Obituary of Margaret McElhinney
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It is with an unending amount of joy and gratitude, and yet, with unbearable heartache that we share with you the passing of Margaret McElhinney, Faithful Servant of Christ, at the age of 104 years. She was surrounded by the abundant love of her family, both in person and in spirit, when she left us in the early morning hours of February 12, 2023 during her stay in Palliative Care at St Paul’s Hospital.
Marg was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 18th, 1918 and has now reunited with her husband Rev. Marshall McElhinney, daughter Susanne, sister Dorelene Anderson and brother Fred Hancock. She is deeply and lovingly remembered by her daughter Peg (Larry) McRorie, Saskatoon, son Bob (Dorothy) McElhinney, Toronto and son in law Bill Derby, Silton, Sk. Grandmother to Lora McElhinney (Gladis), Cameron McRorie, Samantha McRorie (Nick), Joanna McElhinney (Neil), Jessica Dreger (Dale) and Victoria Derby. Treasured by her seven great grandchildren Seth, Aiden, Liam, Baz, Jared, Aaron and Mason. Deeply feeling her loss is her brother in law Douglas Anderson of Harriston, Ontario, numerous nieces and nephews as well as Kevin Baker and family of Kingston, Ontario.
Marg married her Marsh in December 1939 and together started a life of service to the United Church of Canada. In 1961 they left Toronto to head to the Province of Saskatchewan to serve the parish of Avonlea, Hearne and Crystal Hill. Moving once again in 1970 to Strasbourg, Bulyea and Silton parish until their retirement to their acreage near Silton. The past eight years Marg spent in Saskatoon at Preston Park 1 Retirement Residence meant new friends and different, yet exciting times. These friendships, as well as the caring and compassionate staff, sustained her greatly and we cannot thank them enough.
Perhaps it was because of the Great Depression and Drought of the 30s Marg did not place foremost importance on material possessions. Indeed, her greatest joys in life were family, children, home, love, dear friends and times filled with laughter.
We know the richest of blessings are hers at the end of a life well lived.
For those wishing in lieu of flowers, a donation in her name may be made to a Children’s Charity of your choice.
A service of remembrance for this remarkable woman will be held on March 18th, 1:30pm at McClure United Church, Saskatoon with Rev. Debra Berg presiding.