Posted: May 4th, 2022

November 17, 1927 – November 22, 2021


Margaret, beloved wife of the late George Blades, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat on Monday, November 22nd at the age of 94 years. Mom was born on November 17, 1927 in Purewell, England. She met George, a Canadian Airman serving in England during the War, at the movies and they were married in Christchurch in June 1945. Mom was proud to be a British War Bride and, newly married at the age of 17, she sailed on her own from Southampton, England to Halifax and then travelled by train to Medicine Hat where she was welcomed by in-laws whom she had never met. She then waited for George to return from War. During that time, Mom met another British War Bride, Eileen Clark, and they became lifelong friends keeping in touch until the time of her passing. Mom loved flowers, loved to garden and was proud of her house and gardens as she was able to stay in her own home until the time of her passing. Although she could not garden anymore, she loved to sit on her balcony, feed the blue jays and always had fresh cut flowers in the house. She loved to read, knit, crochet and all kinds of crafting. Mom was blessed to have many good friends and loved to spend time with them, golfing, bowling, playing bridge, going to garage sales and visiting over a cup of Cappuccino. Mom leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren: Shirley (Alan) Akers, their children Kristin (Brian) Weighill (Samantha, Carter and Charlie) and David (Veronica) Akers (Tristan, Elizabeth and Annabelle) all of Calgary; Sharon Kirvan of Redcliff; Sheila (Dwayne) McFadzen of Lloydminster, their children Kurtis (Darla) McFadzen (Slade and Tryp) of Redcliff and Kelly (Kristin) McFadzen (Taigen and Rilee) of Lloydminster. She also leaves one brother, Dennis Rowley as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the UK. She will be sadly missed by her family, many friends and her adopted British grandson, Tommy McMurtrie, whom she loved to have lunch and tea with and talk about wartime England. She was predeceased by her husband, George (August 1979) and his parents Nora and Charles Blades; her parents; five brothers; two sisters and numerous good friends. The family wish to thank Dr. Lazarevic, the Home Care Aides, the staff at St Joseph’s Home and Redcliff Meals on Wheels drivers. A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at the Gordon Memorial United Church, 401 – 2 Street S.E. in Redcliff on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Bob Cruickshank officiating.  Following the Church Service, everyone is invited to stay and share in a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Church Hall.  Memorial donations in Margaret’s name may be made to the Gordon Memorial United Church or a Charity of choice. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Honoured to serve the family is



Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”





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