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Margaret Eileen Holt

July 3, 1933 ~ September 13, 2021 (age 88)


Margaret Eileen Holt

Age 88 Years

We cry, we laugh, we share stories of this wonderful woman of strong faith – she who was a mother (of nine), a wife, a Grandmother, a Great Grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, neighbour, and so much more. Rest Peacefully, Margaret.

In Loving Memory of

Margaret Eileen Holt

Age 88 Years

Born July 3, 1933

Winnipegosis, Manitoba

Passed Away September 13, 2021

Waterhen, Manitoba

Per her wishes, Margaret has been cremated, and family will see to her final resting place.

As Margaret was a simple woman, and due in part to pandemic planning, a small private service for family and close friends will be held for her on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Waterhen Riverside Cemetery located just off the North Mallard Road, in Waterhen, Manitoba.

Family will extend invitations to those they wish to be present at the small private service.



Bless me with friends who come when I call

Land that’s fertile so my crops will grow tall

Reliable equipment that doesn’t break down

Weather that’s perfect sunup to sundown

A bountiful harvest I will not regret

For I am a Rancher and Logger,

on this you can bet!



One of Margaret’s messages to our family in her final days was:

“I am ready to go. When I go, I want everyone to be happy for me. I want everyone in the family to know that I love them all.”

Donations in Margaret’s memory can be made to a charity of your choosing.

It is with great sadness that the Holt family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved Margaret Eileen Holt (nee McCreery) on 13 September 2021, at the age of 88, in Waterhen, Manitoba, in the quiet comfort of her humble country home, with beloved family at her side.

Margaret was born to Arthur James McCreery of Montana, USA and Ragnhild Johanne Forsback of Helgeland, Norway on July 3, 1933 in Winnipegosis, MB.  She grew up Waterhen, Manitoba with her brothers Dale (deceased) and Jim and her sisters Joan, Joyce, Sharon and Betty (deceased). Joan, Joyce and Sharon were able to be with Margaret in her final days, which was a great joy and comfort for her.

Margaret married her husband Charles Henry Holt July 29, 1952, and they built a life ranching and harvesting timber, raising livestock and rearing children. Margaret loved gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles, sudoku number puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. She was a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist faith, and enjoyed the fellowship, meals and live music performed at church gatherings. She loved visiting and speaking with family and friends on the phone, and had a very special relationship with her dear friend Audrey, with whom she would often hit the road on adventures that took them to Dauphin, Winnipegosis, and Ste. Rose.

Margaret was predeceased by her daughter Nadina in 2008, her son Joseph in 2015, and her husband Charles in 2016. When “Charlie” died, she drew on the strength of her family, friends and church – and her canine companion Shuri, who was never far from her side.

Margaret and Charlie’s memory is cherished by their children (Virginia [husband Kenneth Spence]; Gayle [husband Martin Bonnett]; Lyle aka Hank [former wives Cindy, Pat (deceased) and Mona (deceased)]; Bill [wife Colleen]; Debra [husband Jim Drew]; Lee [wife Shannon]; Tony [wife Shirley]) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Margaret Eileen Holt, please visit our floral store.


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