Margaret Alice Wotherspoon
Family 1: George Roy Hutchinson
- Sex: F
- Born: 25 APR 1925
The following was written by Cindy McEwen in April, 2000 for Margaret's
75th birthday celebration at Mayfair United Church. Cindy is a next-door
neighbor to Margaret on Kusch Crescent in Saskatoon.
"Margaret Alice Wotherspoon was born April 25, 1925 at Hyas,
Saskatchewan. She was the daughter of James (Jim) and Florence (Flo)
Wotherspoon and sister to her brothers Elvin, Lindsay, Bill and Ernie.
As a child, Margaret liked to put on concerts with friends, read,
skate and camp but what she really loved was to compete and succeed in
whatever she choose to do either verbally, intellectually or physically.
As a young adult, Margaret loved music, reading, socializing.
rhyming, curling, gardening, flower arranging, and cake decorating. Many
of these things, she still enjoys today.
In 1943-44, Margaret attended university and then in 1944-45
attended "Normal School" in Saskatoon. She first taught for half a year
at Sweetwater, near Beatty; and the second half of the year at Kermeria,
which was a very isolated area. Her landlady spoke only French and for
breakfast every day, they had thick toast with honey and cocoa to drink
and for supper every day they had mashed potatoes and meat. There was no
TV of course and not even a radio. It was a long half year. She then
taught at York School, near Meacham; Reserve Junction (Forest reserve)
and then at Endeavor; Togo; Arran and East Smoky Spruce.
When Margaret was 19, she met Roy Hutchinson, who, on their first
meeting said, "My name is Roy Hutchinson, do you want me?" Six years
later, in 1950, they were married at the Stenen United Church. They lived
in Kamsack, except for the first winter, when they lived at Madge Lake
and then moved to the Swan River Valley area in 1953 and Margaret
continued to teach and worked for the Kamsack School Unit. Before he was
married, Roy was a farmer, did custom trucking, stuccoing and carpentry
work and also worked for 17 years for the CN railway.
Roy passed away on March 13, 1967 and Margaret continued teaching
and then went back to the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in
1969 with her Bachelor of Education degree.
Margaret had met Joe Cooper over a drafting board in shop class
prior to her marriage to Roy and became reacquainted with him in 1969.
They had also met occasionally at summer school sessions at the U of S.
Margaret and Joe were married on January 17,1975 and lived in
Saskatoon. Joe had taught school for 38 years but was retired before he
and Margaret were married. Margaret had retired from teaching in 1971.
They moved from Avenue J North to Kusch Crescent in 1977. Margaret's
mother came to live with them until her passing in 1984. Joe and Margaret
had many wonderful years together until Joe passed away on March 23, 1996.
Margaret has been involved with the Rebekah's for many years and was
twice "Noble Grand". She is a strong member of the Mayfair United Church
and sang in the choir for many years. She also belongs to the Craft Guild
and has a very busy social life. It's very hard to find her at home,
unless you call her after midnight, because she rarely goes to bed before
3:00 am. And of course, she's a staunch NDPer.
All who really know Margaret, love her. She is witty, kind, loving,
generous and wonderful person who goes out of her way to help many
people. My children adore her and she often has many of the neighborhood
in for "tea". It is my honor and pleasure to be, not only a neighbor, but
a friend to this wonderful woman."
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