Margaret Garber (Farquhar) We are so sad to inform you of the death of Margaret Elizabeth Kirk Garber (née Farquhar) on September 1, 2013 at home, in the loving arms of her family. Margaret was mother to daughters Leslie (David Bezic) and Emily (Geoff Gerhardt). She was married for 43 years to Nathan and was the adoring grandmother of Lyla and Rosalie Bezic and Josephine and Margaret Gerhardt. Margaret was a loving sister to Don (Donata) Farquhar, Kirk Farquhar (Beverly Hales) and Robin Clark and was a treasured sister-in-law to Lisa Garber and Victor Garber (Rainer Andreesen). She will also be missed by nephews Jamie Clark, Christopher Farquhar, Jonathan and Scott Morisseau, and niece Natalie Farquhar. She was predeceased by parents Donald and Jeanette Farquhar and brother-in-law, John Clark. Margaret grew up in Brantford and moved to Toronto to attend the school of nursing at the Hospital for Sick Children where she later worked in the intensive care unit. She was proud to be a nurse and worked in Toronto, London England and Kitchener before moving with Nathan to London. After achieving a BScN degree she educated student nurses for 30 years at Fanshawe College where she was admired and respected by students and colleagues for her knowledge, integrity, and commitment to the profession. Her interest in international development led to her participation in health and education projects in Lebanon, Samoa, and South Africa. All family members were beneficiaries of Margaret's supportive actions at one time or another. Margaret's caring attitude, knowledge and wisdom were precious resources for family members and others in times of crisis and in daily life. She was devoted to family, with a special connection to her aunts Shirley and Jean. For many years, after the death of Shirley's daughter Leslee, in a car accident, Margaret provided loving care to Shirley. In later years, Margaret called her daily and traveled to see her frequently. The arrival of four granddaughters in the last four years added a whole new dimension to Margaret's life. Her daughters relied upon her for wise counsel and the toddlers loved to cuddle up with her in bed, engaged in her endless supply of iPad apps. Her concern for people went beyond the family and she never settled for half-measures. It was not enough to donate funds so low-income students could have a class trip to Camp Queen Elizabeth. In addition, she cooked weekly soup lunches all winter to raise money for the trip. Then she accompanied the students on the trip and led them in reading circles. She never hesitated to give time and resources to causes of social justice, especially to Canadian Crossroads International. Many successful fundraising events were conceived and planned, or carried out in the family home. In all areas of her life, Margaret was amazingly creative. A voracious reader and lifelong learner, she regularly consumed two or three books a week. For the last few years, she was active in the Seniors Learning in Retirement group where she prepared presentations on topics as diverse as Lucien Freud, Beverly Sills, and Tales of Narnia. She loved to sing and was renowned for knowing the words to any rock-and-roll song you could think of. Margaret loved museums, for both art and history. She visited most of the great museums of Europe and North America but also took great interest in the work and domestic life of the communities represented in the small-town museums of Canada. She was also knowledgeable about natural history, taking pleasure in the birds and wildlife attracted to her garden and annual bird-watching and camping trips to Point Pelee. She was determined to camp with friends again this spring and only reluctantly agreed to sleep in a motel when tenting became impossible for her. Margaret was creative in many areas but especially loved needlecrafts, enjoying her weekly knitting group for many years. The house often rang with laughter as she and her precious friend Lee worked together to create wonderful personalized quilts for the family. From the beginning of their marriage, Margaret and Nathan created a home where everyone was welcome. Good food, a warm bed, and lasting friendship greeted many exchange students, refugees, and international travellers. Holiday gatherings always included extended family and friends, old and new. She was an exceptional cook and baker, ready to produce wonderful meals and treats for any occasion. Margaret and her family were very grateful for the caring attitude of the doctors, nurses, and radiology technicians at the London & Regional Cancer Centre during her illness, with special thanks to Nurse Bonnie Martin and Doctor Stephen Welch. In her final days, the services of the CCAC and Victorian Order of Nurses palliative care team enabled her to be cared for at home by her family and devoted friends. In all things, Margaret exemplified honesty, integrity, compassion, courage and directness. As a wife, mother, nurse, teacher, colleague, and friend, she left a legacy that will be treasured by all who knew her. Visitation on Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond where the funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, September 4 at 11 am. Margaret asked that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex. To place a memorial donation, click Donations at top-right on this page and follow prompts.
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