Margaret Grace Finlin
March 28, 1927 – Nov. 26, 2018
Margaret Grace Finlin (nee Miller) passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord on the morning of Nov. 26, 2018, at the age of 91 at the Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House. She leaves to mourn her passing her sons: James (Janice) Finlin, Bryan (Mary) Finlin and daughter Myrna (James) Morrish; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Margaret was the youngest of two children and only daughter born to Sadie Grace and Clifford Wellington Miller who lived on a dairy farm in Kitscoty, Alta. Margaret and her brother Jack spent a lot of time delivering milk by horse and buggy in Kitscoty throughout their childhood.
Margaret soon grew to be a beautiful young lady who fell in love with William James Lyle, the strong and handsome son of nearby farmers. He pursued her and waited for her until her parents said they could marry “next year”, so Lyle and Maggie married on Jan. 1 of 1946. Together, they lived a long, happy and fulfilling life.
The newlyweds settled on a farm just outside of Kitscoty and the following year Lyle and Margaret welcomed son James Clifford. Just two years later they welcomed Bryan Glenn and finally a few years later their only daughter Myrna Dianne.
Margaret spent much of her time helping Lyle out on the farm and raising the children. She also had several jobs throughout the years including being a telephone operator and a bank teller.
After many years Margaret and Lyle decided to leave the farm life behind and move into the village of Kitscoty, where they spent much of their time tending their large garden and collection of flowers. Following Lyle’s retirement from the oilfield, he and Margaret moved to Lloydminster and from there to the Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House in 2007. The two lovebirds were finally separated when Lyle passed away in 2015, shortly after he and Margaret celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Margaret dedicated her life to her family, enjoying many special occasions of cooking meals for their kids, grandchildren and other extended family. Their home was always warm, welcoming and full of laughter. They enjoyed travelling together to many places including Hawaii, Mexico, Arizona and Alaska. They also enjoyed spending much of their summers at Laurier Lake, hunting and fishing.
Margaret was a truly loving and devoted wife and mother, always ready to have a friendly chat, tell stories about the good old days, give advice or to lend a helping hand. She was an accomplished cook and visitors were never turned away before they had their fill of delicious food prepared with love, especially seafood feasts or homemade wonton soup. Margaret was dedicated to the Lord, and was an example of a true Christian, generous in spirit and loving in all of her actions.
Margaret will be deeply missed by all of her many friends and family, especially her long talks, hearty laughs and loving hugs. Those of us who truly know and love her will miss her forever.
A funeral service for Margaret Grace Finlin was held at the Chapel of the Rocky Funeral Home on Nov. 30, 2018, with interment at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in Margaret’s memory to the STARS Air Ambulance or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be forwarded to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.