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Margaret Frances MacKinnon

April 22, 1921 - March 29, 2014
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MACKINNON (Atkins), Margaret Frances – 92, died suddenly at her home on March 29, 2014. Born in Halifax on April 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Harry Roy and "Kitty" Atkins. For Margaret, music always provided a beautiful symphony to her life from a young girl who played piano on a radio talent show, Uncle Mels, alongside Hank Snow, to concerts during the war, for family get-togethers, to her sunset years at The Berkeley where she played old time favourites for many a singsong. Margaret graduated from both Halifax Academy and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her early years, she was a court reporter, moved on to teach...
MACKINNON (Atkins), Margaret Frances – 92, died suddenly at her home on March 29, 2014. Born in Halifax on April 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Harry Roy and "Kitty" Atkins. For Margaret, music always provided a beautiful symphony to her life from a young girl who played piano on a radio talent show, Uncle Mels, alongside Hank Snow, to concerts during the war, for family get-togethers, to her sunset years at The Berkeley where she played old time favourites for many a singsong. Margaret graduated from both Halifax Academy and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her early years, she was a court reporter, moved on to teach dressmaking at the Halifax Vocational School, teach music years later in the Amherst School System, and finally provide music lessons privately when she and her husband retired to Prince Edward Island. When not "tickling the ivories", Margaret immersed herself in both the community and her children's extracurricular activities. She was in the CGIT, was a Girl Guide Commissioner, member of the Crystal Chapter, Easter Star, deeply involved in the Rotary Club & Shriners with her husband for many years, and active in the church and recreational sports teams throughout her life. Margaret loved to entertain and was always ahead of the curve when it came to dressing not only herself but her family and being a seamstress allowed her to whip up an outfit for many occasions, with matching shoes and jewellery, of course! Quick to participate in a practical joke, always ready to don a costume for a party, play a round of bridge or be part of a cabaret, Margaret was never one to be idle. Even when macular degeneration impaired her sight and her soul mate, Raymond, passed away, she continued to sail, ride a sea do, enjoy trips to Ireland and Disney with her children/grandchildren, learn to use a computer and at 90 was an inspirational speaker for the Vision Canada Conference in Halifax. She is survived by her daughters Lynn Boothroyd (Andrew), Orleans, ONT; Rae Owen (Mike), Dartmouth, NS; Anne MacKinnon(Chris Moir), W. Porter's Lake,NS; son Ian MacKinnon(Carol), Port Williams,NS ; sister Dunny Fitzgerald (Paddy), Dartmouth, NS; brothers Carl Atkins, Dartmouth NS; James Atkins, Halifax, NS; sister-in-law, Marian Dietz, Red Deer, AB; grandchildren, Allison Fitzgerald (Jason); Orleans, ONT; Adrienne Boothroyd (Ian Dawes), Ottawa, ONT; Ceri Owen, Kentville, NS; Dr. Meredith Owen(Neil Frizzo), Kemps Creek, Australia; Fraser Moir(Emily), Bedford, NS; Logan Moir, Halifax, NS; Sarah and Calum MacKinnon, Port Williams, NS and four great grandchildren, Rhys and Kian Fitzgerald and Erin and Alistair Dawes. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Raymond, an older brother Roy Atkins, her sister-in-laws, LeVaughn and Mary Atkins and brother-in-law, Frank Dietz. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Portland Street, Dartmouth, Saturday, April 5, 2014: 10-12; 2-4 PM; Memorial service on April 6, 2014, 12:00 noon, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, School Street, Dartmouth and reception to follow at Brightwood Golf and Country Club across the street. A service with the Crystal Chapter No. 1, O.E.S., Charlottetown, PE, will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM in the Chapter Room, Masonic Temple on Hillsborough St., Charlottetown. All are welcome; interment in Highfield Cemetery, West Royalty, PE will follow later. Family Flowers only please. Donations in Margaret's memory can be made to CNIB or a charity of choice. Online condolences can be sent to www.mattatallfuneralhome.com

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"Dear Lynn, I am very sad to learn about the death of your mother. I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers. A donation in memoriam of your mother..." Stéphane Vermette (Ottawa, ON)

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