Margaret Elizabeth de Stecher
Obituary for Margaret Elizabeth de Stecher
Margaret Elizabeth de Stecher passed away on 14 May 2020 at the age of 97, with courage and grace. Her son Allan cared for her in his home, where she lived for the last year and a half of her life, looking out over the lake.
Margaret was the daughter of the late Ida Windsor Scott and William Scott, sister of the late Daphne Tate (Scott) and William Scott, and wife of the late Roy de Stecher. Margaret is survived by her children Sabina de Stecher (Terry Triskle), Anne de Stecher, and Allan de Stecher; her grandchildren Grace MacLean-de Stecher and Victoria Watson; her nephew Bruce Tate and his wife Kim Meimaroglou and her grandniece and grandnephew Marika and Will Tate; her niece Marianna Scott; her nephew Brian Scott and his wife Tracey and grandniece and grandnephews Stephanie, Adrian, and Adam.
Margaret was born in Outrement, Montreal. She was a strong student and trophy-winning athlete in track and field and basketball. She was a passionate teacher; she attended MacDonald College and went on to teach in Montreal, northern Quebec, and New Brunswick. She was a keen skier during her teaching years. She had happy memories of weekends at Saint-Sauveur, taking the Ski Train from Park Extension in Montreal. Margaret was active all her life. She loved long walks. During her years in Ottawa she walked around the experimental farm every day, and continued her daily walks in Wolfville, with her friends there. She was a dedicated gardener and made her home and garden beautiful wherever she lived- her Montreal style stayed with her all her life. Margaret was a businesswoman. She loved the stock market and bought her first block of shares when she was 27 (St. Lawrence Cement). She followed the market for the next sixty years and ran a successful small business in Ottawa.
Margaret approached life as a gallant fighter. She made bold choices, from her first job teaching at a northern Quebec mining town in the 1940s to the homes she bought and renovated over the years, to her business. Her optimistic outlook inspired us. She encouraged her children and family to achieve their dreams. She was a strong, loving presence to her family and friends and gave unwavering support. We miss her so much and we will continue her optimism and indomitable spirit in our lives.
Donations in memory of Margaret may be given to the Cancer Society or your local food bank. The family would like to thank everyone at Northwood Home Care for the outstanding, loving care they gave Margaret. A service will be held at a later date, due to current restrictions.
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