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Margaret Eva McKillop
April 22, 1926 - November 30, 2016
McKillop (Osborne-MacRae), Margaret Eva, Bedford /Halifax. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Halifax, Margaret quietly and peacefully slipped away out of the arms of Elroy and into the waiting warm embrace of God, her creator and sustainer, ending a long struggle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The road had been long, but each day was met with the Faith that God never sends a burden without also giving the strength to carry the load. Marg was born on April 22, 1926 in Cow Bay, the eldest daughter of the late Percy and Helen (Conrad) Osborne. In the Cow Bay school she received her education and at the age of 19 began her 37 year career in Banking, first with the Bank of Montreal and then with the Toronto Dominion Bank. Throughout her adult life, Marg had been involved in the work of several United Churches, acting as Clerk of Session, Treasurer, Sunday School teacher, Superintendant and UCW President , to name a few of the offices held. She was a long-time member of IODE where she held the office of Treasurer. Marg was honoured to have been made a life member of both UCW and IODE. She also enjoyed her time with the “Red Hat” ladies, the Mayflower Quilters Guild and the Ministers Wives Association. Marg had many hobbies including curling, bowling, square dancing, sewing, crafting and especially hand quilting. She leaves a legacy of many beautiful and unique quilts to be enjoyed by family. After retiring from the bank, Marg moved into a completely different line of work and service when she became the perfect hostess and lady of the Springhill United Church manse and constant and strong support for her new husband. Marg had the true gift of being able to make people of all ages feel comfortable, important and welcome. She loved to cook, decorate , entertain particularly at Christmas, her favorite time of the year, travel and she and Elroy were privileged to over the past 30 years, visit the Canary Islands, Cuba, Hawaii, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, all provinces in Canada and most States in the US. They also enjoyed Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises, visiting many beautiful islands. Marg is survived by, and will be extremely missed by her husband, Elroy, son David (Karen) MacRae, granddaughters Meagan (Andrew) Griffen, Emily and grandson Christopher, great grandsons Logan and Lewis, sisters Helen , Rita Colbert and Marion (Michael) Bembridge, brother Francis (Judy). Surviving also are three step-children, Heather, Michael (Vanessa), Kathryn (Donnie), step-grandchildren, Devyn, Tanner and Rowan, sister-in-law Evelyn MacRae, brother –in-law Ivan (Marilyn) McKillop and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Murdock MacRae, sister, Evelyn, brother, Murray, sisters-in-law Gwen and Iris, brothers in-law Fred “Sonny” and Ian “Pep”, niece Carol, nephews Paul and Mark, many aunts uncles, cousins and extended MacRae and McKillop family members. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held in the MacKinnon Memorial Chapel of Bethany United Church on Friday December 9th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm, with the funeral service in Bethany Sanctuary on Saturday December 10 at 3 pm, Reverend Kevin Little and Reverend Dr. Randy Crozsman. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and food in the Reverend Ewen Moase Fellowship Hall. Bethany church is near the Armdale Rotary with main doors of the church on Clinton Avenue, just off Joseph Howe Dr. . Please use the mains doors for visitation hours as well as the Saturday service. Extra parking is available Friday and Saturday afternoons at St. James Anglican Church across the street (Joseph Howe Drive). Please use care crossing the busy street. Interment will take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens on Monday, December 12 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. Family flowers only. For those who wish, donations are welcomed and appreciated to Marg’s favorite charity, the Mission and Service Fund of Bethany, or that of your own congregation ; St. Vincent’s Nursing Home, which she called “home” for the past 20 months; the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, or any charity of your choice which helps others. The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Vincent’s, especially those serving the 6th floor residents, for their wonderful compassionate care, not only to residents, but to all family members as well. A truly wonderful “family” atmosphere. Online condolences may be made by visiting the website www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com and selecting the Sackville Chapel