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Born: Jan 06, 1929

Date of Passing: Apr 13, 2021

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SKINNER: Margaret Agnes Skinner passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, MB on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 92 years. Margaret was born on January 6, 1929 at Elstow, SK to James and Isabella Ross. She was the tenth child in a family of eleven. When Margaret was eight years old the family moved all of their belongings, including livestock to their new home just north of Alexander, MB. She attended Spring Valley School in her early years and then later enrolled in a nursing program in Saskatoon, SK until she married Wendell Skinner on September 30, 1949. The couple started their farming career in Alexander where they raised their four children. Margaret stayed on the same homestead for 71 years. She spent many hours in the garden where she grew vegetables, raspberries and lots of flowers. She made many meals, cookies, buns and bread and her home was always open for neighbours, friends and family to have a cup of tea and visit. She was a loving, caring, cheerful and positive person who brightened everyone's day who met her. She was a member of the Alexander church and involved with the UCW. Margaret was predeceased by her loving husband, Wendell; her children, Michael, Linda and son-in-law Don Clisby; grandson, David; parents, James and Isabella Ross; sisters, Mary Lindberg (Carl), Bella Ross, Rose Madder (Frank), Mabel Kelly (Hugh), Jean Pound (Don), and Helen Sibbald (Bill); brothers, James, Dave (Norrine), Alex (Myrtle) and Don Ross (Marnie). She was survived by her two sons, Don and Frank (Lorraine) and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Margaret will be missed by all that knew her. She made everyone around feel special and will carry on forever in our hearts. Due to covid restrictions, a private Graveside Service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens with Rev. Doug Neufeld officiating. The family invites you to watch the livestream of the Graveside Service for Margaret on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) by visiting Margaret's tribute page on Brockie Donovan's website at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9 or to Strays That Can't Pay, 625 Franklin St., Brandon, MB, R7A 5R1.

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Publish Date: Apr 24, 2021

SKINNER: Margaret Skinner passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 92 years. A memorial service will be held at a later date when Covid 19 restrictions are lifted.

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Publish Date: Apr 17, 2021

As published in Brandon Sun on Apr 17, 2021, Apr 24, 2021

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  • My favorite aunt, which was something to say in a bevy of aunties who were all so wonderful. But Auntie Marg was so special. She never had an unkind word no matter the situation and her matter of fact attitude towards life was special. She always had the ability to turn the other cheek and look at life from all sides. Her life did not always go smoothly but she always had the ability to take those lemons and make lemonade. I will miss her kindness, our chats, our crokinole games and the laughter and stories we shared. One of her last stories makes me chuckle even now. Her father, my grandfather, saw the beautiful streams and fields near Brandon and decided to move the family of 12 or so. In 1936 they left the dust bowl near Elstow, Saskatchewan, piled all their belongings on their old 1920's truck and headed for Manitoba. She said they looked like the Clampett family off the tv series "Beverly Hillbillies" That must have been quite the sight... A special thank you to all the homecare and medical staff that made it possible for my Auntie Margaret to realize her wish to live in her own home as long as possible. - Posted by: Judith Hume (niece) on: Apr 23, 2021

  • Aunt Margaret was such a special lady. ..courageous, generous, humble, humorous and kind. I will miss the opportunity to chat with her on the telephone. I especially treasure the time before COVID, when I could spend an afternoon visiting her around her kitchen table where I could always get a cup of tea and settle into working on assembling pieces of a picture puzzle or getting royally whipped in a game of crib or scrabble. May Aunt Margaret rest in peace, I know she is in the company of angels Carolyn Ross - Posted by: Carolyn Ross (Niece) on: Apr 22, 2021

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