Duane and his wife Phyllis.

The family wants to thank the doctors and nurses of the ICU at Grace and St Boniface Hospitals in Winnipeg for their compassion and care during that difficult time. A funeral mass celebrating Margaret's life will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg Canada.

In lieu of flowers please plant a flower this summer in memory of Margaret. She would have liked that.

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02/26/16 11:52 AM #1    

Sandra Bruns (Berry)

Dear Margaret,  It was very interesting to read about your life after Grand Forks.  Whoever wrote your story did an excellent job.  I knew that you married and lived in Winnepeg and had four boys but not much more. I believe the last time I saw you was at a class reunion, probably the 10th, but you didn't attend any after that as far as I know.  Would have loved to chat more with you over the years.  Life took us in different directions after Grand Forks, me to New York and then Florida, and you to Winnepeg, but I did think of you from time to time and wonder about your life.  I was happy to finally find out your birthday, as I had forgotten, and as I am very interested in Astrology.

You were one of the few people with whom I attended all 12 years of GFND schooling.   Let's see, there was you and me and Mary Anne McElroy and I think that's it.  Richard Jones came over to Central too but he had attended St Michaels for a few grade school years.  We were in St Marys, St James, and Central together for all twelve years  We attended each others birthday parties and we sat next to each other in typing class and were very competative in that class seeing who could type the best and fastest.  We were both very good at it, doing probably the best in our class.

Farewell from a fellow classmate,

Sandra Berry (Bruns)

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