Margit Nielsen

Obituary of Margit Nielsen

Margit Nielsen was born April 26, 1929 in Denmark. She passed away Friday, January 4, 2019, in Three Hills, Alberta.

Margit was predeceased by her loving husband Viktor in November 2016.  Margit is survived by her three children: Inger (Don Smith), Bent (Jeanette Nielsen), and Hanne (Earl Paget). Margit also leaves to mourn her five Grandchildren: Chris Paget, Jackie Trentham, Amy Ball, Eric Nielsen and Jennifer Sherburne, and also eleven Great Grandchildren. There are also surviving members of Margit’s family left in Denmark including one Brother and several nieces and nephews.

Margit immigrated with Viktor to Canada in the spring of 1960. After a more than difficult Atlantic crossing, Margit and her family arrived in a snow storm at the train station in Swalwell, where Vik had secured a job as a hired hand on a farm near Carbon. Here Margit strived to make a home for her family in less than ideal conditions.  Imagine: coming to a strange new land and not knowing the language well and not knowing what many of the products were on the grocery store shelves as she didn't know many of the English words on labels. Fortunately, the kindness of many of the people she met were often willing to help Margit when she needed it. Over the years Margit was always thankful for all the wonderful people she counted as her friends as she became more and more “Canadian.”

In 1967, Margit and Viktor bought their own place just outside of Acme. This was their pride and joy.  Margit’s ability to make a garden or any plant grow was truly amazing. Her love of plants really showed in the early days of summer at “the farm.” In those days the garden was bursting with color and greenery.  Over the years she never lost her “touch” with plants and flowers.

While in Acme Margit was a valued member of the Royal Purple and the Rebecca Lodge.  She was proud to work with these organizations that did charity work in and around the community for many years.  Margit loved to play cards and especially bridge. Playing bridge with her many like minded friends was a special joy for her.

Margit and Vik loved to travel and they started out small. With a tent trailer in the early days, they camped many different places with Inger, Bent and Hanne as they learned about their new home: Alberta.  Margit and Viktor always considered themselves fortunate that they were able to travel back to Denmark over the years to see family there.  When asked by a family member if she would ever like to move back to Denmark she said “No I wouldn’t; Canada is my home now.” All of those who knew Margit will tell you that they are very glad to have had her here as well.

The family would like to take this opportunity to express their heartfelt thanks to Home Care and all of the staff at Chateau Three Hills. Margit loved the Chateau and truly enjoyed her last years there. She was always an eager participant in most of the activities that were offered at the Chateau. We would also like to thank all of the wonderful people who work in the Palliative Care Unit at the Three Hills Hospital for the comfort and care of Margit during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Three Hills and District Palliative Care Society.

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