OBITUARY

Margaret Donaldson

Posted - March 14, 2024

We come into the world with nothing and leave the same way. Some people are born into wealth which cushions them from life's mundane difficulties.

The late Margaret Donaldson, 13 Whitworth Place, who died on 28th November 2023, had no such pillow. Her mother died giving birth to her and her  father was at sea the majority of her life.

Fortunately she was taken in by a close neighbour. Granny Carson, a local 'midwife and layer out' in Leith near Ediburgh, who loved and cherished her.  This was before the NHS.  Medicine and doctors had to be paid for.

After Margaret married, the family moved to Oxford. Her husband found work at Press Steel Fisher. He was however, disabled with emphasema and chronically ill all his life.

She had two sons Iain and Andrew, and a daughter Fiona, the youngest. She brought them up single handedly the majority of her life. The family lived  in Cowley where Margaret was a telephonist at Nuffield Press a job she loved and didn't want to retire from.  She biked everywhere and didn't give up until her 80s.

If you are lucky to be loved in this world you are most fortunate.  Margaret may not have had great wealth, but she gave a lot in many other ways hard working, neighbourly, and generous with her time. For years she sold poppies for Remembrance Day and regularly donated money to charity. She did not do this to have her name on a wall or a building named after her but simply to help others.

Her three children were educated and taught that life might be a struggle, but opportunities come to those who took up the challenge.   They have all gone on to make wonderful lives for themselves. The love she gave them passes through them to her nine great, grandchildren.  Life will continue but there will be a gaping hole.

Margaret moved to Jericho after she retired. She embraced the close-knit community joining in with local activities and making lots of new friends. She enjoyed a very long retirement and was independent until she was 97.

Unfortunately, Covid took its toll on all of us but for the isolated left on their own was singularly bad. Her local friends helped when they could, and her family are very grateful to the Jericho Alive & Kicking family.  However, when she broke her hip, the decline started.  Life was cruel to her like many old vulnerable people choices become fewer & fewer when you are dependent on care. 

Margaret Donaldson will live on.  Her last wish was for her ashes to be scattered on the river Almond, in the village of Cramond, near Edinburgh. The family will fulfil her wish of returning there to celebrate her 100th birthday. A party we all hoped she would be guest of honour at.

To Margaret. A life well lived. 
 

Author: Fiona Dobbs

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