Margaret Louise Eleanor Houston 2,48,243
- Born: 4 May 1915, Perdue, , Saskatchewan, Canada 2,48,243
- Marriage: Ernest Allen Martens 2,48
- Died: 6 Jan 2008, Regina, , Saskatchewan, Canada at age 92 243
Another name for Margaret was Louise Houston.
Martens - Margaret Louise Eleanor (née Houston)
With great sadness, the family wishes to announce the passing of Louise, dear mother, grandmother, and aunt on Sunday January 6, 2008 at the age of 92 years, with her grandson at her side, after a brief illness and her half-century-long battle with osteo-arthritis. Her memory will linger in our hearts forever.
Louise was predeceased by her husband Ernest Allen Martens in 1953 (b., family homestead, Main Center, Saskatchewan), her parents, Kate Matilda Gardiner in 1960 (b., family farm, Westbrook, Ontario) and Arthur Russell Houston in 1966 (b., family homestead, Starbuck, Manitoba), her maternal grandparents, Charlotte Eleanor Leonard in 1916 (b., Westbrook, Ontario) and Jacob James Gardiner in 1923 (b., family homestead, Westbrook, Ontario), her paternal grandparents, Margaret McBurney in 1943 (b., Beverly, Ontario) and Robert Houston, Sr. circa 1934 (b., Lesmahagow, Scotland). A true Canadian with deep roots here, Louise is a descendant of a family (Leonard) who came to North America in 1620 on the Mayflower, and she is also a descendant of another family (McDonell) of United Empire Loyalists.
She is survived by her sons Geoffrey of Westport, Ontario, and James (Lorena May Blondin) of Regina, her grandchildren, Robert & Miranda, her sisters-in-law, Theresa of Regina, Katherine of Abbottsford, BC, Hertha and Katherine both of Herbert, SK, Victoria of Swift Current, SK, and Colleen of Weyburn, SK, her brothers-in-law, Edgar(Ruth) of Red Deer, AB, Corney of Swift Current, SK, and Donald(Audrey) of Oyen, AB and many, many nieces and nephews.
Louise was the daughter of a CPR station-agent and was born in the station-house in Perdue, Saskatchewan, in 1915. Her early schooling was there, and her piano-lessons only a short ride away over the rails to Saskatoon where she subsequently attended the University of Saskatchewan (Home Economics), and later on, Business School in London, Ontario. With a young family to support, Louise returned to work (Government of Saskatchewan), finally retiring in 1982. Where did the time go?
She will be remembered for her dedication and generosity to her family, friends and co-workers. Oh, and she loved Rachmaninoff; but despised country-music. She was her own woman to the end.
The family would like to thank Regina's Pasqua Hospital Emergency personnel for their efforts through Mum's only night away from her house in many years.
A memorial service will be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 1:30PM; coffee & tea to follow at the Family Centre.
Noted events in her life were:
• 1916 Census of Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta), 1916, Perdue, Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. 657 Perdue village, p. 36, lines 37-39, household 21;
Margaret E. L., age 1, with father A. Russell, age 29, and mother Kattie M., age 29.
• 1921 Census of Canada, 1921, Perdue, Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. 658 Perdue village,p. 4, lines 2-6, household 40;
M. Louise, age 6, with father Arthur, age 34, mother Katherine, age 34, with grandfather Jacob J. Gardiner, age 70, and uncle Wilfred, age 32.
Margaret married Ernest Allen Martens 2.,48 (Ernest Allen Martens was born in Main Center, Saskatchewan, Canada 243 and died on 4 Nov 1953 2,48.)