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Margaret Jane Kipling


 Margaret Jane Kipling

Margaret Jane Kipling led her life with kindness, compassion and empathy for everyone she met. On November 7, she passed peacefully at Riverview Health Centre, at the age of 74, with her children, Mona Ardelle and Clint Darren, by her side. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends. Her beautiful memories and lessons to her children and grandchildren will live on forever. Margaret was born on February 24, 1946 in Peguis, Manitoba. She often reminisced about her childhood memories with her 13 siblings. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, George Edward and Mary Bella Kipling, her brothers, Norman James, John Allan, Howard George, Ricky Brian and sisters, Bertha Jean, Linda Barbara Louise, and Sharon Beverly.

She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her sisters, Shirley Bernice, Diane Rose, and brothers, Clifford George, Leonard Alvin, Earl Wallace, Harvey Bernall;, son-in-law Harold (Sonny) Cochrane and daughter-in-law Jenna Daniels and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Margaret graduated from St. Boniface School of Nursing on February 14, 1981 at the age of 35. Margaret loved being a nurse and demonstrated her passion through her superior care. As a young girl, she worked at the Fisher Hospital in Peguis First Nation as a health care aide. At the age of 18, she delivered a baby for a family member who could not make it to the hospital. After graduating as an Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN), she worked at the Winnipeg Municipal Hospital, St. Amant Centre, then Central Park Lodge until she became ill with an auto-immune illness and took early retirement in 2001. Margaret’s caring, gentle and kind nature endured her with her patients and their families. Margaret made many long lasting friendships with her nursing colleagues. She looked forward to getting together with Shelby, Jeanette, Terry, Betty and Judy to catch up and reminisce. 

Margarets’s home was always open to family and friends. She always had a meal, card game and laughter ready to share. Margaret didn’t have much in terms of wealth, but she was rich with love, friends and family. Whether you were a stranger or her closest friend, Margaret was the kind of person who treated everyone with respect and kindness. She left an unforgettable impact on everyone she met and taught her grandchildren to be kind and caring to all. Even on her toughest days, she never complained or wanted to impose on anyone. 

Margaret’s pride and joy were her three grandchildren, Brooke Delaney, Reyce Harrison and Halle Lauren. They cherished her company, support and will miss her warm hugs and loud kisses. She was so proud of their accomplishments. Some of their fondest memories are her stories, euphemisms, making jello and bannock and watching Dateline with her. She was the best grandma.

Margaret was very close with her niece, Louise. They were always together playing cards or going to the casino where they always shared their winnings with one another. Margaret spent many weekends with Louise, great-niece, Jessie, and sisters, Shirley and Diane and sister-in-law, Terry playing cards, bingo, sharing stories and always laughing. 

Margaret’s childhood best friend, Sarah Stevenson will miss Margaret terribly. Their friendship has strengthened over time and they have been supportive of each other through accomplishments and hardships. They shared many memories and laughter with each other.

Margaret truly encompassed what it meant to be a strong, hardworking and kind woman. Although our family will miss Margaret dearly, we cherish every memory, lesson or joke she shared with us. 

Cremation has taken place as per Margaret’s wishes. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held in the spring with internment taking place at Elmwood Cemetery.  

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Cindy Allan and Dr. Kelly Kaita for their care of Margaret. Thank you to Dr. Ted and the palliative care staff at Riverview Health Centre.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Winnipeg Cheer Board, The Humane Society or a charity of choice.

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