It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret (Margurite) Mary Dykmans (nee Ross). At the age of 89, she peacefully passed away, surrounded by family, at her home in Southwood Nursing Home in Calgary. Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Frank Dykmans and her son Brian Ross (Patricia). Margaret is lovingly remembered by her two children, Laura Folkmann (Lyle) and Paula Stroobant (Randall), and by her brother Leonard Ross. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren: Scott Ross (Candice), Tresa Lowe (Troy), Marie Massolin, Paul Massolin, Errin Massolin, Thomas Folkmann, Paige Stroobant, and Tayler Stroobant, and eight great-grandchildren: Breanne, Brooke, Avery, Adison, Casey, Chloe, Ella, and Kayla, and one great-great grandson Rocco. More recently, Margaret and her family were blessed to discover new family members, Stash Walton (Jim) and their children James (Jessica) and Joe, and Robert Fleckenstein (Kendra) and their son Daniel, and Leonard Ebelher.
Margaret was born in Ituna, Saskatchewan on August 16, 1930, the 8th of 9 children, to Alfred and Clara Ross. After leaving Saskatchewan, Margaret lived and worked in Banff and then eventually came to Calgary. A mutual friend introduced Margaret to the man who would become her husband, Frank Dykmans. It was love at first sight and they were immediately inseparable, marrying soon after.
Coming from humble beginnings, you could always find Margaret in a T-shirt and jeans. She loved sewing, creating many quilts for her children and grandchildren, gardening, playing cards, reading romance novels, playing baseball in her younger years, watching Stampede wrestling, and watching soap operas on TV. She was a die-hard Roughriders fan, and until her 50’s could still ride a horse and round up cattle. She loved listening to her favourite country music artist, Don Williams and had every CD he ever made. Her favourite song was “Say it Again”. Her cabbage rolls and perogies were legendary, and loved by all who tasted them.
Her life was not always an easy journey and she experienced much sadness and tragedy in her life, but above all, Margaret was a strong Metis woman of faith. She was strong in body and spirit, always fighting for what she wanted in life. She was loving, caring, kind, generous, loyal, compassionate, inspirational and spiritual. She was beautiful inside and out. She loved her family above all and prayed for them always. She had a beautiful infectious smile and a sparkle in her eye. She will be missed by all who knew her.
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