Pictou Advocate Obituaries

MacFARLANE, Margaret Evelyn


MacFARLANE, Margaret Evelyn –  passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017 at Valley View Villa with her daughter by her side. Born on June 7, 1918, in Merigomish, she was a daughter of the late William and Florence (Roy) Smith. She was a resident of Glen Brea Senior’s Apartments, Hopewell for 33 years. She was a very active member of First Presbyterian Church, from singing in the choir to serving suppers and catering. She was a very busy and active lady in the Women’s Institute Society; L.O.B.A. Acadia Sisters #609, Westville; Branch #75 Eureka Legion Auxiliary; Crystal Fountain #11 Rebekah Lodge; Ladies Auxiliary to Eureka and District Fire Dept.; Founding member of the Hopewell Heritage Foot Bridge and Ceilidh.  She was bestowed the title of Most Worshipable Honourary Member of the Grand Lodge of Canada L.O.B.A. She was also a great knitter, knitting for family and friends and for 80 years for the Red Cross. She was not only a mom to her own children, but “Mommy Marg” to a lot of children she looked after, Burke children, and was also a midwife.  She will be deeply missed by her children, Edna Lays (Billy Webb), Marian (Gary) McMullen, and Billy MacFarlane; grandchildren, Jim Lays, Roy Lays (Alisha and their son Avery); Derek Lays, Michael McMullen, Diane McMullen (her children Maddie and David); sisters, Janet Thomson and Edith (Terry) Iceton, Don Mills, Ont.; brothers Roy (Noreen) Smith, Merigomish, Harold (Marian) Smith, Halifax; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend Wayne Ross, Hopewell.  She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth (1982); son-in-law Ronnie Lays (1997); her sisters Dorothy (her twin) and Winnifred Smith; and brother in-law Bill Thomson (2014). Funeral was held March 7 from First Presbyterian Church, Hopewell. Burial will be at a later date.  Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Hopewell or the Hopewell Park and Foot Bridge Assoc.

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