by Doreen Dykers.
Marg served at Marian Centre Regina from June 2008 until August 2009. Doreen, who is still there, was on staff with her.
Marg was never one to complain. Though she suffered greatly as a result of severe allergies, she rarely mentioned it. She was a quiet, gentle presence.
Always game to try something new, Marg developed an enthusiastic appreciation for travel and seeing new places. During her year with us, she spent a week with the Trappists in Manitoba, attended the annual Assumption Day pilgrimage in Kronau, and participated in a Ukrainian Catholic ordination in Saskatoon.
She traveled throughout Saskatchewan visiting Moose Jaw, the Qu’Appelle Valley, and Gravelbourg. She stayed at St. Therese College in Bruno, and she picked blackberries in Cypress Hills.
Marg was interested in the aboriginal culture and attended a number of events such as an outdoor pow wow on one of the reserves and a presentation by urban aboriginal storytellers.
She thoroughly enjoyed walking and managed to get out every day for a long walk even when the temperature was below – 30 C!
If there was a free event happening in Regina, Marg discovered it and got involved, often connecting with friends of the house.
Marg was intelligent and practical. At one point, our director, Nancy, called all of us down to the basement to brainstorm how to renovate it to create another room. Each of us presented our thoughts, and Marg spoke last. She gave a very simple and obvious solution that the rest of us had missed.
Marg was also a voracious reader. The extent of her wide-ranging knowledge became apparent during a presentation we gave at a religion class at a local Catholic college. One of the students asked a very difficult question that had all of us at a loss for words, except for Marg, who came forth with a brilliant answer.
And after the Order of Canada was awarded to Dr. Henry Morgentaler for his work in legalizing and providing access to abortion, Marg wrote an eloquent letter to the editor describing how impartiality has vanished.
Marg had imagination and ingenuity. On the eve of All Saints Day, we’d been asked by a family to visit them dressed as saints. This was a challenge because we had no costumes.
But we did have gardening supplies. With a wide brimmed straw hat, an oversized denim shirt, and a rake, Marg dressed as St. Fiacre, an early Irish saint who cultivated a garden adjacent to his cell.
One of the most creative and effective introductions for a talk on Marian Centre (whose apostolate is with street people) came from Marg. She captured the imagination of the children when she asked them, "What would it be like for you today if you were hungry, cold, and lonely?"
Let me end by saying the most important thing about her: Marg loved the Madonna House life, and she lived it to the full using all the gifts God gave her to love generously.
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