It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Saturday, June 18, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. She is now at rest.
She was predeceased by her husband Ernest (Ernie) Hamm and will forever be missed by her many loved ones, her children: Shannon Dornez, Brent (Linda) Hamm, Tara (Rick) Levesque, and Kevin (Brenda) Hamm. Her grandchildren: Colleen Dornez, Dominic (Emilie) Dornez, Jessica (Clint) Barkman, Haley Hamm, Ryan (Nicole) Levesque, Derek (Stephanie) Levesque, Kyle (Leanne) Hamm, Kieran (Jenny) Hamm and Keenen (Meagan) Hamm. Her great-grandchildren: Bradey Dornez, Rosalie and Gabrielle Dornez, June, Wyatt and Jace Barkman, Londyn and Levi Levesque, Bohdi and Waverely Levesque, Rochelle and Bryan Hamm, Belle and Layne Hamm, and Kaia Hamm.
Margaret was born and raised on Home Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the age of fifteen she started working for Eaton’s where she worked for five years. She often talked about that first job and how much she enjoyed working there. She married Ernie in August 1958 and shortly after the children started arriving. After their children were all in school, she returned to the workforce helping Ernie out at the garage by doing the bookkeeping for nine years.
The family finally made their big move to the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne in the summer of 1972. Having a large family, she felt a large garden was very necessary. With the help of the whole family, she maintained this garden in the spring and summer months, canned many jars and froze many vegetables in the fall. She was a fairly adventurous cook and her family enjoyed many of those meals. Later, she enjoyed many trips to the Flying Fisherman’s Club on the Gammon River where her husband was a member. Both her youngest son (Kevin) and son in-law (Rick) have carried on the fishing tradition and helped her attain a record of eighty fishing trips. A love of the outdoors encouraged the purchase of a cottage along the Winnipeg River near Lac du Bonnet. Again, more fishing, water sports, horseshoe games and other happy times outdoors as the family expanded. Margaret loved being able to share the cottage with both family and friends for many years.
Any of us who came to see Mom in the latter years fondly remember the many jigsaw puzzles sitting on the dining room table ready for us to add pieces when visiting. She created many cross-stitch pieces for all of her children and theirs down through the great-grandchildren as well as other members of her family. Looking at the pictures she created reminds us of the many hours of love and labour that she put into her craft for those that she loved.
We will be having a Celebration of Life for the family but will not be having a funeral service as we adhere to the wishes of our mother. Margaret was so fond of her many friends and family members, and we do thank you for all your kind wishes and condolences.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to CancerCare of Manitoba.